Cooperative Education

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Co-operative education provides students with hands-on learning. It transforms the work place into a classroom where students are able to experience the realities and expectations of the world of work. The Co-operative Education Program also includes the School-to-Work Transition Program and the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program. Through practical career exploration,students are better prepared to make choices leading to their goals for the future. Students may earn non-compulsory credits toward their Ontario Secondary School Diploma through this program. Two co-op credits can also be applied to the Group 1, Group 2 or Group 3 compulsory credit categories. More information regarding this program is available through the Guidance Department and in the Common Course Calendar.


The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a school-to-work transition program offered through Ontario secondary schools.

Full-time students in Grades 11 and 12 earn cooperative education credits through work placements in skilled trades.

Vocational Pathways

Students in the Vocational Pathways Program will be working toward specific personal goals that focus on building vocational skills, independence, self confidence and academic skills necessary for success in College, and eventually the work place.

Program Overview:

Cooperative Education – Students will have an opportunity to explore different vocational settings within the community. Students will complete pre-placement training such as WHMIS and Young Worker’s Awareness Training in preparation for their placement. During class time they will discuss, and participate in, a variety of activities relevant to building interpersonal skills, self-esteem, self- advocacy and success at work. Students will have an opportunity to earn academic credits.
Courses – Students will participate in as many as two scheduled mainstream classes that are personally relevant and beneficial, according to their individual abilities, goals and needs.

Student Profile


  • are working toward personal goals that may be outlined in their Individual Education Plan
  • are in at least their second year of Secondary
  • are able to participate in teacher directed lessons
  • are able to complete work independently and display self control
  • display socially appropriate behaviour, consistent with success at a workplace will benefit from working in small groups and from 1:1 support, when available are functioning below grade level academically
  • are experiential learners
  • are able to read independently, or with minimal assistance
  • will have training on relevant assistive technology
  • have the potential to live independently
  • are NOT working toward an OSSD

Evaluation of student progress:

Provincial report cards will be distributed at the same time as all other Secondary students. Parents / Guardians are encouraged to attend the school wide scheduled interviews to set goals for the next reporting period.