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Welcome to Cooperative Education – the best experiential learning that you can acquire!

FORMS LINK:  Coop Application, Parent-Student Information and Teacher Reference Forms.

As the quote from Confucius says:
“hear and I forget, see and I remember, do and I understand.”

Coop Fact Sheet

Coop Application, Parent-Student Information and Teacher Reference Forms.

Please click here to go to the School Board’s Cooperative Education website.

Please click here to go to the School Board’s Specialist High Skills Major website.

Please click here to go to the Ontario Cooperative Education Association website (OCEA).

More Information about Cooperative Education:

Student Success is about meeting the individual learning needs of each and every student. Schools are providing students with more opportunities to customize their high school experience and build on their strengths and interests through a variety of new and enhanced learning options.

Cooperative Education credits may be used to meet up to two of the 18 compulsory credit requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Students must also earn 12 optional credits for the OSSD. There is no limit on the number of optional credits that may be earned through Cooperative Education courses.

Cooperative Education (Co-op) is a program that allows Grade 11 and 12 students to earn credits upon completion of a work placement in the community. The in-school portion and the work placement allow students to gain valuable learning experiences that help prepare them for post-secondary life, at College or University, Apprenticeship training or direct entry to the workplace. Co-op placements are arranged by Co-op teachers and follow Ministry of Education policies.

Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) http://www.highskills.ca/

Cooperative Education is a required component for all Specialist High Skill Majors. Be sure to select a Co-op option when choosing your courses if you are planning on completing a SHSM upon graduation.

Co-op gives students the opportunity to:
• “try out” a career of interest;
• gain valuable work experience to help build their resume;
• develop Essential Skills and work habits;
• experience authentic learning outside a traditional classroom setting;
• meet the requirements for a Specialist High Skills Major

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

An OYAP student is a Grade 11 or 12 Co-op student who is working in an apprenticeship trade in one of the four sectors (e.g., Construction, Industrial, Motive Power and Service).

Concentrated OYAP and OYAP Dual Credit programs are specialized programs for students who have career plans to become an apprentice in a skilled trade. These programs offer senior secondary students an exciting opportunity to gain experience and skills towards apprenticeship qualifications, while still in high school.

For additional information on these programs, contact your school Guidance Counselor or Co-op Teacher.

Application Procedure for Cooperative Education:

• choose the Co-op program of interest;
• register your selection in Career Cruising
• request and complete the required forms: Co-op Application, Parent Permission & Teacher Reference Forms;
• students will be contacted by a Co-op teacher to undergo a mandatory structured interview;
• depending on your placement request, you may need to fulfill additional requirements such as: health test(s), criminal reference check, specialized application package and/or screening.

Note: students are responsible for placement costs (e.g. transportation).

Note: access to a Cooperative Education program is based on student readiness and program availability.

For more information or forms, please refer to http://coop.wcdsb.ca/ or go to your Co-op or Guidance office.

Co-op for Grade 11    –    COOP11
Cooperative Education is a program that offers senior students the opportunity to further develop knowledge and skills in a subject area through practical experience. It is appropriate for students considering college, university and apprenticeship programs, or direct entry into the workplace. Placements exist in all sectors of the economy such as: Arts & Culture, Education, Hospitality & Tourism, Business, Environment, Manufacturing, Construction, Health & Wellness, Information & Communications, Police & Canadian Forces.
If you are interested in exploring a skilled trade, the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is the recommended program option. All Co-op and OYAP courses are tied to a related in-school curriculum course. The Co-op learning plan will incorporate the apprenticeship training standards for the chosen trade.
COURSE NOTE: Click on LINK to the left to download & print application forms. Then click on BACK to finish your course selections.
Access to Co-op is based on student readiness.
• Complete the Application Forms,
• Students will be contacted by a Co-op teacher for an interview.
Forms are available as paper copy from Guidance or Co-op.
Forms are available online through the Career Cruising online course calendar.
CREDIT: 2 TYPE: Open GRADE: 11

