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Sir John A. Macdonald

Co-operative Education

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What is Co-op?

The Co-operative education program is:

  • A chance for Grade 11 and 12 students to get out into the ‘real world’ to explore careers by applying knowledge and practicing skills.
  • A three-way partnership between the student, the school & the employer.
  • Students attend school for a half-day and work for a half-day ~ the work experience component can last for up to 18 weeks and students earn two credits (220 hours).
  • Students may do three and four credit co-op placements.
  • Co-op provides an excellent opportunity for student career exploration through hands-on experience.
  • Co-op assists students in making the transition between secondary school and work, college, university or an apprenticeship.
  • Credits earned can be used towards two compulsory credits and towards calculating eligibility for an Ontario Scholar Award.
  • Trained co-op teachers act as monitors and regularly liaise with students & employers.

Co-op provides students with opportunities to:

  • Enhance in-school curriculum and earn secondary school credits by relating classroom instruction to the workplace experience.
  • Explore potential career options by assessing their abilities and interests in a specific field.
  • Develop employability skills and work habits which are essential in today’s competitive job market.
  • Gain valuable work experience to help build a resume.
  • Acquire confidence and self-reliance in preparation for future education and employment.
Updated on Monday, October 02, 2017.
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