The Cooperative education, or Co-op, program provides Grade 11 and 12 students with the opportunity to earn High School credits through the completion of a semester-long unpaid work placement.
Co-op programs are designed to meet your individual needs, strengths, interests, and learning styles, preparing you with the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to be successful in the future.
The Co-op Education Program Includes:
- A work placement
- A Co-op teacher supervisor
- A related High School course
Who Can Participate in a Co-op?
The Cooperative Education program is available to all Grade 11 and 12 students.
Do Co-op Placements have Fees?
Participating in a Co-op program is free. However, you will not be paid for the work you complete. You will receive academic credit for the placement. Depending on the location of you Co-op, you may have to budget for travel costs.
What are the Benefits of the Co-op Program for Students?
Through Co-op you will have the opportunity to:
- Pursue a work placement in a field of interest
- 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
Selecting a Co-op Placement:
When searching for a work placement, it is important that you search in a field that interests you. Your placement should give you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience, develop essential skills, and make meaningful connections.
Interested in Co-op at Your High School?
All Ontario school boards offer the Cooperative Education program. Any Grade 11 and 12 student interested in a Co-op can contact their high school’s principal, guidance counsellor or Co-op department. You can also contact the Student Success Leader in your school board.