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Student Success is about meeting the individual learning needs of each and every student. Schools are providing students with more opportunities to customize their high school experience and build on their strengths and interests through a variety of new and enhanced learning options.

Cooperative Education credits may be used to meet up to two of the 18 compulsory credit requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). 

Students must also earn 12 elective credits for the OSSD. There is no limit on the number of elective credits that may be earned through Cooperative Education courses.


Cooperative Education (Co-op) is a program that allows Grade 11 and 12 students to earn credits upon completion of a work placement in the community. The in-school portion and the work placement allow students to gain valuable learning experiences that help prepare them for post-secondary life, at College or University, Apprenticeship training or direct entry to the workplace. Co-op placements are arranged by Co-op teachers and follow Ministry of Education policies.


Co-op gives students the opportunity to:
  • “try out” a career of interest;
  • gain valuable work experience to help build their resume;
  • develop Essential Skills and work habits;
  • experience authentic learning outside a traditional classroom setting;
  • meet the requirements for a Specialist High Skills Major

Cooperative Education is a required component for all Specialist High Skill Majors. Be sure to select a Co-op option when choosing your courses if you are planning on completing a SHSM upon graduation.


Application Procedure for Cooperative Education:

  • choose the Co-op program of interest;
  • register your selection in Career Cruising;
  • request and complete the required forms: Co-op Application, Parent and Student Information Form and two Teacher Reference Forms (also available in the Co-op and Guidance Offices);
  • students will be contacted by a Co-op teacher to undergo a mandatory structured interview;
  • depending on your placement request, you may need to fulfill additional requirements such as: health test(s), criminal reference check, specialized application package and/or screening.
  • students are responsible for placement costs (e.g. transportation).

Note: access to a Cooperative Education program is based on student readiness and program availability.


For more information, please refer to coop.wcdsb.ca/ or go to the Guidance or Co-op office.


CAPP (4 credit Apprenticeship Preparation - OYAP)
CAPP Dual Credit (College Apprenticeship Preparation & Co-op) CAPP
CAPP Dual Credit (College Apprenticeship Preparation & Co-op) programs are for students focused on careers as an:
• Automotive Service Technician
• Brick & Stone Mason
• Cook
• General Machinist or Tool & Die Maker
• Truck & Coach Technician
• Welder

These programs operate in partnership with Conestoga College. Students are registered as an OYAP Participants at the start of the program and work towards completing pre-apprenticeship training for their chosen trade, as well as completing hours through Co-op, that may apply towards their apprenticeship. Students will earn (2) secondary credits for successful completion of the college courses and (2) Co-op credits.
A Grade 11 and/or 12 related Tech course is required as a prerequisite. These programs will run semester two and are only for Grade 12 students who need 4 credits or fewer to graduate and have all compulsory credits completed by the end of Semester 1 of Grade 12.
COURSE NOTE: Access to Co-op is based on student readiness and program availability.
• Complete the Application Form, Parent Permission & Teacher Reference Forms.
• Students will be contacted by a Co-op teacher for an interview.
• Students are responsible for placement costs (e.g., transportation).
More information and forms at http://coop.wcdsb.ca/ Guidance & Co-op Office
CREDIT: 4TYPE: ApprenticeshipGRADE: 12
CCEP (College Co-op Education Program)

Co-Operative Education | CCEP | Co-Op/OYAP | Home Build Program | Summer Co-Op/OYAP | UCEP

 

The College Cooperative Education Program (CCEP) is a pilot project by the Grand Connections School/College/Work Initiative (SCWI), funded by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities. This program will run semester one and two, subject to sufficent enrollment.

It is a Transition to College Program where year 4 or 5 students attend Conestoga College ITAL, Doon Campus to take a College course. Successful completion of the college course will provide an equivalent Grade 12 secondary school credit.  Students will also take two credits of Cooperative Education. College courses are typically a foundational course and consist of a 3 hour course per week, for 15 weeks. The Co-op courses follows the regular high school semester with the same start, end, and holiday times.

Visit coop.wcdsb.ca/ccep.html for more information.


