905-894-3461 576 Ridge Road, Ridgeway, ON L0S 1N0

Co-operative Education

Program Leader, Community and Experiential Learning: Mr. R. Mackinnon

Cooperative Education is a planned learning experience for which credits are earned.  Co-op integrates classroom theory and learning experiences at a workplace to enable students to apply and refine the knowledge and skills acquired in a related course. 


Students are generally out in a workplace for a half day (morning or afternoon) for a whole semester.  The first semester is from September to January and the second semester is from February to June. The tasks that are performed at the work site relate to a course that is either currently being taken or taken in a previous semester.

Co-op. students are typically in grade eleven or twelve.


Students will participate in a pre-placement orientation (for a duration of approximately 20 hours) where they will learn about resume writing, interview skills, health and safety before they are able to go to a work site. Students will meet on a monthly basis with the Cooperative Education Teacher in a group session to reflect on what they are learning.