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 What is Cooperative Education?

Cooperative education (Co-op) is
a unique program that extends classroom learning into business, industry and the community.
It allows students to "try on" a career that interests them.

Why take Co-op?

This learning experience allows students to:
  • Explore career choicescook.png
  • Increase awareness of workplace opportunities
  • Develop transferable "essential skills"
  • Apply classroom theory to workplace experience
  • Experience the realities of the world of work
  • Build a network for future employment
  • Make a smooth transition to life after high school
  • Earn up to two co-op credits towards the 18 compulsory credits needed for a high school diploma
  • Earn credits toward the 12 optional credits needed for a high school diploma

Who is eligible?

  • Grade 11 or 12 students destined for the workplace, university, apprenticeship, or college

How to apply

  • Eligible students can apply for co-op by selecting it as an option at course selection time. Students must also complete a co-op application form and may be interviewed by the co-op teacher
  • Students can contact their secondary school co-op teacher or guidance counselor for further information

Cooperative Education Application.pdfCooperative Education Application.pdf