Cooperative Education is a program that gives grade 11 and 12 students an opportunity to develop their interpersonal and job readiness skills. Students increase their knowledge on specific careers related to courses they are currently taking or previously completed. A combination of in-school theory and practical, hands-on experience in the community allows students the opportunity to adequately prepare for the workforce. Cooperative education programs are available in all of the school’s subject areas. Any decision regarding police checks, medical tests and immunization is the responsibility of the student and parent.
Cooperative education courses can be selected in either a 2-credit or 4-credit package, depending upon the individual student’s timetable and the type of placement and experience desired.Interested students must complete an application form and be interviewed for suitability to the program and placement selection.
The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is for students planning a career in a skilled trade. Students enrolled in Cooperative Education and placed in apprentice-eligible work placements will participate in OYAP.
COPE is an alternative program for students working towards a secondary school diploma off-site. COPE students also work in cooperative education placements. These students must be recommended to the program by a school administrator and should be at least 16 years of age.
COPE is available at every secondary school in the Avon Maitland District School Board. For more information please visit our Student Success Website