CDE: all work and no play?

Have you ever heard of CDE and wondered what it stood for and meant? It stands for Cooperative Diversified Education.

Some students think that CDE is “the program where you get out of school to have fun and roam around.” This however, is not the case.

“[CDE is the] hands-on portion of vocational classes you’ve taken in school and applying them to the  job world,” said CDE Instructor William Reyes.

Brittany Downey takes a break from work and school. (Photo: Downey)

To be accepted into CDE, students are required to have a 2.0 grade point average, at least one credit in a vocational course that is aligned with their job, and a good discipline and attendance record.

The students involved in this program still get a letter grade every nine weeks just like a school-attending student. Their grade is based on a point system of five hundred that is divided into five categories:

  1. Employee evaluation
  2. Time sheets
  3. Florida Ready To Work certification exam
  4. CDE instructor evaluation
  5. Periodic assignments that consists of one assignment per nine
    weeks (ex. building a resume)

Another rule to CDE is that for every class hour they do not have, they have to make up in job hours per week. For example, if the student was to have CDE all four blocks of the school week (coming in one day to turn in any assignments), they would have to work twenty-nine hours at work.

“If laid off from their job, they have ten business days to find a new one. Now, if they’re fired, they also have ten days, but are also subject to dismissal from the program,” said Reyes.

The point of the program is to help students get experience in a profession they are considering as a career  before going on to college

When asked the advantages to the CDE program, students gave answers on

William Reyes is the CDE instructor. (Photo: Supplied)

both a money-saving perspective and a college-bound perspective.

“[I enjoy being able to] wake up later, being able to get more hours at work and making more money,” said senior Brittany Downey.

A student enrolled in next semester’s CDE course  knows just how much of an advantage this program could provide.

“Colleges actually like to see that a student is in a CDE program, because it shows them you are willing to both work hard and pay attention to your education,” said senior Alexandria Burton.

The students involved in the program still walk with their graduating class just like any other student in their grade.

“[The program] has about twenty students and [is] looking for more,” said Reyes.

If you need anymore information on the Cooperative Diversified Education Program, then see the CDE instructor William Reyes.