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Co-operative Education Department
What is Cooperative Education (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. Co-op is the same as any other curriculum course: it is taken in either  semester; for 2 periods (half day), 3 periods; or 4 periods (full day); it has curriculum expectations; work is assessed by the Co-op teacher and the placement supervisor and it meets the requirements for an OSSD and/or SHSM diploma.
How does it work?
You select Co-op as part of the regular course selection process. You will then be invited to a pre-placement 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 and your subject-related teacher to develop a Personalized Placement Learning Plan (PPLP) that is designed to 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 development of the Personalized Placement Learning Plan (PPLP) and to provide formative evaluation of your work performance.
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. 
Cooperative Education programming is the foundation to the following specialized programs
Who do I contact for more information about Cooperative Education programs?
Dan McHenry  (Ext. 2014)
Susie Tzimika (Ext. 2013) Department Head
Co-op Office: Room 2013
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