CO-OPERATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM "Learning by Experiencing"
WHAT IS IT? Co-operative education: Experiential learning that gives the student a learning experience outside of the school environment at a workplace. This gives hands-on experience in a field of interest to a student
While taking co-op, students will develop: Employability skills (skills needed for their career) Personal management skills (time management, organization, planning)
Skills developed (continued): Literacy skills (become better at writing concisely and expressing ideas) Teamwork (work with others at a workplace as part of their business)
IS EVERY STUDENT WHO APPLIES ACCEPTED INTO CO-OP?
WHAT WILL THE CO-OP TEACHER LOOK FOR AT THE INTERVIEW?THE THREE A’S OF CO-OP
ATTENDANCE The Ministry of Education requires that the co-op student attend work each day for 3 hours. The employer will expect the student to be at work each day on time. A student needs a good attendance record at school to be considered for co-op.
APTITUDE A student needs to have done well in a class that relates to the work placement. Participating in extra curricular activities that develop work skills will also help get work placements. The students’ classroom teacher(s) will be asked if the student would be successful in the work place.
ATTITUDE Employers choose students who want to learn, are cheerful, listen to directions, are polite and work well with others. Many placements are competitive and a student who is likely to be immature and have a negative attitude could likely be fired and lose two credits.
If successful (with screening process) the cooperative education teacher will then look for an employer that is willing to take on a student – in their area of interest
If an employer is found the student will go to an interview.
The employer will then decide if they wish to take on a co-op student.
Coop is planned for am or pm (first or second semester) depending upon scheduling
Extended Benefits OYAP Program – Apprenticeships Specialist High Skills Major Programs Part-time or Full-time jobs for students Deciding whether a field is right for them Helping students at risk Placing students with varying learning styles (Auditory, Tactile, Kinesthetic, Visual) Providing post-secondary direction/planning