CCEP - College Cooperative Education Program CCEP12
This Transition to College program is an opportunity for grade 12 students to attend Conestoga College and take a tuition free college course that counts as an elective on their high school transcript, and is a credit that can be applied to a variety of future College programs. Students will also complete a two credit co-op placement that is related to the college course, or an unrelated placement, if the student chooses.
The College courses are applicable to programs in the following areas of study: Business, Community Services, Health Care and Life Sciences, Law & Security, Media and Design, Recreation & Design. Priority will be given to students interested in a College pathway and needing credits to graduate.
COURSE NOTE: Complete the Application Form, Parent Permission & Teacher Reference Forms.
• Students will be contacted by a Co-op teacher for an interview.
• A Tb test, Police check, or specialized application pkg. may be required depending on placement request
• Students are responsible for placement expenses. Schools will support students who require assistance.
More info and forms at http://coop.wcdsb.ca, Guidance & Co-op offices.
CREDIT: 3TYPE: CollegeGRADE: 12
COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take CCEPCO - Co-op for CCEP
Co-op/OYAP

  

OYAP (Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program) is an apprenticeship program that enables students to learn a skilled trade while completing the requirements for their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

An OYAP Student:

  • is a Co-op student in an apprenticeship occupation
  • is 16 years of age or older
  • has completed at least 16 secondary school credits
  • is enrolled full time in school

Benefits Of OYAP For Students:

  • Earn credits toward an OSSD while exploring a potential career within the skilled trades
  • Obtain important health and safety training
  • Develop essential and employability skills
  • Allows a smooth transition into post-secondary apprenticeship programs

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Co-op for grade 11 COOP11
Cooperative Education is a program that offers senior students the opportunity to further develop knowledge and skills in a subject area through practical experience. It is appropriate for students considering college, university and apprenticeship programs, or direct entry into the workplace. Placements exist in all sectors of the economy such as: Arts & Culture, Education, Hospitality & Tourism, Business, Environment, Manufacturing, Construction, Health & Wellness, Information & Communications, Police & Canadian Forces.
CREDIT: 2TYPE: OpenGRADE: 11
Co-op for grade 12 COOP12
Cooperative Education is a program that offers senior students the opportunity to further develop knowledge and skills in a subject area through practical experience. It is appropriate for students considering college, university and apprenticeship programs, or direct entry into the workplace. Placements exist in all sectors of the economy such as: Arts & Culture, Education, Hospitality & Tourism, Business, Environment, Manufacturing, Construction, Health & Wellness, Information & Communications, Police & Canadian Forces.
If you are interested in exploring a skilled trade, the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is the recommended program option. The Co-op learning plan will incorporate the apprenticeship training standards for the chosen trade.
More information and forms at http://coop.wcdsb.ca, Guidance and Co-op offices.
COURSE NOTE: Complete the Application Form, Parent Permission & Teacher Reference Forms
• Access to Co-op is based on student readiness and program availability
• Students will be contacted by a Co-op teacher for an interview
• A Tb test, police check, or specialized application pkg. may be required depending on placement request
• Students are responsible for placement expenses. Schools will support students who require assistance
CREDIT: 2TYPE: OpenGRADE: 12
Home Build Program


The Community Home Build Program is a partnership between a prominant home builder in the Waterloo Region and the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. This program provides students with the opportunity to experience most trades within the construction sector.

Grade 10 or Grade 11 students who have completed a construction technology course and who would like an opportunity to build a structure from foundation to completion may apply.

  • Students apply through the Co-op application process.
  • First time students in this program will be involved in many aspects of building a house.
  • Second time students may specialize in a specific building trade area they wish to pursue.(Based on availability)

Visit coop.wcdsb.ca/comhome.html for more information.

Home Build Program for Grade 11 TCJ3EX
Community Home Build students, as part of a supervised construction crew, build a house from the foundation up. They will gain experience in residential construction (e.g., framing, wiring, plumbing, insulating, dry walling and trimming). Students are on-site for 3 periods of the school day during semester two earning one Grade 11 Construction Technology credit and two Co-op credits. Students must be 16 years of age by the start of the program, to participate in the Community Home Build Program.
More information and forms at http://coop.wcdsb.ca/ Guidance & Co-op office
COURSE NOTE: Access to Co-op is based on student readiness and program availability.
• Complete the Application Form, Parent Permission & Teacher Reference Forms.
• Students will be contacted by a Co-op teacher for an interview.
• Students are responsible for placement costs (e.g., work boots)
CREDIT: 1TYPE: ApprenticeshipGRADE: 11-12
COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take TCJ3EC - Homebuild Program: OYAP - General Carpenter - Co-op Component
CREDIT EQUIVALENTS: TCJ3EI - Construction Technology is a similar course and you will not receive credit for taking both.
Homebuild Program for Grade 12 TCJ4EX
Community Home Build students, as part of a supervised construction crew, build a house from the foundation up. They will gain experience in residential construction (e.g., framing, wiring, plumbing, insulating, drywall and trim work). Students are on-site for 3 periods of the school day, for a full semester, earning one Grade 12 Construction Technology credit and two Co-op credits.
COURSE NOTE: Access to Co-op is based on student readiness and program availability.
• Complete the Application Form, Parent Permission & Teacher Reference Forms.
• Students will be contacted by a Co-op teacher for an interview.
• Students are responsible for placement costs (e.g. work boots)
More information and forms at Guidance & Co-op office
CREDIT: 1TYPE: ApprenticeshipGRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: TCJ3EI - Construction Technology or TCC3EF - Carpentry & Home Repair (Females Only Construction Technology) or TCJ3EX - Home Build Program for Grade 11
COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take TCJ4EC - Homebuild Program: OYAP - General Carpenter - Co-op Component
CREDIT EQUIVALENTS: TCJ4EI - Construction Technology is a similar course and you will not receive credit for taking both.
Summer Co-op/OYAP

