Experiential learning will provide students the opportunity to develop Christian values and practise proper ethics in the world of work.
The York Catholic District School Board's Co-operative Education programs combine classroom learning with on-the-job training to enhance the educational experiences of participants.
The program assists high school students bound for university, college, apprenticeship or the workplace in making career decisions and developing essential skills, knowledge and attitudes.
Cooperative Education is a planned learning experience for which students earn credits towards an OSSD. The program integrates classroom theory with learning experiences in the community. Students are able to apply, expand, and refine knowledge and skills acquired through a related curriculum course. Cooperative Education is offered to Grade Eleven and Grade Twelve students in all subject areas.
Courses completed successfully or taken in the same semester as Coop can be linked to Cooperative Education experiences. The knowledge and skills of an in-school course are applied in a practical work environment. These experiences assist students to explore and prepare for future careers and make a successful transition to post-secondary education, apprenticeship, or the work place.
In addition to school-arranged experiences tied to the curriculum, the Co-operative Education program includes:
|Job Shadowing||½ - 1 day||One-on-one observation of an employee at an organization|
|Job Twinning||½ - 1 day||One-on-one observation of a Co-op student at a placement|
|Work Experience||1 – 4 weeks||A planned learning opportunity (within a credit course) that integrates classroom theory and learning experiences at a workplace|
Through the programs, students have the opportunity to:
Most credits are offered at the senior level, however, in special situations, it is possible for grade 9 and l0 students to earn credits this way, after consultation with the school's administration, the parents, the teachers and the community employer.
Students are selected through a counseling and interviewing process conducted by their school's Co-operative Education teacher(s). Prior to their placement in the workplace, they attend structured orientation and pre-placement sessions.
The Co-operative Education teacher monitors and evaluates the student's out-of-school activities. As well, students share and analyze their work experiences with their teachers and peers in structured classroom integration activities.
There is a required process for all students to follow when applying to participate in a Cooperative Education experience. This process provides information to students and parents/guardians as they plan educational pathways and goals. Applications are available in the Co-operative Education or Guidance offices. Interviews are mandatory.
Course Selection Instructions: Please contact your Guidance Office.
A Cooperative Education experience includes:
|# of Co-Op Credits||Pre-Placement||Integration||Placement||Total Hours|
|2-credits (related to 1 or2 in-school courses)||15-20 hours||7 hours||83 – 88 hours||110 hours|
|1-credit (related to 1 in school course)||15-20 hours||14 hours||186 – 191 hours||220 hours|
|3-credits (related to 2 or 3 in-school courses)||15-20 hours||21 hours||269 –279 hours||330 hours|
|4-credits (related to 2 or 3 in-school courses)||15-20 hours||28 hours>||392 – 397 hours||440 hours|
|Grde 9||Grade 10||Grade 11||Grade 12|
|* other form of learning|
|Science||Science||Science or Tech||Elective Course|
|French||Career Ed/Civics||English/Language/Social Science||Elective Course|
|Geography||History||Elective Course||Elective Course|
|Health/Physical Education||Physical Education/Art/Business||Elective Course||Elective Course|
|Arts||Elective Course||Elective(s) could include Co-Op Education||Elective(s) could include Co-Op Education|
|*Take our kids to work||