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Co-op Spotlight

Employers and community partners, Upper Grand District School Board students are ready to join your team!

Get involved in the UGDSB’s Cooperative Education program:

  • Be part of a mutually beneficial relationship by offering cooperative education work placements
  • Share expertise, knowledge skills and materials
  • Gain access to a diversely talented and motivated group of students who may bring new ideas and fresh perspectives to your business
  • Students can contribute by working from home to complete the tasks and duties you’ve assigned or by physically attending your work site
  • Students are familiar with COVID-19 protocols, wearing masks and face shields, maintaining social distance
  • We are looking for employers to provide co-op opportunities in multiple sectors including trades, arts & culture, media, communications, hospitality, information technology, retail, science, and more
  • UGDSB co-op teachers will help you find the right match for your business

Take our employer survey! Please click to complete the survey.

Timelines: Students are available full days. Placements are available in quadmesters for 2021-2022, and during the summer. Some students may be available for both Quad 1 and 2 (September – January) or Quads 3 and 4 (February to June)


Quad 1 runs from September 7 – November 11, 2021:

  • Students are in class preparing for work and attending interviews for the first couple weeks
  • Placements start the third week of September and end by November 11
  • Exact dates vary by high school

Quad 2 runs from November 12, 2021 – January 31, 2022:

  • Students are in class preparing for work and attending interviews for the first couple weeks
  • Placements start around December 1, 2021 and end by January 28, 2022
  • Exact dates vary by high school

Quad 3 and Quad 4 dates to be determined

Summer Co-op:

  • Students attend interviews in May and June
  • Placements run full days in July

For more information:

Contact – Barb Omland, Co-op Curriculum Lead, UGDSB, 519-836-0132

To indicate your interest please complete this survey:

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What is Co-op?

The Co-operative Education Program allows students to earn secondary school credits while completing a work placement.

Co-op students can try out an occupation or different occupations in an actual work environment before deciding which career path is right for them.

Consisting of a co-op course, a related curriculum course in any subject and a work placement, the program is monitored by a co-operative education teacher.

Two co-op credits can be applied towards high school graduation requirements although there is no limit on earning optional co-op credits.

Co-op placements are arranged for students by their secondary school. All placements are require to follow Ministry of Education policy and guidelines.

Why Take Co-op?

Co-op lets you: