Co-operative Education is a one-semester, educational program that normally includes two or three academic courses, and Work Experience 12A and 12B. Students receive the required number of hours of instruction for each course and all curricular material is covered. The co-op program is designed to enhance a student's education through incorporating work experience into their program. Often, there is a focus to the core academic courses, for example a Humanities Co-op could include English Language Arts and Social Studies classes and a Science Co-op may include a Mathematics class and/or Science classes.
Work Experience is intended to assist in preparing students for the transition from secondary school to the world of work or further education and training. The community becomes the classroom where students gain knowledge and experience about the work place and are provided with a frame of reference to review their career development goals. By extending education beyond the school, students will be able to access a wide and varied scope of work experience opportunities in the community.
For more information on Co-op Programs (benefits, process, expectations) and if they are offered at your student's secondary school please contact the school's Career Development Facilitator.