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Cooperative Learning

What is it?   


Cooperative education and experiential learning programs such as job shadowing and industry tours offer students opportunities to expand their interests, explore their career options, and apply their learning.

Cooperative education is a planned learning experience in the community that complements and enhances what is being taught in school. It provides students with an opportunity to learn and to apply their skills and knowledge in a workplace situation.


Courses in various disciplines may be offered through the cooperative education program, which can benefit all students, whatever their post-secondary destination. Students receive credit based on evaluations of their performance in the work placement. The place of employment is decided upon mutually by the student and teacher. Students must spend a minimum of 100 hours in a work placement and ten hours in pre-employment activities to gain credit.

Students normally spend half of a school day at the placement and thus are eligible to earn two credits while some students may spend the entire school day at placement, earning up to five credits.

Students may also choose to participate in an Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP). A student 16 years old or older can work towards becoming an apprentice in the workplace while completing his or her high school diploma.


How Employers Can Get Involved 


Participation in a Co-operative Education program has many benefits for students and employers alike. For employers, the following are some of the benefits available to them as a result of their participation:

1) development and training of potential workers
2) gain added ideas and insights that students provide
3) added support provided by students for completion of a special project etc
4) share expertise with students
5) provide a valuable learning experience for students

Employers who wish to get involved or simply to get more information should contact the secondary school in their area

Sacred Heart High School
450 Robinson Street
Walkerton, ON
N0G 2V0
Contact: Guidance


St. Mary's High School
555 15th St E
Owen Sound, ON
N0G 2V0
Contact: Guidance -


Bruce Power Co-op Opportunities for High School


Bruce Power Co-op is a full semester on-site program at Bruce Power for senior secondary students. This four-credit program provides valuable experience, essential skills, and career exploration for students on a pathway to post-secondary apprenticeship, college, or university. 


The program offers a wide range of placements including business (accounting, communications, human resources, marketing, office administration), engineering, fire/emergency response, information technology, nuclear power careers, security, and skilled trades (electrical, mechanical, transportation).

A separate application (March deadline) and interview at Bruce Power are required. Program participation is also dependent upon Bruce Power security clearance. 


For more information contact:
 519-361-2673 extension 14669

Or the school Guidance/Co-op office