What is Co-operative Education?
-Is a unique learning opportunity that allows students to earn secondary school
while completing a work placement.
-It allows for a unique learning opportunity for students that extends classroom
learning into business, industry and the community.
What are the benefits for Co-op Students?
-Increases their self knowledge while developing valuable skills, strengths and
-gain an understanding of the importance of attitude, teamwork and personal
-Enables students to “test drive” their career which will allow them to make
informed decisions about their post secondary education and future decisions.
-improves their employability skills.
-Ability to apply the curriculum knowledge to the work place.
-experience hands on learning outside of the classroom.
Gain hands-on work experience as students earn high school credits towards graduation
Develop goal setting, decision making and teamwork skills that contribute to a productive workforce
Identify and develop employability skills, leadership skills and an entrepreneurial attitude
Explore personal interests, abilities, and values
Interact with mentors/adult role models and begin to develop their own network
Experience the world of work
-All students applying for the cooperative education program must fill out a co-op
Co-op Application Form
How Does Co-op Work?
-Cooperative education courses include a classroom component that comprises of
pre-placement and integration activities, and a work placement referred to as a
-Students may earn 1,2,3 or 4 school credits by integrating classroom theory and
related course expectations with planned learning experience in the community.
-Placements provide students with challenging opportunities to apply and extend
their knowledge and to practice and refine the skills acquired in the related course.
-Students will be able to demonstrate their achievement of placement expectations
that reflect current workplace practices and standards.
Prior to their placements, all cooperative education students must demonstrate an
understanding of a variety of topics such as: health and safety issues, The Ontario
Human Rights code, The Labour Relations Act, Workplace Safety Insurance Act,
unions and collective bargaining.
The integration classroom component provides students with an opportunity to:
relate their placement experience with curriculum expectation; reflect and analyse
their placement experiences; and reinforce job-skills theory.
An assessed work placement which meets Ministry of Education guidelines provides
students an opportunity to develop their skills, personal growth and career exploration.
Students must demonstrate the learning expectations of a course in a practical work
setting and are evaluated according to their ability to demonstrate those learning
Personalized Placement Learning Plan (PPLP)
The teacher monitor, student and placement supervisor develop the Personalized
Placement Learning Plan. This plan identifies the curriculum expectations to be met,
the tasks to be performed, and the methods of evaluation. Revision to the Personalized
Placement Learning Plan may occur at any time during the work placement.