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EFE Co-Op Student Earning Credits and a Paycheck

Tyler Mahoney’s day is different from the average student’s. He attends Gull Lake High School in the morning for two classes, then leaves early and heads to work. He’s earning a paycheck while he earns credits toward graduation. That’s because Mahoney decided to enroll in Kalamazoo RESA’s Cooperative Education program through Education for Employment during his junior year.

After his morning classes at school, Mahoney heads to work at Dr. Spurr’s dental office in Kalamazoo. His job responsibilities include manning the front desk, working on scheduling, answering phones and emails, and some clinical work such as insurance billing.

Mahoney also participates in the Early Middle College program. He is enrolled at Kalamazoo Valley Community College where he’s taking Business Computer Applications. 

“Co-op is a good opportunity for students,” said Mahoney. “It’s a hands-on learning experience that you can put on your resume. I think students should consider it because they get to earn credits while making money. It’s nice not being a broke high school student.”  

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