What is Cooperative Education?
Cooperative Education is a joint effort between the school and the community to provide students with an opportunity to combine in-school studies with on-the-job experiences. Cooperative Education is a shared responsibility between the school and the community to integrate classroom instruction with practical experience in the workplace.
What are the benefits of taking Cooperative Education?
- Earn credits toward your diploma
- Gain valuable work experience
- Expand the skills taught at school
- Become more aware of the demands and responsibilities of employment
- Gain experience to help you make wise career choices
- Receive continuous on-the-job training
How does the program work?
Cooperative Education is a planned learning experience, for which credits are earned, that integrates classroom theory and learning experiences at a workplace to enable students to apply and refine the knowledge and skills acquired in a related course. Students are generally out in a workplace for a half day (morning or afternoon) for a whole semester. The rest of the day the student will have a regular in-school timetable. Students may also take a full day coop. The tasks that are performed at the work site relate to a course that is either being taken presently or in a previous semester. Students will participate in a two week pre-placement orientation in school where they will discuss resume writing, interview skills, health and safety before they are able to go to a work site. Students will meet on a monthly basis with the coop teacher in a group session to reflect on what they are learning at the work site.
What are the entrance requirements?
- Must be a minimum 14 years of age, 16 years of age for a military coop
- Students must make transportation arrangements to and from the work station
- Must receive the recommendation and approval of the school administration and the Cooperative Education Committee
- Must complete an application form prior to being considered for the program
- Must be enrolled in a course or completed a course related to the job placement
- Must display a positive attitude towards the school and the potential program
What do our students say?
- I am appreciated and accepted.
- I have learned a lot about myself.
- It was challenging.
- It was a friendly atmosphere.
- I would like to take another coop.
- The interaction is a lot of fun.
- I am treated like an adult.
- I feel I have a clearer picture of myself.
- I have a variety of tasks.
- I would make coop compulsory.
- It opens the doors to apprenticeship.
Want to find out more?
Drop by the Cooperative Education Office
Drop by the Guidance Office
For a list of courses offered, visit us on Career Cruising.