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COOPERATIVE EDUCATION AND OTHER FORMS OF EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

 

 

School Cooperative Education Department Head and Cooperative Education Staff -

Mr. Steven DiGiacomo

 

All forms of Experiential learning are a valuable complement to your academic experiences in high school.  Regardless of your post-secondary destination, experiential learning builds insight into the realities of post-secondary career and educational opportunities.

 

Experiential learning includes school-based activities like guest-speakers and career fairs to community-based activities such as industry tours, job shadowing and Cooperative Education programs.

 

Experiential learning activities can be a component of any course of any destination.  The aim of these activities is to enhance your high school experience by meeting life and career development needs.  These experiences assist you in exploring and preparing for future careers and in making a successful transition to post-secondary education, apprenticeship, or the work place.

 

The activities and programs offer you opportunities to

  • engage in new ways in a secondary program
  • discover your strengths and gifts and talents
  • explore possibilities in career fields
  • apply knowledge in community settings
  • make community connections
  • demonstrate curriculum expectations while earning credits in community placements
  • prepare more fully for post-secondary destinations

 

Each form of experiential learning varies in length and purpose.  Experiential learning provides the opportunity to develop Christian values and practice proper ethics in the world of work.   You can take advantage of many of the experiential learning opportunities listed below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Experiential Mode

Duration

Descriptions

Career Info Sessions and Career Day/Events

1 period to 1 day

Classroom speakers/school- or department-based career-awareness events

Community Tours

1 period to 1 day

Workplace and community site tours

Project-based Learning

Variable time

Collaborate with community partners to work on workplace or community organization situations

Job Shadowing

½ to 1 day

One-on-one observation of an employee at an  organization

Job Twinning

½ to 1 day

One-on-one observation of a Co-operative Education student at a placement

Work Experience and Virtual Work Experience

1 to 4 weeks

A planned learning opportunity (within a credit course) that integrates classroom theory and learning experiences at a workplace

Cooperative Education

1 or 2 or 3 or 4 periods in a semester

A learning experience for which credits are earned by integrating classroom theory and learning experience with a community placement

 

 

Cooperative Education is a planned learning experience. 

·         You earn credits towards an OSSD.

·         A maximum of two compulsory credit requirements for groups 1, 2, and 3 may be   met with credits earned through Cooperative Education.  Note that 2 credits earned through Cooperative Education are part of any Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program.

·         You are able to apply, expand, and refine knowledge and skills acquired through a related curriculum course.

·         Cooperative Education is most often offered in Grade Eleven and Twelve. Courses completed successfully or taken in the same semester as Coop can be linked to Cooperative Education experiences. 

·         Coop can be part of both your Grade 11 and Grade 12 pathway.

 

Application Process for Cooperative Education

Investigating Coop engages you, your parents/guardians, and your teachers in exploring educational pathways. Applications are available in the Cooperative Education or Guidance offices.  An interview is required as part of the application process.

Course Selection Instructions: 

 

Use the following codes as the FIRST entry on your course selection form to indicate a desire to participate in a Cooperative Education experience: 


2 credit co-op = COOPHD

3 credit co-op = COOPTD

          4 credit co-op = COOPFD

 

A Cooperative Education experience includes

  • A personalized placement learning plan (PPLP) based on  related course expectations
  • Credit delivery (1, 2, 3, or 4 credits in a semester)
  • Pre-placement instruction and orientation (including health and safety preparation)
  • Regular monitoring at the Co-op placement by the Cooperative Education teacher
  • Reflective/integration learning classes
  • Student assessment and evaluation

 

 

Here is a sample pathway chart+ that includes Cooperative Education (credit earning) and *other forms of experiential learning (non-credit).  (+ not specific to any destination)

 

 

Grade 9                                   Grade 9

Grade 10

Gr                                        Grade 11

Gra                                      Grade 12

Religion

Religion

Religion

Religion

English

English

English

English

Math

Math

Math

Math (Elective)

