CO-OPERATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM<br />"Learning by Experiencing"<br />
WHAT IS IT?<br />Co-operative education:<br />Experiential learning that gives the student a learning experience outside of the school environment at a workplace. <br />This gives hands-on experience in a field of interest to a student<br />
While taking co-op, students will develop:<br />Employability skills (skills needed for their career)<br />Personal management skills (time management, organization, planning)<br />
Skills developed (continued):<br />Literacy skills (become better at writing concisely and expressing ideas)<br />Teamwork (work with others at a workplace as part of their business)<br />
GOALS AND BENEFITS<br /><ul><li>Practice and develop skills
Gain experience valuable for Community College and University, employment and work references</li></li></ul><li>RESPONSIBILITIES OF A CO-OP STUDENT :<br /><ul><li>attend the workplace daily and be punctual; (81 DAYS – 220 HOURS)
comply with all rules and regulations set out by the employer
IS EVERY STUDENT WHO APPLIES ACCEPTED INTO CO-OP?</li></li></ul><li>WHAT WILL THE CO-OP TEACHER LOOK FOR AT THE INTERVIEW?THE THREE A’S OF CO-OP<br />
ATTENDANCE <br />The Ministry of Education requires that the co-op student attend work each day for 3 hours.<br />The employer will expect the student to be at work each day on time.<br />A student needs a good attendance record at school to be considered for co-op.<br />
APTITUDE<br />A student needs to have done well in a class that relates to the work placement.<br />Participating in extra curricular activities that develop work skills will also help get work placements.<br />The students’ classroom teacher(s) will be asked if the student would be successful in the work place.<br />
ATTITUDE<br />Employers choose students who want to learn, are cheerful, listen to directions, are polite and work well with others. <br />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. <br />
THE PROCESS<br /><ul><li>Apply at Course Selection time in spring
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</li></li></ul><li>Extended Benefits<br />OYAP Program – Apprenticeships<br />Specialist High Skills Major Programs<br />Part-time or Full-time jobs for students<br />Deciding whether a field is right for them<br />Helping students at risk <br />Placing students with varying learning styles (Auditory, Tactile, Kinesthetic, Visual)<br />Providing post-secondary direction/planning<br />