High School Co-op Programs

The Co-Op Experience at CTA

A Co-op with CTA offers High School students (Juniors/Seniors) the ability to earn professional credentials for their lives beyond the classroom by providing hands-on training and exposure to the career world. Students are exposed to a variety of options available to suit a wide range of goals which includes career clarity, enhanced employability, vocational maturity, and early access to technical training and new technology. It also gives students the ability to earn money to help support their college education.

Students are guided by experts who can help them acquire the skills, knowledge, and experience needed to perform while emphasizing on-the-job- training, globalization, and the demands for accountability.

Student participants perform a plethora of administrative tasks, special projects, and assignments that support activities based on the needs and goals of their department and the CTA.


Eligibility Requirements

High School Co-op

  • Enrolled full-time Chicago-area high school
  • Junior or Senior Year
  • Earned a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Eligible to work in the United States
  • Eligible to work a minimum of 10 hours within a work week
  • Possess the skills and minimum requirements outlined in all administrative task


Co-op Opportunities

Co-op’s interested in participating should be enrolled in the following programs:

  • Education To Careers
  • Chicago Police & Fire Fighter Training Academy (CFTA)
  • Law & Public Safety Academics (LPSA)
  • Office of College & Career Preparation (CTE Unit)

Application Process

CTA is partnered with Chicago Public Schools and the Office of College and Career Preparation.

Students interested in the High School Co-op Program must contact their counselor for more information.

Note: Referrals are required.




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