Cooperative Education (Co-op)

 
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Cooperative education is a planned learning experience that integrates classroom theory and learning experiences of the work place. Co-op enables students to apply and refine the knowledge and skills acquired in a related curriculum course or locally developed course to a co-op placement. The cooperative  education courses are valuable to all students as they are designed to suit the student’s strengths, interests and needs and to enhance the student’s preparation for the future. All prospective co-op students must complete an application at course selection time and take a formal interview to determine their suitability for the program.

Cooperative Education Credits

While 1,2,3, or 4 co-op credits are possible, most students complete 2 or 4 credits by working half or full days at a co-op placement. A minimum of 110 hours must be completed for each co-op credit. This includes preemployment training, regularly scheduled in-class instructional days and work placement time.

Value To The Student

• encourages students to develop skills, knowledge and attitudes required for employment.
• helps students identify their capabilities and limitations
• develops interpersonal skills
• provides awareness of job opportunities and the experiences to make informed career decisions
• provides opportunities to practice decision making skills
• provides practical experiences in a contemporary workplace setting
• develops a recognition of the need for flexibility and life-long learning in a changing workplace

Cooperative Education – COP3X2 / COP3X4 (Grade 11, Open)

This program links any in-school subject with workplace experience. The students will have an opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in their in-school link. Placements are for a half-day for an entire semester and if at least 220 hours are accumulated, students can earn two credits. Students will have an opportunity to participate in the world of work, investigate possible career choices, make decisions about education and careers, develop skills for employment and develop self-confidence. All prospective co-op students must complete an application and a formal interview to determine their suitability for the program.

Cooperative Education - COP4X2 / COP4X4 (Grade 12 Open)

This program links any in-school subject with workplace experience. The students will have an opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in their in-school link. Placements are for a half-day for an entire semester and if at least 220 hours are accumulated, students can earn two credits. Students will have an opportunity to participate in the world of work, investigate possible career choices, make decisions about education and careers, develop skills for employment and develop self-confidence. All prospective co-op students must complete an application and a formal interview to determine their suitability for the program.
 
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