Co-operative Education (Co-op)
All students can benefit from Co-operative Education. Through Co-operative Education, students develop a reflective habit of mind to derive meaning from their experiences, the ability to apply their learning o influence decisions and actions in various aspects of their lives, and the skills, knowledge and habits of mind required to become competent and confident education and career/life planners.
To learn more, contact the guidance office or Co-operative Education teacher at your school.
What is Co-op?
Co-op is a ministry-approved program that allows students to earn secondary school credits while completing a work placement. The program consists of a co-op course monitored by a co-operative education teacher, a related curriculum course in any subject and a work placement.
Students can apply two co-op credits towards their compulsory high school graduation requirements, with no limit on earning optional co-op credits. Co-op placements are arranged for students by their secondary school and must follow Ministry of Education policy and guidelines.
Who is Co-op for?
Co-op programs are for secondary students who are heading for apprenticeship, college, university or the workplace.
What are the key benefits of Co-op programs?
Co-op students have the opportunity to:
- Experience hands-on learning
- “Test-drive” career options
- See the relevance of their classroom learning
- Earn credits through workplace experience
- Develop the essential skills and habits required in the workplace
- Gain valuable work experience that will help build a resumé for postsecondary programs and future employment.
Source: Ontario Ministry of Education
Rainbow District School Board now offers a stand alone co-op class (DCO 3CO) that allows students to design their own career exploration opportunities through inquiry-based learning.