 

No time to take Co-op? Sign up for Summer School CO-OP. Earn 2 credits. Summer school OYAP/CO-OP is available to all secondary students in the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, however priority is given to students who require two credits to graduate or Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) students who are having difficulty fitting co-op into their academic plan. Preplacement begins in June (evenings). Program location is to be determined.

Visit coop.wcdsb.ca/summercoop.html for more information.

 

Summer Co-op for grade 11 or 12 SUCOOP
Summer Co-op - 2017, provides students (at least 16 years old by June 29, 2017) an opportunity to experience a full-day unpaid work placement and earn credits during the summer when co-op might not fit into a student’s regular school schedule. This two-credit course may be taken at any level en route to any destination (Apprenticeship, College, University, or Workplace). This is also a great option for students who want to gain experience in a skilled trade area (OYAP), or who are involved in the Specialist High Skills Major Program. Choosing summer Co-op will not take up 2 slots on your timetable - you must choose 2 other courses to take during the school year. Note: students will need to make a full 5 week commitment (June 29 to Aug. 3). Enrollment will be capped and applications received after March 27, 2017 may not be considered. Priority will be given to students needing credits to graduate and SHSM students who cannot fit co-op into their regular school timetable.
COURSE NOTE: Complete the Application, Parent Permission & Teacher Reference Forms
• Access to Co-op is based on student readiness and program availability
• Students will be contacted by a Co-op teacher for an interview
• A Tb test, Police check, or specialized application pkg. may be required depending on placement request
• Students are responsible for placement expenses.
More info and forms at http://coop.wcdsb.ca/ Guidance & Co-op Offi
CREDIT: 2TYPE: OpenGRADE: 12
UCEP

Co-Operative Education | CCEP | Co-Op/OYAP | Home Build Program | Summer Co-Op/OYAP | UCEP

 

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board offers the University Cooperative Education Program (UCEP) in partnership with St. Jerome’s University, University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University.

This program provides students who have achieved high academic success to experience university life before leaving secondary school. In this program, students can earn a university credit, one or two Grade 12 secondary school credits (taught by secondary school teachers at the university), and two Co-op credits.

 

Visit coop.wcdsb.ca/ucep.html for more information.

 

University Cooperative Education Program UCEP12
The University Cooperative Education Program is in partnership with St. Jerome’s University, University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. This program allows students who have achieved high academic success the opportunity to begin transitioning to university life before leaving high school. Students earn a university credit, 1 or 2 Grade 12 academic credits (taught by secondary school teachers at the university), and 2 co-op credits through work as a research assistant with a Professor and/or Graduate students at the university in an area of interest for future full-time study. ENG4U, MCV4U, and HRE4M are the course options students may choose. Please note that ENG4U will have an AP (Advanced Placement) option that will enable successful students to write the AP Literature and Composition exam in May.
When choosing UCEP, also choose all the Grade 12 courses you will need to graduate and/or apply to university. The Grade 12 courses offered through UCEP will depend on applicant course requests. UCEP is offered only during first semester.


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COURSE NOTE: Access to Co-op is based on student readiness and program availability.
• Complete the Application Form, Parent Permission & Teacher Reference Forms.
• Students will be contacted by a Co-op teacher for an interview.
• Students are responsible for placement costs if applicable.
More information and forms at http://coop.wcdsb.ca/ Guidance & Co-op offices.
CREDIT: 2TYPE: UniversityGRADE: 12