Science

Science

Group 1 or 2 or 3

Elective Course

French

Career Ed/Civics

Group 1 or 2 or 3

Elective Course

Geography

History

Elective Course

Elective Course

Arts or Business or Phys Ed or Tech

Arts or Business or Phys Ed or Tech

Elective Course

Elective Course

Arts or Business or Phys Ed or Tech

Arts or Business or Phys Ed or Tech

Courses could include Cooperative Education

Courses could include Cooperative Education

*Job Shadowing –(Take Our Kids To Work Day)

*Job Shadowing

*Job Twinning

*Site visits

*Job Shadowing

*Job Twinning

*Work Experience

*Job Shadowing

*Work Experience

*Mentoring

 

ONTARIO YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM (OYAP)

 

Here are three ways that programs offered by the YCDSB can be related to the OYAP program OR can prepare a student for an apprenticeship pathway:

  1. Accelerated Programs within one semester you may complete Level One or partial Level One in-school apprenticeship schooling at an accredited college or union training site along with a Cooperative Education placement. Prior to Level One training in the Accelerated programs, (see Accelerated programs descriptions) you must formally register as an apprenticeship.

 

  1. Community Partnership programs offer a “classroom” outside a home school. A student has the opportunity during or after the semester to be involved in a Cooperative Education experience that may involve skilled trades.

 

  1. School-based OYAP is related to the Technological Studies and/or academic courses taken in high school classes followed by Cooperative Education that is offered in skilled trade placements.

 

SPECIALIZED COOPERATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAMS

 

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program is a specialized program that enables students who are 16 years of age or older to meet diploma requirements while participating in an occupation that requires apprenticeship training.

Students participating in OYAP 

1.            must have completed sixteen credits towards their OSSD prior to starting the program

2.            must be enrolled as full time students

3.            are required to complete all OSSD compulsory credits.

 

Students earn credits through the Cooperative Education Program and may or may not be formally registered as an apprentice while attending secondary school. The OYAP program provides opportunities in both regulated and non-regulated trades. Students should see a guidance counselor/Cooperative Education teacher

1.            for trade-specific requirements and programming options

2.            for further information on program delivery and procedures for applying

 

Accelerated Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

The Accelerated OYAP program provides you with the opportunity to extend the OYAP experience by

1.           possibly earning additional  high school credits

2.           registering as an apprentice

3.           completing part or all of their Level One apprenticeship schooling in a specific trade

4.           earning hours/demonstrating competencies towards an apprenticeship

 

Note:  You must be enrolled in a full day, Semester Two Cooperative Education program to be eligible.

 

Accelerated/Dual Credit Apprenticeship Program

 

You may concurrently earn additional high school credit(s), beyond credits earned for coop, through this dual-credit opportunity.  Accelerated Dual-credit apprenticeship programs include:

 

1.           Automotive Service Technician

2.           Cook, Branch 2

3.           Child Development Practitioner

4.           Electrician: Construction and Maintenance

5.           Plumber

6.           Carpenter

7.           Residential Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic

 

Note: You must be enrolled in a full day, Semester Two Cooperative Education program in your final year of high school to be eligible.  Dual credit programs are subject to full disclosure.

 

 

 

ACCELERATED PROGRAMS

Note: For all the Accelerated programs listed below –

1.      Acceptance depends upon the recommendation of the home school, academic competence, and the screening process involving training delivery agents, employers, school board reps, and at times the Local Apprenticeship Committee (LAC)

2.      Successful candidates will be registered as apprentices.

3.      These programs are for students who will graduate at the end of the Accelerated experience.

 

        

Note:  For further information please consult Guidance and Coop teachers regarding the Accelerated flyers and Accelerated Information sheets available for each program and attend the Open House events that are scheduled for each program.

 

Automotive Service Technician (OYAP) at Centennial College – Ashtonbee Campus                                                                                       Up to 4-Credit Coop

Semester 2                   and Level 1 Auto Service Technician Apprentice In-school

Complete your high school while apprenticing as an Automotive Service Technician through Centennial College.  Successful candidates will attend Centennial College, Ashtonbee Campus and complete the Level One in-school apprenticeship course and participate in Co-op/OYAP in a placement in the transportation field and may earn additional high school credits(s) through this dual-credit opportunity. 

