What is Co-operative Education (Co-op)?

Cooperative education is designed to offer students an experiential learning opportunity that will help them make a successful transition to the workplace, apprenticeship, college or university. Students are able to earn credits towards their high school diploma and gain work experience that will enhance their skills for employment. The coop teacher will place students in a variety of settings such as business, government, social service agencies, education, health care, and trades to gain new skills and develop workplace experience. Coop is an excellent way to investigate future career choices and gain valuable work experience.

Who is Co-op for?

Co-op is an option for any student interested in enhancing their skills for employment, making a career change or wanting to investigate a career opportunity while earning credits toward their diploma.

How does Co-op work?

All students
- complete an in-school orientation at the beginning of the semester
- complete log sheets weekly and provide an up to date resume 
- participate in a coop job fair, including a mandatory poster presentation

What programs are available?

COP4OC-One credit coop (110 hours) 
COP4OD-Two credits coop (220 hours)
Full time Coop/Three or Four credits (330 and 440 hours)

Are there other options?

Paid Coop: If  a student wishes to use their job in the community for coop, the employer  at the worksite must agree to sign log sheets and evaluate the student in the same manner as regular placement supervisors. Students must obtain any paid coop position on their own initiative.

Apprenticeships: Some placements may be used to register/accumulate coop hours towards future apprenticeship certifications. See your coop teacher to determine whether your placement will accommodate this beneficial addition to your coop experience.

For more information, contact the Co-op Department at 613-239-2735, Rm. 233


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