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Co-operative Education

Cooperative Education is a unique opportunity to gain “real world experience” in the world of work, while obtaining credits towards a high school diploma.

Students can gain two or four credits per semester by completing the in-class component and 220 or 440 hours in the workplace, respectively.
Please note that students in trades-based courses can no longer earn five credits in one semester.

The objective of Co-operative Education is threefold:

  • To prepare the student for successful participation in a work placement.
  • To provide sufficient time and various opportunities at the placement to enable the student to apply and further develop the knowledge and skills acquired in the related course.
  • To provide opportunities for the student to integrate and reflect on the learning acquired in school and at the placement.

Course Components Academically:

  • Pre-course application, counselling, and interviewing:
  • Application package (due the last day of March)
  • Interview between co-op teacher and student
  • Interview with potential employer
  • Pre-placement Component:
  •   Review and application of knowledge and skills related to:
  • safety, including rights and responsibilities,
  • resume writing, cover letter, thank you letters, job applications
  • and preparing answers to interview questions
  • Demonstrate understanding of:
  • self-assessment skills
  • job-readiness skills
  • school and placement expectations
  • health and safety (rules, safety equipment, personal protective equipment, Occupational Health & Safety Act, WHMIS, WSIB)
  • work ethics and responsible use of information technology
  • Employment Standards Act; Human Rights Act
  • How to deal with and/or report workplace concerns, accidents, unsafe practices

  • Integration:
  • Students will:
  • Relate placement experience to curriculum expectations
  • Reflect on/analyze placement experiences
  • Access related career information
  • Understand the role and history of labour unions
  • Understand labour market trends and the nature of the changing workplace
  • Understand the changing role of men/women at work
  • Understand issues relation to human rights, discrimination, harassment, disability

Last Modified: Sep 18, 2013
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