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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Co-operative Education
Co-operative Education provides students with an alternate choice from learning in the classroom. There, Employees demonstrate what it takes to be involved in the workplace. It integrates classroom theory with practical experience in the workplace by providing opportunities for students to refine, extend, apply and practice their classroom learning. This also allows our students the opportunity to develop essential skills, an awareness of where their talents and interests may take them and the ability to practice classroom learning in the workplace. Students will also experience work life and develop knowledge that will assist them in making sound educational and career decisions.
 
The Benefits of the Co-operative Education
 
To the Community Partner:
  • Provides an opportunity to participate directly in the education of students
  • Provides an opportunity for business and industry to demonstrate community involvement
  • Provides opportunity for professional growth
  • Promotes awareness of job opportunities within various industries
  • Provides opportunities to assess and recruit future employees
  • Provides opportunities to begin training possible future employees without the expenses inherent in training new employees
  • Provides opportunities to possibly benefit from government sponsored tax credits when involved in specific OYAP programs.
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To the Student:
  • Provides opportunities to apply skills and knowledge learned at school
  • Provides an opportunity to develop essential workplace skills
  • Increases awareness of the demands, expectations and responsibilities of employment
  • Provides access to technology and expertise not available in schools
  • Helps develop personal integrity as an extension of one’s faith
  • Fosters increased confidence, self-awareness and positive attitudes
  • Provides an opportunity to explore a career in order to make better informed educational and career decisions
  • Provides an opportunity to develop a network of future references and employment prospects
  • Provides an opportunity to participate in Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) where applicable
  • Provides an opportunity to earn credits towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma or the Ontario Secondary School Certificate To The Community
  • Makes most effective use of community resources
  • Fosters a positive attitude towards all forms of community involvement
  • Helps keep school program relevant and teachers and students abreast of the changes and expectations of the 21st century workplace
For more information on Co-operative Education, please contact Sera Rossi, McLuhan's Co-operative Education Faciliator. You can e-mail her or call her at (416) 393-5561.