Cooperative Education
Cooperative Education
Cooperative Education

Program Message

What is Cooperative Education?

Cooperative Education is:

  • A Ministry approved program where students earn secondary school credits while completing a work placement in the community
  • The program consists of a co-op course monitored by a Cooperative Education Teacher, a related curriculum course in any subject and a work placement
  • The Cooperative Education course consists of a classroom component and a placement component. The classroom component includes 15 to 20 hours of pre-placement instruction, which prepares students for the workplace and includes instruction in areas of key importance such as health and safety, and classroom sessions held at various times during and after the placement, which provide opportunities for students to reflect on and reinforce their learning in the workplace

Board Contact

Niagara Catholic Education Centre

Ivana Galante

Consultant:  Business-Technological Education/SHSM/OYAP

905-735-0240 x121

E-mail: Ivana Galante

Who is Cooperative Education for?

  • Co-op programs are for secondary students who are heading for apprenticeship, college, university or the workplace

What are the key benefits of Co-op Programs?

Co-op students have the opportunity to:

  • Experience hands-on learning
  • “Test-drive” career options
  • See the relevance of their classroom learning
  • Earn credits through workplace experience
  • Develop the essential skills and habits required in the workplace
  • Gain valuable work experience that will help build a resume for postsecondary programs and future employment

Where are co-op programs offered?

  • All Ontario school boards offer co-op programs
  • For more information contact your school Guidance Counsellor or Co-op Department


How do I find out more?


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