Cooperative Education

What is Co-operative Education?

  • An integration of a student’s academic study with practical work experience
  • An opportunity to obtain secondary school credits through supervised work
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  • An opportunity to apply and expand knowledge and skills learned in the classroom
  • Courses in various disciplines may be offered through the cooperative
    education program, which can benefit all students, whatever their
    postsecondary destination.

Who takes Co-op?

  • Usually grade 11 or 12 students who have successfully completed their grade 10 credits.

When does Co-op take place?

  • Each semester, co-op is offered as a two or four credit package.
  • The four credit students work all day at their work placement.
  • Students taking two-credit Co-op work in the morning or the afternoon.

Where does Co-op happen?

  • Students are placed in settings that provide challenging roles and responsibilities
    in the communities and surrounding area businesses that support each of the local
    high schools. 

Why take Co-op?  

Co-op gives students the opportunity to:

  • Experience future careers
  • Develop employability skills
  • Strengthen interpersonal skills
  • Increase an awareness of the importance of life long learning

How to apply?

  • Contact the Co-op Coordinator in your high school.
  • Request Co-op when registering for classes.
  • Fill out an application form in the Co-op office of your school.
  • Wait to be contacted for an interview

How Are Students Assessed?

  • A qualified teacher will assess and evaluate a student’s progress in achieving the expectations identified in the student’s Personalized Placement Learning Plan through regular workplace monitoring visits (a minimum of three per credit). 
  • Student achievement is also assessed through:
    • Written assignments, seminar presentations and reflective journals
    • Career portfolios
    • Performance appraisals written by the placement supervisor (a minimum of two)

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