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Public Alternative Secondary School (P.A.S.S.)
OPS Learn and Work Program

What is OPS Learn and Work?

The OPS Learn and Work Program is a specialized co-operative education program to re-engage youth ages 16 to 20 from selected priority communities, who may have dropped out of school or fallen behind in earning credits. The program provides students the unique opportunity to earn credits towards their high school diploma through in class work as well as paid work experience in the OPS and/or related agencies. The OPS L&W semester is set up in the following manner:

  • 7 weeks in-class instruction
  • 11 week at paid placement – Monday – Thursday co-op, Friday in-class
  • 1 week in-school (FSE & exam)
  • ATTENDANCE is MANDATORY (4 absences = removal from the program)

Who Is Eligible to Attend OPS?

  • Students aged 17-20
  • 10 + credits
  • Mandatory attendance

How do I Apply to OPS?

OPS Opportunities:

  • Can achieve up to 10 cooperative education credits within one year
  • Can recover failed credits/achieve missing compulsory credits
  • At least 18 paid co-op placements each semester
  • Condensed and or specialized class times
  • Free bus passes
  • Extra support (classroom and workplace)
OPS Highlights

  • OPS students are paid minimum wage and work 7.25 hours per day, Monday to Thursday with an un-paid in-class component every Friday after the first 7 weeks.
  • A maximum of 80 students participate each term across the 4 priority cities. Students can enroll for up to 2 terms plus have an optional summer term.
  • In 2017/18 84% of the students successfully completed their co-op placement and 92% of students obtained their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.​
  • Over 2,400 students have received a placement since the program was established in 2006.


For more information please contact:
Annette Baxter, Teacher/Coordinator for OPS Learn & Work Program
(519) 300-1166