What is Cooperative Education?

Cooperative Education is a valuable learning experience that takes place in the community. Students have the opportunity to "test drive a career" prior to post-secondary school to help them develop a career path. Their coop experiences help the students to develop essential skills and work habits necessary for success within the context of school and the world of work. 


Co-op is credit bearing and may be timetabled for either half of the school day (2 credits) or the entire day (4 credits). Credits are granted based on in-class assignments, employer evaluations, and successful attendance at the work placement. As a result, strong attendance is mandatory. 


This course consists of a community-connected experience and a cooperative education curriculum focused on developing skills, knowledge, and habits of mind that will support students in their learning at school and beyond, today and in the future, as well as in their education and career/life planning. Within the context of the community-connected experience, students will apply skills, knowledge, and habits of mind that will protect and promote their health, safety, and well-being and that will strengthen their inquiry, decision-making, and leadership skills. Students will create and implement a learning plan that meets their particular interests and needs, reflect on their learning, and make connections between their experience in the community and other aspects of their lives.


There is no prerequisite course for Cooperative Education.


Why Take Cooperative Education?

Cooperative Education provides students with an opportunity to enhance their academic life at Collingwood Collegiate Institute, and supports student decisions pertaining to choices in post-secondary workplace or education programs (e.g. apprenticeship, college, university). Students will pursue their interests in an appropriate workplace and develop knowledge, skills and attitudes that are essential in today's working world. In addition, the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) provides an opportunity for students interested in pursuing a career in apprenticeable trades to begin their pathway prior to completing secondary school. Students are required to arrange their own transportation to their work site. Some Cooperative Education placements may involve costs for medical/immunizations, security checks, safety equipment or special clothing. These costs are the responsibility of the student and the parent/guardian. It should also be understood that placements in some fields of work are very limited, and that the first placement choice cannot be guaranteed.


Contact Us:

Phone Number:  (705) 445-3161 Ext 4

Our co-op office is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Please leave a message if we aren't in the office. 


Interested in providing a Co-op Experience?

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