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What is the Cooperative Education Program (Co-op)

Cooperative Education is a Ministry of Education–approved program that allows students to earn secondary school credits while completing a work placement. The program consists of a Cooperative Education (Co-op) course monitored by a Cooperative Education teacher, a related curriculum course in any subject, and a work placement. Students can count two co-op credits as compulsory credits towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Cooperative Education students must take the related course concurrently with the Cooperative Education or have successfully completed the related course before being placed in the program.

Key Benefits of Co-op Program?

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.

How are students selected?

The following conditions must be met for students to be accepted into the program:

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Complete a Cooperative Education/OYAP registraton using My Blueprint.
  • Complete a successful interview with a Cooperative Education/OYAP teacher.
  • Complete prior to registration, or concurrently, the subject related course.
  • Once a student is accepted into the co-op program, we cannot guarantee placement in first choice of career area. Consultation with a Guidance Counsellor or Co-op teacher is recommended.

How does Co-op work?

  • Cooperative Education courses include a classroom component which is comprised of pre-placement and integration sessions.
  • Prior to their placement, students attend orientation sessions as part of their classroom component of the program.
  • The work placement component of the course requires students to attend a placement for a minimum of 2.5 hours per day, five days per week.
  • Students share and reflect their work placement experiences with their teachers.
  • Cooperative Education/OYAP teachers conduct placement learning assessments and evaluate their students’ performance through pre-placement, placement, and reflective learning activities. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the placement.


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Consultation with a Guidance Counsellor and your Co-op/OYAP teacher is strongly recommended.

Assumption College
Contact: 519-751-2030 (Peter Polillo Ext. 224, Marilyn Martello Ext. 248, Michael Ricci Ext. 329 )

Holy Trinity Catholic High School
Contact: 519-429-3600 ( Kim Maxin Ext. 309, Blair Columbus Ext 408 )

St. John's College
Contact: 519-759-2318 ( Jeniffer Boluk-Svec Ext. 235, Steve Penner Ext. 236)

Co-op/OYAP Coordinator

Contact: 519-756-6369 Et. 12246 Carmine Romano