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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Cooperative Education Students  
Speak to Senior Staff


Three brave students spoke to senior staff today at the Humber River Hospital about the value of experiential learning as they make decisions that will impact their post-secondary pathway.

Julia from Dante, Belinda from Madonna and John from Chaminade are all coop students who just completed their cooperative education placement at Toronto’s first fully digital hospital, Humber River Hospital (HRH). 

Students in the cooperative education courses typically spend ½ of their school day in a work placement earning credits. Belinda gained the admiration of all when she told us that her day began at 7 am in the Ambulatory Clinic.  Morning coop students must begin early to ensure they are back in school for the beginning of their third period.  “I now see the connection between the sciences that I am learning in school and real life here in the hospital”.

Julia, a Specialist High Skills Major student in the Health & Wellness sector, learned more than she had expected to when she was placed on the Mental Health and Additions unit.  The maturity, compassion and knowledge with which this young woman spoke indicates clearly that the opportunity to participate, reflect and apply what you have learned truly is the best way to learn.  “Patients up on our unit, are parents, students, have jobs and lives just like you and me – this experience has helped to understand mental health differently”.

Volunteer Services, at HRH does a fantastic job of placing our students with caring supervisor mentors in good safe learning environments.  They also have a great way of identifying student talents and putting them to good use.  John proudly sported his I speak Tagalog button along with his HRH access card as he demonstrated how to properly bandage an injured wrist.  “I translate for people all the time, it makes them feel comfortable”.

Congratulations to all of our cooperative education students as they learn about who they want to become and put into place plans for achieving their goals!


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