Wellington Catholic
District School Board
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Student Success

Co-operative Education

Experiential Learning
Experiential learning helps students make decisions about their futures after high school graduation. The kind of experiential learning that co-operative education (co-op) provides is invaluable whether students are bound for apprenticeship, college, university, or the workplace. Students gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes essential to exploring the direction they will choose.

“Even if they don’t like their placement it is still a win-win situation – the students walk away with insight about what they want and essential skills they can take into alternative career pathways,” shares Ruthanne Finnigan, Co-op Co-ordinator for Wellington Catholic and the Upper Grand Districts.

Co-op and expanded co-op
Co-op and expanded co-op allows students headed for university, college, apprenticeship or the workplace to ‘try-on’ various careers.

Co-op is a credit program.  Students spend part of the program hours in the classroom and the rest of the time is dedicated to an on the job placement in an industry/setting that aligns with their interests.

Expanded Co-op is a program that allows students to apply two co-op credits toward their compulsory high school graduation requirements, with no limit on earning co-op credits in place of other elective courses.

Student’s who take advantage of these opportunities:
Experience hands-on learning
Test drive career options
See the relevance of their classroom learning
Develop skills and habits required in the workplace
Gain valuable work experience that will help build a resume for post secondary programs and future employment

For further Ministry information, please review:
School To Career
Ontario Skills Passport (OSP)
Cooperative Education and Other Forms of Experiential Learning Policy

Why is the program jointly managed?