Co-operative Education - What is it?

Check out this YouTube video about Co-op in Nova Scotia - click here

  • In-school component
    • Career exploration, self evaluation, and goal setting
    • Resumes, cover letters, and interview techniques
    • Workplace practices and workplace health and safety
  • Co-op placement
    • 80 hours - can be completed during the school day, in the evenings, weekends, PD days, and/or holidays, depending on the placement

Why take co-op?

  • Real world experience
  • Learn about different careers so you can decide what is right for you
  • Contacts in the working world
  • Available for students entering the workforce, going to college and for those going to university.

Want to learn more about co-op?

Check out this video produced by Nova Scotia Education Learning Resources and Technology Services: Co-op Education: The Community is Your Classroom

How do you sign up for co-op?

  • You must be 16 or older in September
  • Select Co-op 12 during course selection
  • Co-op requires an application, community and teacher references, plus an interview
    • Application forms are available online (see below), from Ms. Farrell, the school counsellors, and in the main office.
    • Interviews will be scheduled after applications have been received.

Co-operative Education is a program that allows students to earn high school credits through completing an experiential work placement in the community. The course allows students to participate in educational and career planning that helps prepare the student for the next pathway in his or her life. Students in this course must be self-motivated, mature and organized. They must be at least 16 years of age, have access to transportation to get to and from their work placement, and must go through an interview as part of the selection process for the program.

Co-operative Education enables the student to explore a career area, gain valuable knowledge and experience and develop necessary employment skills and attitudes while earning a high school credit recognized by some post-secondary institutions. Students should check with the university of their choice to ensure that the Co-operative Education credit will be used in an admission average.

To complete your co-op application, download the application, the teacher reference, and the community reference. Open the application in Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat (or other programs for PDF). Fill out the information and save the changes. Email the completed application to: [email protected] . Ask the people you are using as references to do the same with the teacher reference and the community reference. If you are unable to complete the application electronically, you can still apply for co-op, email [email protected] for more information.

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