Co-operative Education provides students preparing for college, university, an apprenticeship, or the workplace, with the opportunity for experiential learning, which is learning acquired through practical experiences.
Students complete a cooperative education program designed to suit the student’s strengths, interests, and needs and to enhance the student’s preparation for the future.
Cooperative education courses, which are connected to a course the student has already taken, include:
- a classroom component, made up of pre-placement classes (where students prepare for work, learning about health & safety, their rights and responsibilities as workers, privacy and confidentiality etc.) and integration activities (where students share and analyse their placement experiences with their teachers and peers)
- a placement component, which will provide students with challenging opportunities to apply and extend the knowledge, and practise and refine the skills, acquired in their related course, and to demonstrate achievement of placement expectations that reflect current workplace practices and standards
Students can apply two co-op credits towards their compulsory high school graduation requirements, with no limit on earning optional co-op credits.
Students have the opportunity to:
- Experience hands-on learning
- “Test-drive” career options
- See the relevance of their classroom learning
- Develop the essential skills and habits required in the workplace
- Gain valuable work experience to help build a resumé for postsecondary programs and future employment
Please contact a teacher in the Co-op Department for more information about the program and options for placements. Click on the link below: