In the first two weeks of the new year, cooperative learning opportunities will be offered to employees at the Coopers Coffee Company in Santa Monica, according to the company.
The cooperative is owned by Cooperatives California, a cooperative education group.
Cooperatives California’s co-founder and president, Scott Hines, said the cooperative’s efforts were inspired by an experience he had working at a small coffee shop in the 1990s.
Cooperative learning is a way for employees to be engaged in the workplace and learn about cooperativism and how they can make a difference in the community.
It is also a way to create a community of support, he said.
Coopers is also recruiting new employees and helping students connect with other co-ops and cooperatives.
In addition to the learning, students at Coopers will be able to earn credits for cooperative work through the Cooperative Learning Program, which has been in operation for more than 15 years.
Cooperation learning also allows employees to learn about cooperative learning, Hines said.
For example, in an employee’s class, students learn how to apply a project plan and work together to create the cooperative plan, he added.
Coordinators at Cooperatives, the third-largest coffee chain in the United States, will be trained in how to conduct cooperative work.
The company is looking for volunteers and co-workers to take the courses, Hains said.
In Santa Monica alone, about 20 to 30 workers will take the classes.
Hines said it was important for Cooperatives to expand the program in order to meet growing demand.
Co-workers have been asking for it, he noted.
The program, which is expected to cost about $1,000 to $2,000 a week, will also help Cooperatives educate its employees about the co-op movement, Hins said.
The Coopers company is also encouraging employees to share their own cooperative experiences and the community in which they live.
Coins co-founders, including CEO Jim Schlossnagle, said they wanted the coops’ employees to become better communicators.
“The Coops is going to be very focused on that and really get into their employees’ lives,” he said in a statement.
Coops is also offering a number of other opportunities to educate and engage its employees, including workshops on co-operative principles and a free, online course in cooperative economics.
Co-ops California, which represents more than 3,000 small and mid-sized businesses, plans to host workshops on cooperative principles and to offer a co-worker-driven co-working space.
The company will also host a meeting of co-operatives in January, Hates said.