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Co-operative Education
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  • Co-operative Education is a partnership among education, business, industry and labour
  • Co-operative Education assists you in making successful transitions to post secondary education, apprenticeship programs, or directly to the workplace
  • Co-operative Education allows you to earn credits while exploring
    a career in a work site of your choice.
As a participant in a Co-operative Education program, you:
  • make career decisions by developing the knowledge, skills and attitudes
    that will enable you to be successful in the work world of tomorrow
  • accumulate hundreds of hours of hands-on experience in a career field of
    your choice
  • make connections with people that can help you today and tomorrow
  • earn credits towards your high school diploma
  • work with state-of-the-art technology and equipment (in high-tech
Co-operative Education offers students an opportunity to:
  • have first hand experience in an occupation of interest
  • explore a particular occupation prior to making the transition from
    school to the workplace
  • learn about an occupation prior to final selection of a post-secondary
To be eligible to participate in a Co-operative Education program, you
  • be in Grade 11 or 12 (some exceptions may apply)
  • be interviewed by the teacher to determine suitability ( i.e., maturity, motivation, responsibility, attendance, etc.)
  • complete an application form
  • obtain parental permission to participate in the program
  • obtain a recommendation from teachers
In a Co-operative Education program, you will spend 15 hours of your class time in preparation activities for your placement, 15 to 30 hours (depending whether you are in the two or four credit package) of class time,
over six Fridays, doing integration activities. The remaining hours required for the program will be spent with the community employer at your work placement. As a Co-op student, you develop skills and attitudes that will help you prepare for the future as you experience and learn in the workplace.
Final marks for Co-op students are made up of a term mark (70%) and two Cumulative Activities (30%). The term mark will be based on: assignments, logs, journals and workplace performance. The workplace performance component makes up more than half of the total term mark. The employer will write three performance appraisals during the course of the placement.  Regular attendance is extremely important if you intend to be successful in this program.
There are four Co-operative Education Programs available at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Academy:
  • Two- Credit Co-operative Education Across the Curriculum
  • Four- Credit Co-operative Education Across the Curriculum
  • Mission Possible School-to-Work Program
  • Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

Two-Credit Co-Operative Education Across The Curriculum
The Two-Credit Package is primarily for those students in grade 11 who are
college or university bound.  It is also for any other grade 11 or 12 student
who has a particular career interest which he/she would like to explore.  The
Two-Credit Package is linked to a particular course and is a practical
application of skills and knowledge learned in that in-school course.  Once in
their placement, these students work every day from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
Four-Credit Co-Operative Education Across The Curriculum
The Four-Credit Package is intended for grade 12 students.  It is geared for
students who are interested in becoming an apprentice, attending college in an
applied program, or entering the work force directly after high school
graduation. This Package is linked to two courses and is a practical application
of skills and knowledge learned in those in-school courses.  Once in their
placement, these students will work every day during the normal eight-hour
working day of the workplace in which they are placed.
Mission Possible School to Work Program
The Mission Possible Program is a Co-Operative Education Program that
involves extra-curricular activities in grade 10, a Two-Credit Co-Operative
Placement in grade11, and a Four-Credit Placement in grade 12.  It also may
involve a more defined course of study while taking in-school courses.  The
program is geared to students who wish to pursue a post-graduate career in
fields that do not typically require college, university, or apprenticeship
training, for example:  Careers in Banking, Office Management, Paralegal
Services, Real Estate and Retail Services.  Students interested in applying for
a Mission Possible School-To-Work Program should see a Co-Operative Education
Teacher and his/her Counsellor.

OYAP logoThe Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) promotes careers
in the skilled professions.  It meets the needs of students who are considering
apprenticeship as a pathway to full-time, life-long employment immediately after

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