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St. Mother Teresa Catholic Academy – Cooperative Education

What is Cooperative Education?

Cooperative Education is a program that integrates classroom theory with practical experience in the workplace. The program is based on a partnership between the school and the local business community. This learning experience assists students to explore career areas and make informed decisions about possible future careers and post-secondary pathways.
How does Cooperation Education work?

Teachers arrange work placements for co-op students, and then monitor the students’ progress and learning at the placement throughout the semester. Students may be at their work placements in the morning and/or afternoon depending on the number of co-op credits students are earning through the program.  Students work in placements closely associated with the curriculum of an in-school related subject. There is an in-school component that prepares students for their work experience and provides an opportunity for integration and reflection activities. There is also a work experience component that enables students to incorporate the course objectives of the in-school subject into the work placement.
How does Cooperative Education benefit students?
  • Develop essential employability skills
  • Get valuable hands-on work experience
  • Earn credits towards your high school diploma
  • Confirm your post-secondary career choice before you start university or college
  • Start your apprenticeship while still in high school
Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program – OYAP
The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a program that promotes careers in the skilled trade professions. OYAP allows students to earn credits toward a high school diploma while gaining knowledge and experience under the supervision of a skilled professional. In addition, there twelve “Accelerated” centrally coordinated OYAP programs.  These programs are offered to students in the second semester of grade 12.  The application process, which includes open-house sessions and an interview, takes place in November and December.  The “Accelerated” programs include:
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Baker
  • Child Development Practitioner
  • Construction Craft Worker
  • Cook
  • Drywall, Acoustical and Lathing Applicator
  • Hairstylist and Cosmetologist
  • Electrician
  • Floor Covering Installer
  • General Carpenter
  • Plumber
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic
Please note that the Automotive Service Technician is a two-year program that begins in grade 11.
Additional information about OYAP is available at:
Central Coordinated Placements
Students enrolled in Cooperative Education programs are also eligible to apply and be interviewed for the following central coordinated placements:
      • Army Reserve
      • Hospitals
      • Rogers TV
      • Toronto Fire Services
      • Toronto Police Services
Students are required to complete a specialized application form which is available in the Co-op office. Please note that these placement opportunities have their own specific criteria for eligibility and involve a competitive interview.
How do I apply for Cooperative Education programs?

Applications are distributed at option selection time and are also available from the Guidance and the Co-op offices.  Students are interviewed to determine their area of interest and they will have an opportunity to share their goals for career exploration.