Student Perspective: Valuable Cooperative Education Experience
My name is Lauren Davis, and I am a senior in the Business Administration program at the Hartford Area Career and Technology Center (HACTC) and at Windsor High School. Last year as a junior I learned about Accounting. I decided after learning this curriculum that I really wanted to go to college to pursue a degree in Accounting.
In May of my junior year, my teacher, Mrs. Trombly, made me aware of a job opportunity at the Members Advantage Community Credit Union in White River Junction. I prepared my resume and went for a job interview. After I was hired, I completed my initial training at the White River branch, and then during the summer transfered to the Windsor branch, formerly known as the Covered Bridges Credit Union. This job opportunity not only gave me real-world experience but allowed me to practice skills such as making sure to balance my cash drawer every couple hours, practice working with the public and getting better with customer service.
At the end of the summer I decided I wanted to keep this position during my senior year. That is when I learned about the Cooperative Education Program at the HACTC. This program allows eligible students to go out to a job in the real world and experience a paid work-based learning position. Every Tuesday and Thursday, instead of going to the HACTC, I work at the credit union learning new skills that will prepare me for life after high school graduation. I enjoy interacting with the members from around the Upper Valley. I have become part of the MACCU family.
After high school, I have decided to continue my education at Lyndon State College. I am thankful for this work-based learning opportunity, and I feel that this has prepared me for my future and has given me the skills necessary in order to be a well rounded employee, student and person.