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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Co-operative Education

 

Cooperative Education is a unique program for students, integrating academic study with practical experience in business and industry. This learning experience helps students make informed decisions about future work, careers and education. Students develop the work habits, attitudes and job skills necessary for a successful transition from school to the workplace or other post-secondary destinations.

What is Cooperative Education?
   Cooperative Education is a program that allows students to earn secondary school credits while completing a work placement in the community.
   A student’s co-op program consists of the cooperative education course, which is monitored by a cooperative education teacher, and the related experience at the co-op placement.
   The cooperative education course consists of a classroom component and a placement component. The classroom component includes 15 to 20 hours of pre-placement instruction per credit, which prepares students for the workplace and includes instruction in areas of key importance such as health and safety, resume writing, career exploration and “In-class” sessions held at various times during and after the placement, which provide opportunities for students to reflect on and reinforce their learning in the workplace.
   Cooperative education allows students to participate in valuable learning experiences that help prepare them for the next stage of their lives, whether in apprenticeship training, college, community living, university, or the workplace.
   Co-op placements are arranged for the students by their coop teacher and must follow Ministry of Education policy and guidelines.
 
How Does Cooperative Education Work?
A company agrees to provide a placement for a student and designates an employee to supervise the learning. A scheduled interview determines the student’s acceptance. Learning opportunities at the placement are linked with a student’s academic studies, education plan, and personal goals. The teacher monitors regularly to assess student progress, with supervisor’s input and to promote successful student learning. Credit(s) are awarded upon successful completion of program expectations.
Placement Component:  Monday to Friday
4 Credit Co-op
3 Credit Co-op
2 Credit Co-op
6 hours per day
4.5 hours per day
3 hours per day
 
Responsibilities in Cooperative Education
 
Student
Supervisor
Teacher
·         work safely and diligently
    attend workplace as agreed
    complete assignments       required by teacher and       supervisor
 
·      interview and accept appropriate student
·      provide real work experience in a safe learning environment free from discrimination and harassment
·      ensure Health and Safety training
·      give clear instructions and supervise learning experiences
·      share expertise with student
·      assist in performance assessment
 
  select and prepare student for co-op placement
  match student with appropriate placement by interests/capabilities
  complete Placement Assessment Guideline
  support supervisor and student throughout the program
  integrate workplace experience with curriculum expectations
  monitor student learning
  evaluate student performance
  assign final grade 
 
 
 
Registering For Co-op:
 
1.       Students select 2, 3 or 4 credit co-op using the course selection process on My Blueprint. Please be sure you’ve consulted with parents and staff before selecting co-op. Due to timetabling restrictions if you choose to withdraw from the program after selecting co-op for next year, we cannot guarantee placement into alternate course requests.
2.       Once co-op has been selected on My Blueprint, students must also complete a Co-operative Education Application Form, available in the co-op office and the guidance office.  This form must be returned to the co-op office by March 6, 2014.
3.       The co-op department will then review the applications and meet with students to finalize plans.
4.       To apply for the Accelerated OYAP Program next year, please note that it is only offered during Semester Two.  You must have 26 credits by the end of semester one next year to participate in this program.  Please see a co-op teacher for more information.