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Cooperative Education

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For Grades 11 And 12 Students

Cooperative Education (Co-op) is a program that offers senior students the opportunity to extend classroom learning into supervised learning experiences in the community. Students can earn credits which are related to specific school subjects.

Cooperative Education programs combine a placement component, which consists of a full-semester, half-day work placement in the community, with a classroom component. Liability insurance and Workplace Safety and Insurance Board coverage is in place for all Cooperative Education students. The classroom component is based on pre-placement sessions prior to attending a placement in the community, and reflective sessions (called Integration sessions) throughout the semester. The pre-placement sessions will include health and safety training, a review of career opportunities and labour market trends, issues related to confidentiality, work ethic, Employment Standards Act, the role of unions, etc. The placement component relies on a “Personalized Placement Learning Plan” to outline the practical application of the related course at a placement in the community. Co-op hours cannot be counted towards the 40 hour Community Service graduation requirement. Additional student accident coverage is encouraged for all Co-op students.

Application Procedure For Co-Op Programs

  • During the Online Course Selection Process, choose Cooperative Education which will fill in 2 spaces.
  • Complete a Co-op Application Form with the required Teacher signatures, and follow the application submission procedure for your school.
  • Interview with a Co-op teacher, including a review of your AEP (Annual Education Plan).
  • Depending on your placement choice, you may have to complete a health test, criminal reference check, a specialized application package, and/or pre-screening if required by a particular workplace.

Criteria for Student Acceptance into the Program

  • Maturity, including having a positive attitude, ability to be punctual and have regular attendance, and possess a willingness to learn.
  • Adhere to the policies and procedures of the workplace and school.
  • Follow health and safety regulations in the workplace.