Co-operative Education

Kevin Kokerus

Co-op is unlike any other course you will take in high school

Co-op allows you to:

  • Gain practical skills that provides students with valuable hands-on experience that other students may not have

  • Build connections with Co-op mentors that can open doors for your future

  • Test a career in any of the four pathways (University, College, Apprenticeship & Workplace)

  • Earn two elective or group credits in a placement of your choice

How does Co-op work?

Students select Co-operative Education in their grade 11 or 12 year at course selection time

In the first few weeks of the program, students are prepared for their placement practicum as they are educated on topics such as safety, workers rights and employment law

Students are taught how to network & market themselves to potential Co-op employers of their choice

Students set their own goals for learning and draw connections to curriculum

Courses taken in high school

Students attend placement two periods a day working toward achieving their goals and are assessed by the teacher on their ability to progress toward those goals along with their success at placement

What type of Co-op experience/placement can I have?

The short answer is... Anything you choose! Provided the placement is: Safe; Supportive & Provides educational value, students can have that experience. Our students have gained practical skills across all career pathways, including Manufacturing, Art, Engineering, Automotive, Research, Music, Business, Production, Service, & Emergency Services.

Some benefits of Co-op

Many Co-op employers offer employment after a successful Co-op term or life-long mentorship if students desire that can help them pursue future employment or education

The practical experience of Co-op is valued by employers and some educational institutions

Experience outside of the school connects your learning to what is "actually happening" in the "real-world" and what trends are in future demand