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The Co-op Program at Madonna
Cooperative Education is a ministry-approved program that allows students to earn secondary school credits while completing a work placement.  The program consists of a co-op course monitored by a cooperative education teacher, a related curriculum course in any subject, and a work placement.  Students can apply two co-op credits towards their compulsory high school graduation requirements, with no limit on earning optional co-op credits. Co-op placements are arranged for students by their secondary school and must follow Ministry of Education policy and guidelines. 

The co-operative education program at Madonna gives students the benefit of practical application of their classroom learning with real-world experience in the workplace. Students learn essential workplace skills and habits and gain invaluable insight into many diverse sectors in the economy. After completing the co-op program at Madonna, students emerge with the confidence and self-esteem they need to further their career aspirations after they leave high school.
Why Take Co-op at Madonna?
The work experiences, classroom learning and reflective opportunities provided by the co-op program at Madonna, allow students to:
  • Experience hand-on learning
  • “Test-drive” career options
  • See the relevance of their classroom learning
  • Earn credits through workplace experience
  • Acquire important skills and knowledge that provide them with a competitive edge in the job market.
  • Gain valuable work experience that will help build a resume for post-secondary programs and future employment
  • Begin their search for work that has meaning and dignity, contributes to the common good, and brings fulfillment in life
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What is SHSM Co-op?
A co-operative education placement is one of the requirements of The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program. This placement provides students with an authentic learning experience in a workplace setting, while earning two to four credits towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.  University bound students complete their placements in grade 11, and college bound students complete their placements in grade 12.
SHSM Co-op at Madonna
The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Co-op program at Madonna introduces students to numerous and varied occupations in the Health and Wellness sector. Students are offered placements in a wide variety of healthcare facilities, including prestigious hospital placements.  Employment in these facilities allows students to explore careers in health-care such as: doctor, nurse, physiotherapist, child/youth care worker, audiologist, fitness instructor, medical technician and much more.