Co Operative Education

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Cooperative Education (Co-op) is based on a partnership between education and the workplaces in the community so it integrates academic study with practical work experience.

• Co-op is experiential learning. Students will spend the majority of their time in the workplace.
• The personalized nature of Co-op makes it an appropriate option for students in all pathways.

Participating in Co-operative Education enables students to:

• experience hands-on learning;
• test drive their career option;
• focus their learning in their career pathway and see the relevance of their classroom learning;
• develop an understanding of the essential workplace skills that build success; 
• earn a maximum of 2 compulsory credits towards the completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) (there is no 
limit on earning optional co-op credits); and
• build community connections and gain work experience.

Co-op might interest you if you are:

• in Grade 11 or 12;
• ready to undertake learning in the workplace;
• in need of career clarification that will help you decide on the most appropriate post-secondary option;
• a student who is exploring or participating in apprenticeship opportunities;
• a student transitioning directly to the workplace or community living; and
• working towards a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM).