i dunno i took a co-op course in highschool if that's what you mean. we did a bit of stuff in class like learning proper resume and job interview techniques, and then we had to go find a job placement where we had to work x amount of hours to get our credit for the course.<br><br>
my bf took co-op in college and it was much the same, except that he actually got paid to work at his placement because it wasn't just a halfday for a month like in highschool, he had to work a full semester, fulltime, then a semester of regular classes, then work again at another placement, then a semester of classes, etc..<br><br>
he had to go to class all summer and then would get 2 weeks off right at the end and then back to work. it was tough on him cause he worked his regular job on weekends too, but it gives you the hands on experience that class can't give you, so supposedly it makes it easier for graduates to find work later
Food co-ops run in a variety of ways, but in general, they are organizations that a operated for the majority, or the whole, by a group of people who pay dues and commit to a minimum of labor-input per year. They're run a lot like small grassroots organizations, actually, but instead of political (etc) motives, their goal is just to provide foodstuffs and so on.<br><br><br><br>
For example, there is a great one at the U of MD where you could walk in at any time and work for at least one hour and up to three per day and get $5/hr in food, and after your got 10 hours/week you got some discounts and a vote on the board. $5/hr may not sound like a lot, but you could literally go in any time, flash your ID, and get to work for your lunch. There were regular employees, and of course a board that organized the place, but every employee and regular "volunteer" got a vote in the decisions. Good stuff.
I managed a veggie cafe in a co-op in arizona for awhile. They are owned by several parties and all decision making goes through a board, or a pannel which is open to all members of the co-op.<br><br><br><br>
They usually carry natural foods, health foods, etc., although there are quite a few that are just a store like any other. They are really great for the community and often offer or sponsor community events and classes and such.<br><br><br><br>
Many are in contact with each other and are happy to help each other out when in times of need. Many times they run on a very low profit and ask members to volunteer their time as cashiers, deli workers, etc.<br><br><br><br>
Support your local co-op, they really do appreciate it.<br><br><br><br>
Yea, I think that what you were reading as coop, may be a co-op and it works just like MP/MOP said. I would like to check and see if there's a co-op in my area (or near to - I don't mind driving) but I don't know how I would even <i>begin</i> to find out about it.<br><br><br><br>
MOP - what part of AZ was this where you were manager in the co-op? The only one I know of is in Tempe (I think) or somewhere in the tri-city area.
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