Our 8-week "Start a Worker Cooperative" class is a hands-on class discussing all aspects of starting a worker cooperative in your trade or field. Participants will create all of the plans necessary for a real or imaginary worker cooperative, and will leave the class with the materials needed to start a worker cooperative.
Designed for trade school students, this class is appropriate for anyone interested in starting a worker cooperative or converting their business to a worker cooperative. We encourage people who are in similar trades or industries or even in the same business to take the class together, but we will help solo students work in small groups to develop a potential cooperative business for the practical element of the class. We will bring in guest speakers from local cooperatives and cooperative lenders, visit local worker cooperatives, engage in interactive activities, and build bylaws and business plans.
We anticipate holding the next session in Fall 2024. You don't need to take our other class in order to take this one.
Aren't sure if a worker cooperative is the right model for you?
Check out our Two Minute Trep Tip to learn more about worker cooperatives.
Or sign up for our 4-week "What is a Worker Cooperative" class to dive deep into what worker co-ops are, why people start them, the global worker cooperative movement, and what it means to be a values-based business.