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.