Workplace Co-op  –  COOPWP
The Workplace Co-op program is for the student who is disengaged with the regular classroom setting and is looking for alternative ways of earning credits to achieve graduation. A student choosing this program could be pursuing any pathway. This course typically allows students to refine their job-search skills, essential skills, and work habits. See your school’s Co-op or Guidance Program Head for program details. All Co-op and OYAP selections are tied to a student’s related in-school curriculum course. This credit course may be taken at any level on route to any destination. (Apprenticeship, College, University, or Workplace)
COURSE NOTE: This course is only available to Grade 11s in the WORKPLACE Preparation Program
CREDIT: 2 TYPE: Open GRADE: 11

Summer Co-op for Grade 11  – SUCO11
Summer Co-op – 2015, provides students (at least 16 years old by June 29, 2015) an opportunity to experience a full-day unpaid work placement and earn credits during the summer when co-op might not fit into a student’s regular school schedule. This two-credit course may be taken at any level en route to any destination (Apprenticeship, College, University, or Workplace). This is also a great option for students who want to gain experience in a skilled trade area (OYAP), or who are involved in the Specialist High Skills Major Program. Choosing summer Co-op will not take up 2 slots on your timetable – you must choose 2 other courses to take during the school year. Note: students will need to make a full 5 week commitment (June 29 to July 31). Enrollment will be capped and applications received after March 27, 2015 will not be considered. Priority will be given to students needing credits to graduate and SHSM students who cannot fit co-op into their regular school timetable.
COURSE NOTE: Click on Blue Arrow to download & print application forms. Then click on BACK to finish your course selections.
Access to Co-op is based on student readiness and program availability.
– Complete the Application form, Parent Permission and Teacher Reference Forms.
– Students will be contacted by a Co-op Teacher for an interview.
– Health test(s), criminal reference check, specialized application packages may be required.
Students are responsible for some placement costs.
CREDIT: 2 TYPE: Open GRADE: 11

University Co-operative Education Program  –  UCEP12
The University Cooperative Education Program is in partnership with St. Jerome’s University, University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. This program allows students who have achieved high academic success the opportunity to experience university life before leaving high school. Students earn a university credit, 1 or 2 Grade 12 academic credits (taught by secondary school teachers at the university), and 2 co-op credits through project and research work at the university. ENG4U, MCV4U, HRE4M are the course options students may choose. Please note that ENG4U will have an AP (Advanced Placement) option that will enable successful students to write the AP Literature and Composition exam in May.
When choosing UCEP, also choose all the Grade 12 courses you will need to graduate and/or apply to university. The Grade 12 courses offered through UCEP will depend on applicant course requests.
COURSE NOTE: PLEASE TALK TO YOUR GUIDANCE COUNSELOR ABOUT THIS PROGRAM.
Pick up the Guidance Forms in Guidance. Or you can click on the chain-link icon to download the forms.
Access to Co-op is based on student readiness and program availability.
– Complete the Application form, Parent Permission and Teacher Reference Forms.
– Students will be contacted by a Co-op Teacher for an interview.
CREDIT: 2 TYPE: University GRADE: 12

College Cooperative Education Program  – CCEP12
This Transition to College program is an opportunity for grade 12 students to attend Conestoga College and take a tuition free college course that counts as an elective on their high school transcript, and is a credit that can be applied to a variety of future College programs. Students will also complete a two credit co-op placement that is related to the college course, or an unrelated placement, if the student chooses.
Possible first year college courses: Accounting, Business, Canadian Criminal Justice Systems, Design, Early Childhood Education, Fitness, Personal Support Worker, Programming, Psychology, Sociology, and Recreation & Leisure. These courses are applicable to programs in the following areas of study: Business and Hospitality, Community Services, Health and Life Sciences, Liberal Studies, Media and Design.
COURSE NOTE: PLEASE TALK TO YOUR GUIDANCE COUNSELOR ABOUT THIS PROGRAM.
Pick up the Guidance Forms in Guidance. Or you can click on the chain-link icon to download the forms.
Access to Co-op is based on student readiness and program availability.
– Complete the Application form, Parent Permission and Teacher Reference Forms.
– Students will be contacted by a Co-op Teacher for an interview.
CREDIT: 2 TYPE: College GRADE: 12

