What is Cooperative Education for High School Students?

The Cooperative education, or Co-op, program provides Grade 11 and 12 students with the opportunity to earn High School credits through the completion of a semester-long unpaid work placement.

Co-op programs are designed to meet your individual needs, strengths, interests, and learning styles, preparing you with the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to be successful in the future.

The Co-op Education Program Includes:

  • A work placement
  • A Co-op teacher supervisor
  • A related High School course

Who Can Participate in a Co-op?

The Cooperative Education program is available to all Grade 11 and 12 students.

Do Co-op Placements have Fees?

Participating in a Co-op program is free. However, you will not be paid for the work you complete. You will receive academic credit for the placement. Depending on the location of you Co-op, you may have to budget for travel costs.

What are the Benefits of the Co-op Program for Students?

Through Co-op you will have the opportunity to:

  • Pursue a work placement in a field of interest
  • Use knowledge and skills from your classroom in the workplace
  • Earn high school credits through work experience
  • Try out different career options
  • Earn valuable work experience for your resume
  • Make connections with employers
  • Learn new practical skills
  • Build your resume for University/College applications

Selecting a Co-op Placement:

When searching for a work placement, it is important that you search in a field that interests you. Your placement should give you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience, develop essential skills, and make meaningful connections.

Interested in Co-op at Your High School?

All Ontario school boards offer the Cooperative Education program. Any Grade 11 and 12 student interested in a Co-op can contact their high school’s principal, guidance counsellor or Co-op department. You can also contact the Student Success Leader in your school board.