Cooperative Education

What is Cooperative Education (Co-op) programming?

Co-op is educational programming that integrates classroom theory with practical experience in the workplace. Programming is based on a partnership between the school and a business or community organization. It involves the participation of students, teachers and the workplace (placement supervisors). It is a credit-earning program. Cooperative Education programming is the foundation to the following specialized programs:

Who is it for?

Cooperative Education programs are accessible in all YRDSB secondary schools. While the program is primarily geared for students in Grade 11 and 12, any student over the age of 15 could qualify. Regardless of the post-secondary destination of choice, all students can benefit from a Co-op program experience.

What are the benefits?

Co-op provides you with an opportunity to:

  • develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes through hands-on experience;
  • explore a career in order to make informed educational and career decisions;
  • develop maturity and self-confidence;
  • strengthen employability skills;
  • gain valuable work experience;
  • develop networking opportunities;
  • earn credits towards your OSSD;
  • complete the program requirements of the Specialist High Skills Major;
  • participate in specialized programs such as OYAP, HPA, SHSM, Dual Credits
  • "step-up" for entry into post-secondary institutions.

Who do I see in the school for more information about Cooperative Education programs?

See the Co-operative Education or Guidance  Departments in your school for more information.

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