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Orchard Park

Cooperative Education Program

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Please feel free to contact the Co-op teacher if you would like more information about the variety of experiential learning opportunities offered through Co-op.

Teacher:   A. Zychowicz

Contact:   (905) 662-3838 ext 356

Email:      azychowi@hwdsb.on.ca

Cooperative Education is a ministry approved program that allows students to earn secondary school credits while completing a work placement.  The program consists of a co-op course monitored by a cooperative education teacher, a related curriculum course in any subject and a work placement.

Students can apply two co-op credits towards their compulsory high school graduation requirements, with no llimit on earning optional co-op credits. Co-op placements are arranged for students by their secondary school and must follow Ministry of Education policy and guidelines.


Co-op programs are for secondary students who are heading for apprenticeship, college, university or the workplace.


Co-op students have the opportunity to:

  • Experince hands-on learning
  • “Test-drive” career options
  • See the relevance of their classroom learning
  • Earn credits through workplace experience
  • Develop the essential skills and habits required in the workplace
  • Gain valuable work experience that will help build a resume for post secondary programs and future employment


We offer:

  • 1 credit co-op
  • 2 credit co-op
  • 4 credit co-op
  • Summer Co-op

Co-op at Orchard Park connects to the following specialized programs:

Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Programs

  • Arts & Culture
  • Business
  • Health & Wellness
  • Hospitality & Tourism

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

  • Regular OYAP
  • Accelerated OYAP combining College and Placement experiences in a Skilled Trade

Dual Credits with Mohawk College (Fennel and Stoney Creek Campuses)

Central Placements

  • Cable 14
  • Hamilton Health Sciences
  • City of Hamilton
  • Crown’s Attorney Office
  • Hamilton Police Services
  • St. Joseph’s Healthcare
  • The Art Gallery of Hamilton
  • SPCA
  • and more!

System Programs

  • Building Careers From the Ground Up (Skilled Trades)
  • Healthcare Support Services
  • Canadian Armed Forces (Militia Co-op)

Please visit the following HWDSB links for more information on HWDSB Experiential Learning opportunities:

Program Name HWDSB Link
Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) https://www.hwdsb.on.ca/secondary/programs/shsm/
Ontario Youth Apprenticeship (OYAP) https://www.hwdsb.on.ca/secondary/programs/ontario-youth-apprenticeship-program-oyap/
Dual Credit https://www.hwdsb.on.ca/secondary/programs/dual-credit/

To further explore the above Experiential Learning opportunities and their application process, please follow this link:


Updated on Sunday, November 18, 2018.
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