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Co-op Spotlight

UGDSB Cooperative Education Employer of the Week



The E.C. Bovey Building, on the main University of Guelph campus, was built in 1991.  The complex includes a large number of greenhouses and growth room facilities, including the tropical greenhouse, where students can work with a collection of plants such as Tropicals, Cacti, and Orchids. For many years, Rodger Tschanz has provided UGDSB co-op students with a wide variety of tasks in the greenhouses, allowing students to gain a greater understanding of career opportunities in horticulture.  

Thank you, Rodger, for supporting UGDSB cooperative education!

Bovey Co Op Student


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: