There are many destinations that a student can choose from and different pathways to get there. It is important to find the right fit for each individual student. Whether the pathway is apprenticeship, college, university or work it ‘s helping each individual to plan, prepare, and help them be successful while taking into account their interests, abilities, and skills. Each destination has its advantages; it’s finding the right one that fits the student’s needs.
Pathways programs like the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) and the Specialist High-Skills Major (SHSM) let students ‘test-drive’ a career through work experience, earning credits and valuable job experience at the same time. With Dual Credit programs, students can even reach ahead to earn college credits while completing their high school diploma.! All of which can be achieved through the Cooperative Education Program.
How Does Cooperative Education Work?
A company agrees to provide a placement for a student and designates an employee to supervise the learning. A scheduled interview determines the student’s acceptance. Work schedules vary: (half, full, consecutive, alternate days, or summer). Learning opportunities at the placement are linked with a student’s academic studies, education plan, and personal goals and abilities through SCELP. The teacher, the student and the placement supervisor work together to design the learning plan. The teacher monitors regularly to assess student progress, with supervisor’s input and to promote successful student learning. Credit(s) are awarded upon successful completion of program expectations.
Central Cooperative Education placements in the Toronto Catholic District School Board
Students may apply and interview for placement opportunities with:
- Emergency Medical Services
- Police Services
- Toronto Fire Services
- Army Reserve
- TCDSB Facilities Department
Who’s Cooperative education for?
Co-op programs are for secondary students who are heading for apprenticeship, college, university or the workplace. students enter the program in grade 11 an 12
Why Get involved?
- Use knowledge and skills from your classroom in the workplace
- Earn high school credits through work experience
- Try out different career options
- Earn valuable work experience for your resume
- Make connections with employers
- Learn new practical skills
- Build your resume for university/college applications
- discover the variety of options available to you in the world of work
- enhance your post secondary application
- develop employability skills, leadership skills and an entrepreneurial attitude
- explore personal interests, abilities and values
What Can I do to Prepare?
- plan your secondary school courses for Grades 9/10/11/12 carefully by including Cooperative Education
- speak to the Coop teacher(s) and students who have taken the program at your school about the many opportunities in the Coop Program
- visit your Cooperative Education Department to get more information and fill out a Cooperative Education Form
How Can I get information?
Visit Chaminade’s School Cooperative Education Department Located in Room 308
Within the Pathways program, there are also the opportunity for students to participate in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) or Dual Credit Co-Op.
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