Continuous Intake Coop (CIC)
- This program takes Cooperative Education curriculum off-campus with a student-centred support model.
- The CIC program provides an opportunity for students who want to obtain their High School Diploma, but need paid employment.
- Students can enter the CIC program anytime throughout the school year.
- Students are referred to the program by an administrator or guidance counselor. They are interviewed by their cooperative education teacher to ensure that the student is ready to undertake learning in the workplace and has a genuine desire to participate in the program.
Information for Parents and Students:
- 110 hours total work and classroom time is required for each credit.
- Students usually earn up to 4 co-op credits in a semester.
- Students can earn additional credits by completing Independent Learning Courses (ILC) and/or Credit Recovery.
- Students must be at least 16 years of age. A minimum of 20 credits is recommended for entry.
- Students must be enrolled at College Heights to enter this program. If you require under 5 credits you may graduate at your former school.
Benefits to the Student:
- The opportunity to work AND earn school credits at the same time.
- Allows students to succeed in a flexible program.
- Helps students identify long-term goals and their career path.
- Students in the CIC program work in a paid job while earning credits towards their High School Diploma.
- Student in the program complete the co-op curriculum in a classroom at Shelldale Community Centre outside of their normal working hours.
- Students may work at non-paid placements to break into the job market and explore career opportunities.
Benefits to the Employer:
- Enthusiastic student workers anxious to learn and improve their work skills.
- When you hire a CIC student, you’re also hiring a personalized support system in the form of a co-op teacher who’s there to help with every stage of the co-op process.
- Allows community conscious organizations to support the youth in the area.
Entry is done on an individual student basis. Ideally, students are 16 year of age or older with 20 or more credits. Priority is often given to students who already have a job.
To enter the program, you must first meet with the Student Success Teacher at College Heights – Erin Rivers. Simply call and make an appointment. The purpose of the meeting is to review your transcript and school history. Together, you will determine what courses are still needed to graduate and whether the CIC program is a good fit for you. After registering, call the teacher to set up a meeting at the your earliest convenience. The teacher will explain the program in more detail. If you still feel that it is a good fit, you can start right away.
Student Success Teacher – Erin Rivers 519 821 4510 extension 307
Teacher Contact – Shawn Doucette 519 821 4510 extension 362 or cell phone contact 519 400 1091
Many students in CIC are not able to attend class regularly due to their work schedules. The following resources are meant to allow students access to information they need to complete assignments, engage in the employment process and manage their social emotional health.
Upper Grand District school board
College Heights S.S.
Student Programs Related to Cooperative Education
Ontario Youth Apprentice Program (OYAP)
Specialist High School Major (SHSM)
College Heights Co-op Department
Health and Safety
Young Worker Awareness Program
Ministry of Labour
Passport to Safety
Help with Interviews and Resumes
2nd Chance Guelph
Ontario Skills Passport
Finding a Job
Jobs for Youth
Government of Canada – Youth
Kijiji Guelph Jobs
Government of Canada Job Bank
CMHA (Community Mental Health Association)