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What Is Co-Operative Education?

One  of the most important duties of today’s high schools is the preparation of students for the challenges of the 21st century.  In the final analysis, our educational system is judged on its ability to adequately equip students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they will need for their future endeavours.

In the traditional educational setting, most of the learning opportunities are classroom-based.  This course offers an alternative to that traditional method.  Co-operative Education is “an experiential mode of learning”.  The co-operative education setting:

  • provides you with an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge studied at school.
  • makes you more aware of the demands, responsibilities and expectations of employment.
  • provides you with access to technical equipment and expertise not available at school.
  • helps you to develop a positive attitude towards work.
  • enables you to explore a tentative career choice.
  • provides you with an alternative method of earning diploma credits.
  • increases your confidence and self-reliance.

Co-operative education combines academic study and classroom theory with practical and realistic experiences at a training station.  You’ll be placed at a training station where you’ll face a variety of challenges and learn by doing.  Co-operative education is a partnership between students, teachers, parents, employers, and employee supervisors.  In the end, the goal is the same as always:  to prepare you to be a contributing member of our society.