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Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education

August 27, 2020

Co-operative Education is a learning partnership that provides students with valuable work experience while they are earning credits towards their graduation diploma.

Type of Experiential Learning: Work-Integrated Learning

What does it look like?

Cooperative Education is a learning partnership that provides students with valuable work experience while they are earning credits towards their graduation diploma. The Cooperative Education program involves both a classroom component and a work placement component.

Benefits

Students and Families

  • Expands experience, skills, and contacts relating to a career or employment opportunity
  • Allows you to clarify interests, preferences, or passions

Employers and Community

  • Develops experience that is applicable to community or work setting
  • Promotes youth engagement and profile of community placement or employer as progressive and supportive
  • Develops future talent and potential employees

Educators

  • Can complement school-related outcomes in areas such as curriculum, social/emotional development, and mental health
  • May link directly to curricular learning outcomes

Considerations

Students and Families

  • May allow for expansion of personal interest into a career, volunteer, or employment opportunity
  • May be particularly engaging for those with a preference for direct, hands-on experiences and skill development

Employers and Community

  • Cooperative education partners will need to be aware of requirements and protocols for engaging with students and liaison with educational staff

Educators

-Allows for close work with other partners/students to identify engaging, relevant learning opportunities that relate to student areas of interest and encourage personal/professional development and opportunities

Ontario Ministry of Education

WRDSB Cooperative Learning Education

WRDSB Schools

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