Choose Your Path with the Co-operative Education Program
In the Co-operative Education Program (co-op), students have the opportunity to earn credits by blending their academic curriculum with practical experience gained through a work placement. This program is open to students across various pathways, including apprenticeship, college, community living, university, or the workplace.
Co-op programs are accessible in all secondary schools and can be tailored to encompass up to four credits per semester, accumulating to a maximum of 12 co-op credits toward the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Throughout their learning journey, students receive guidance and support from both the placement supervisor and co-op teachers.
Benefits to Students
Embarking on a dynamic learning journey, students can gain invaluable workplace experience in a distinctive environment beyond the confines of traditional classrooms. This experiential approach is designed to foster the development of crucial employability skills and work habits directly applicable to professional settings.
Engaging in hands-on learning, students thrive in a secure and encouraging atmosphere, allowing them to apply theoretical knowledge in practical scenarios. With the flexibility to choose a work placement tailored to their unique interests, readiness, and personal needs, participants are empowered to shape a learning experience that aligns with their aspirations. Moreover, this immersive program encourages students to proactively connect and build relationships with potential future employers, laying the foundation for a seamless transition into the professional realm.
Students are afforded the flexibility to select from a diverse array of hands-on co-op opportunities spanning various sectors within the community, aligning with their specific needs and interests. Options encompass retail, marketing, design, arts, media, business, technology, health, education, civil services, and skilled trades. Notably, co-operative education placements within skilled trades fall under the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP), providing students with a specialized avenue for immersive learning in these fields. For further details, please refer to OYAP programs to explore the extensive possibilities available.