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Cooperative Education Department

What is Co-op?
Co-op is educational programming that integrates classroom theory with practical experience in the workplace. Programming is based on a partnership between the school and a business or community organization. It involves the participation of students, teachers and the workplace (placement supervisors). It is a credit-earning program.

Most students select a 2 credit Co-op program. This means that the student has 2 classes at Langstaff (usually in the morning) and then goes to his/her placement in the afternoon.  Students can also select a full day co-op (4-5 credits) and work at their placement all day (instead of taking classes at Langstaff).  There is a 2 week preparation course at Langstaff, then the students have a Co-op class twice a month at school.

Who is it for?
Cooperative Education programs are accessible in all YRDSB secondary schools. While the program is primarily geared for students in Grade 11 and 12. Regardless of the post-secondary destination of choice all students can benefit from a co-op experience (applies to all destinations: university, college, apprenticeship and workplace.

What are the benefits?
Co-op provides you with an opportunity to:
 

   

·    develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes through hands-on experience;

·    explore a career in order to make informed educational and career decisions;

·    develop maturity and self-confidence; strengthen employability skills;

·    gain valuable work experience;

·    develop networking opportunities;

·    earn credits towards your OSSD;

·    complete the program requirements of the Specialist High Skills Major;

·    participate in specialized programs such as OYAP, HPA, ICE;

·    "step-up" for entry into post-secondary institutions. 
   

Who do I see in the school for more information about Co-op?
See the Head of the Co-op Dept.:  Teresa Godin 905-889-6266 (x422 for voice mail) or teresa.godin@yrdsb.ca



Students and Parents - Cooperative Education

How does it work?
You select Co-op as part of the regular course selection process. You will then be invited to an interview by the teacher to determine program readiness and placement choice. Co-op credits are linked to a related curriculum course that you have already taken or will be taking concurrently.

Your Co-op teacher is your monitoring teacher and will work with the placement supervisor to determine goals which complement your strengths, interests, and needs, thus enhancing your preparation for the future

Your placement supervisor will guide your learning through appropriate training and supervision. The supervisor meets with your teacher to assist with the goal setting and to provide evaluation of your work performance.

Is it safe?
Health and Safety instruction is mandatory for anyone participating in Cooperative Education programs. Safety is a shared responsibility of your teacher, the placement supervisor and more importantly you.

Is there Insurance Coverage?
Most students participating in a Cooperative Education programs are covered under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997. To ensure coverage, a Ministry of Education Work Education Agreement form must be completed and signed by all parties prior to student placement.

Am I paid?
Students do not normally receive a salary or wage for the hours stated on their Work Education Agreement as this is an education program in which students earn credits. There are circumstances where payment is a consideration.

What are the costs associated with the program?
Participation in some placements may involve additional costs to you or your parents. Please check with the Community- Based Education Head in your school to find out what options are available to provide assistance to those students whose financial circumstances make it difficult for them to participate.

Community - Cooperative Education

Secondary students are eligible to earn credits towards their diploma by applying the knowledge they learn in school to a workplace setting. Employers participating in Co-op programs are referred to as "placement supervisors".

What are the benefits for your business and community organization?
Your organization gets to:

·    participate in the education of today's youth;

·    identify potential future employees;

·    develop supervisory skills in employees;

·    utilize motivated students who are willing to learn and take on new tasks;

·    develop greater understanding between the community and today's youth

 

 
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