OYAP DualCredit (Apprenticeship Preparation & Co-op) OYAPDC
OYAP Dual Credit programs are for students focused on careers as an:
• Automotive Service Technician
• Cook
• General Machinist
• Truck & Coach Technician
• Welder
These programs operate in partnership with Conestoga College. Students are registered as an OYAP Participant at the start of the program and work towards completing pre-apprenticeship training for their chosen trade, as well as completing hours through Co-op, that may apply towards their apprenticeship hours. Students will earn (2) secondary credits for successful completion of the college courses and (2) Co-op credits. A grade 11 or 12 related Tech course is required as a prerequisite.
These programs will run semester two and is only for Grade 12 students who need 4 credits or less to graduate and have all compulsory credits completed by the end of Semester 1 of Grade 12.
COURSE NOTE: Click on Blue Arrow to download & print application forms. Then click on BACK to finish your course selections.
Access to Co-op is based on student readiness and program availability.
– Complete the Application form, Parent Permission and Teacher Reference Forms.
– Students will be contacted by a Co-op Teacher for an interview.
Students are responsible for some placement costs.
CREDIT: 2 TYPE: College GRADE: 12
COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take COOP12 – Co-op for Grade 12

Workplace Co-op Grade 12  – COOPWO
The Workplace Co-op program is for the student who is disengaged with the regular classroom setting and is looking for alternative ways of earning credits to achieve graduation. A student choosing this program could be pursuing any pathway. This course typically allows students to refine their job-search skills, essential skills, and work habits. See your school’s Co-op or Guidance Program Head for program details. All Co-op and OYAP selections are tied to a student’s related in-school curriculum course.
COURSE NOTE: This course is only available to Grade 12s in the WORKPLACE Preparation Program
CREDIT: 4 TYPE: Workplace GRADE: 12

Co-op for Grade 12  – COOP12
Cooperative Education is a program that offers senior students the opportunity to further develop knowledge and skills in a subject area through practical experience. It is appropriate for students considering college, university and apprenticeship programs, or direct entry into the workplace. Placements exist in all sectors of the economy such as: Arts & Culture, Education, Hospitality & Tourism, Business, Environment, Manufacturing, Construction, Health & Wellness, Information & Communications, Police & Canadian Forces.
If you are interested in exploring a skilled trade, the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is the recommended program option. All Co-op and OYAP courses are tied to a related in-school curriculum course. The Co-op learning plan will incorporate the apprenticeship training standards for the chosen trade.
COURSE NOTE: Click on LINK to the left to download & print application forms. Then click on BACK to finish your course selections.
Access to Co-op is based on student readiness and program availability.
– Complete the Application form, Parent Permission and Teacher Reference Forms.
– Students will be contacted by a Co-op Teacher for an interview.
– Health test(s), criminal reference check, specialized application packages may be required.
Students are responsible for some placement costs.
CREDIT: 2 TYPE: Open GRADE: 12

Summer Co-op for Grade 12  – SUCO12
Summer Co-op – 2015, provides students an opportunity to experience a full-day unpaid work placement and earn credits during the summer when co-op might not fit into a student’s regular school schedule. This two-credit course may be taken at any level en route to any destination (Apprenticeship, College, University, or Workplace).This is a great option for Grade 12 students needing 2 credits to graduate, and also for students who want to gain experience in a skilled trade area (OYAP), or who are involved in the Specialist High Skills Major Program. Choosing summer Co-op will not take up 2 slots on your timetable – you must choose 2 other courses to take during the school year. Note: students will need to make a full 5 week commitment (June 29 to July 31). Enrollment will be capped and applications received after March 27, 2015 will not be considered. Priority will be given to students needing credits to graduate and SHSM students who cannot fit co-op into their regular school timetable.
COURSE NOTE: Click on Blue Arrow to download & print application forms. Then click on BACK to finish your course selections.
Access to Co-op is based on student readiness and program availability.
– Complete the Application form, Parent Permission and Teacher Reference Forms.
– Students will be contacted by a Co-op Teacher for an interview.
– Health test(s), criminal reference check, specialized application packages may be required.
Students are responsible for some placement costs.
CREDIT: 2 TYPE: Open GRADE: 12