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Cooperative Education Department 218
Cooperative Education Department

Cooperative Education can benefit all students in all pathways. 

Students wanting to explore a career field, or gain work experience and employability skills for their resume, benefit from one or more co-op experiences. Students are placed in businesses in our community, related to the student’s field of interest. Only 10% of the course is spent in a regular classroom.  Students gain valuable employability skills, technical skills and make connections with professionals for future references in their career area of interest

Cooperative Education is designed for career exploration in grades 11, and 12 and is selected as half or full day elective credits ( 2 or 4 credits together). Co-op credits can fill the Group 1, 2, or 3 OSSD requirements. Students may take Co-op more than once, but Co-op  does not comprise one of the 6U level grade 12 credits. All students can benefit from experiential opportunities in any pathway they choose, be it apprenticeship, college, university or the workplace.

Co-op teachers find suitable placements for students after meeting with them to determine the students work experience interests and needs. In addition, co-op teachers teach the in-school portion, give support to the student at the placement, and assess student progress. Students gain job search skills, health and safety awareness training during the pre-placement segment. Also workplace issues such as unions and harassment are covered in the integration classes, and final projects instead of an exam.

Cooperative Education comprises:

·         any workplace of interest and suitable for a learning experience

·         SHSM (Specialist High Skills Major)

·         OYAP (Ontario Youth Apprenticeship program)

·         Accelerated OYAP  - level 1 apprenticeship college course; selected trades

·         Dual Credits with colleges

·         HPA (High Performance Athlete)

·         Competitive placements – Hospitals, Militia, Policing, Firefighting, or EMS  at the Community Safety Village, snapd Newspaper, and I.T. Services

Please contact Mary Ann McIntosh, Cooperative Education Subject Head,  for any questions about the program.​ 


​Ms. M. McIntosh ext. 140​​


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