 

Cook (OYAP) at Humber College – North Campus                    Up to 4-Credit Coop

Semester 2                                          and Partial Level 1 Cook Apprentice In-school

Complete your high school while apprenticing as a Cook through Humber College.  Successful candidates will attend Humber College during Semester 2 and will complete modules of the Level One in-school apprenticeship course and participate in Co-op/OYAP in the hospitality industry and may earn additional high school credits(s) through this dual-credit opportunity. 

 

Child Development Practitioner (OYAP) at Seneca College                                                                                         Up to 4-Credit Coop

Semester 2                                              and 3 Credits of  CDP Apprentice In-school Complete your high school while apprenticing as an Child Development Practitioner through Seneca College.  Successful candidates will attend Seneca College one day a week during Semester 2.  While at Seneca College, students will complete the following modules: Child Development 1, Pre-school Learning Environments, Pre-school Learning Environments Practicum. You will participate in a Co-op/OYAP placement and may earn additional high school credits(s) through this dual-credit opportunity.

 

Electrician (OYAP) at Humber College – North Campus                                                                                           Up to 4-Credit Coop

Semester 2                                              and Level 1 Electrician Apprentice In-school

Complete your high school while apprenticing as an Electrician through Humber College.  You will attend Humber College North and complete the Level One in-school apprenticeship course and participate in Co-op/OYAP in a placement in the electrical industry.  You may earn additional high school credits(s) through this dual-credit opportunity.  

 

General Carpenter (OYAP) at  Carpenters’ Local Union 27 Training Centre                                                                                     Up to 4-Credit Co-op

Semester 2                             and Level 1 General Carpenter Apprentice In-school                                                                                                                                                      

Complete your high school credits while apprenticing as a General Carpenter. Students will complete the Level One in-school apprenticeship course at the Local 27 training centre followed by a Co-op/OYAP experience on a construction site. Upon graduation, students can continue to work as full-time apprentices.

 

Plumber (OYAP) at                                                                      Up to 4-Credit Coop

Humber College - North Campus           and Level 1 Plumber Apprentice In-school

Semester 2

Complete your high school while apprenticing as a Plumber through Humber College.  You will attend Humber College where you will complete the Level One in-school apprenticeship course and participate in Co-op/OYAP in a plumbing placement and may earn additional high school credits(s) through this dual-credit opportunity.  

 

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic(OYAP)                                                                                        Up to 4-Credit Coop

at George Brown College- Casa Loma Campus       and Level 1 Refrigeration AC SM Apprentice In-school

Semester 2

Complete your high school while apprenticing as a Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic at George Brown College.  While at George Brown College, you will complete the Level One in-school apprenticeship course and participate in a Co-op/OYAP placement and may earn additional high school credits(s) through this dual-credit opportunity.

 

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMS (at Off-site Locations)

 

NEW! Computer Numerical Control (CNC) – Precision Machining at Seneca College–Jane Campus                                                                 3 Credits of TMJ4C2

Semester 2 (Open to Grade 11 and 12 Students)    

This three (3) credit half-day course will be offered afternoons at the Seneca College Centre for Advanced Technologies during Semester 2.  You travel daily to Seneca to be involved in the high tech world of computerized fabrication and will explore careers in the prototype development industry. You may earn one Seneca College credit (CNC10) in the Manufacturing and Machining Techniques program and one college credit in Blue Print Reading (BRP100). Seneca will provide access to a top-student scholarship. This program could lead to apprenticeship, college or university destinations. Interested students must attend the open house in May for more details about this exciting opportunity.  See your coop teacher for more information.

 

Riviera Parque-Hospitality and Tourism                                       1 credit of BDV4C1

Semester 1 (Open to Grade 11 or 12 Students)                             plus 3-Credit Coop

You will use a case study approach related to the Hospitality/Culinary industry within the environment of the Riviera Parque Banquet/Convention Centre, Woodbridge.  Coop preplacement (Week 1 of the semester) and BDV4C1 course work (every Monday of the semester) delivered at St. Jean de Brebeuf CHS, Vaughan.  The Cooperative Education placement will be at Riviera Parque Tuesday to Friday - weekly.  Students will be exposed to experiential learning in both the culinary and business administration fields.  This program will include industry certifications such as Smartserve, WHMIS, CPR and First Aid.