What is it?
Cooperative education offers students the opportunity for career exploration, community learning experiences and on the job training. Coop students earn multiple credits towards their OSSD (Ontario Secondary School Diploma). Students can count up to 2 credits in Coop as compulsory credits for their diploma.
Coop also offers valuable experience that may lead to employment or apprenticeship. It can also provide the practical requirements necessary for some college or university programs.
How does it work?
Students earn 1 credit for every 110 hours of Coop work experience. Most students earn 2 credits (half day Coop), 3 credits, or 4 credits (full day Coop). Students may take Coop more than once.
A Cooperative education course must be based on a related course in which the student is enrolled or has successfully completed. Students studying at any level (academic, applied, locally developed, university, college or workplace) are encouraged to apply to assist in the transition from school to work or to post-secondary education. The Cooperative education course and the related course constitutes a student's cooperative education program, designed to suit the student's strengths, interests and needs.
Cooperative education courses include a classroom component comprised of pre-placement, integration activites, and a community placement. Placements provide students with challenging opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their courses and to demonstrate achievement ofplacement expectations that reflect current workplace practices and standards.
Where do Coop students work?
Coop students work in a wide variety of placements such as health and medical science, manufacturing, agriculture, apprenticeable trades, technical vocations, service and food industry, media outlets, schools, social services, business offices, retail, government agencies and recreation services.
Any workplace may be considered if educational and safety requirements are met. Indicate your career choice on your Coop application for discussion during your interview with a Coop teacher. Please note that some placements may require a competitve interview.
The employer/supervisor and the teacher both evaluate the student's performance in the program. Students must keep a logbook of their hours with the employer and hand this form in once a week. Students will also attend pre-employment and integration sessions where some individual work is assigned.
Employer appreciation social
At the end of the school year, all Coop students are required to participate in an employer appreciation event in the form of a luncheon or dinner. It is the responsibility of the student to accompany their guests to this event.
For more information, contact the Co-op office at 519-376-6050
Ext. 244 - Mrs. McCormick
Ext. 255 - Mr. Rehkopf