|Co-op Office: 519-578-8330 ext. 5227|
|Co-op Coordinator: Robert Irwin|
Co-op Employers and Supervisors – Ministry of Labour : Safety Information
For Current Co-op Students
Addendum to the Work Education Form – for working outside of your contract hours
Log Sheet – Weekly Activity Report
Employability Skills – for Weekly Activity Report
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For New Students and Parents
What is Cooperative Education?
Co-operative Education (Co-op) is a structured experiential learning course allowing students to gain valuable work experience within local universities, businesses, industries, research facilities and/or community service organizations.
The course is designed to complement students’ personal strengths, interests and educational needs. Students participate in a workplace setting while exploring a possible career choice.
Our Employers for Semester 1 2016
How do I get enrolled in Co-op?
If you are 16 years of age and have earned 16 credits, talk to your guidance counsellor, your co-op teacher or go to the co-op office B219. Complete an application and wait to be interviewed for a spot in the morning or afternoon and semester 1 or 2 class.
Note: Military, Police, Fire Department, Health and Child Care placements will require additional qualifications and screening. This website will keep you up to date with information sessions and deadlines regarding admissions.
Where can I work?
The Waterloo Region District School Board offers its teachers a database of over 9,000 jobs that are available. Your co-op teacher will assist you in finding the right placement based on your skills, interests, experience and courses taken at Cameron Heights.
What other benefits does Co-op offer?
The student participates in 3 components of the course:
Students with a minimum of 16 credits are encouraged to apply to the Co-operative Education program. Co-op provides students with the opportunity to:
The Ministry of Education endorses co-operative education as an integral part of any high school program. Up to two credits in co-operative education can count towards the 18 compulsory credits needed to earn a high school diploma.
Students in a co-operative education course have the opportunity to:
Co-operative Education allows you to:
Co-Op Program Outline
The Co-op Program is divided into 3 components:
The Pre-Placement Component
All Co-operative Education students participate in a pre-placement session of approximately 20 – 30 hours that emphasizes skills necessary to succeed in a competitive interview process and to begin a new job. The pre-placement component has students in the classroom each day for 2 full periods for approximately 3-4 weeks (depending on when the student finds a placement). Topics covered in pre-employment include:
The Work Placement Component
It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that the total number of co-op hours (minimum of 180 hours) is attained and to complete the contract according to the date written on the work education agreement. Students usually spend half days (a.m. or p.m.) at the work placement for the semester. This scheduling is dependent on their in-school timetable. In most situations, the students will spend a minimum of 3 – 3.5 hours per day in their work placements. Each employer will receive a calendar outlining in-school days, school holidays and work schedule.
In order to provide the student and the employer with the best possible Co-op experience, a personalized learning plan will be developed by the teacher, the student, and the employer. The plan will outline the work skills, specific tasks, and responsibilities of the student while at the work placement. This plan will be begun by the third week of work placement.
The Co-op teacher will be responsible for monitoring the student at the work placement a minimum of 3 times per credit over the course of the placement. Employers will also complete an evaluation of the initial interview as well as performance appraisals over the work term. Students must complete time sheets and journals every week and return them to the Co-op teacher at the designated location by the designated time.
The Integration Component
While at their workplaces, students will return to the classroom one-half day approximately every week to participate in integration activities. The purpose of integration is to ensure the student is reflecting on a number of issues related to the co-op placement and the experience, and to provide the student with some on-going support and the ability to network and share their experiences with their peers. Topics will include:
In-school Related Responsibilities:
Out-of-school Related Responsibilities:
Before students start their placements, they will sign a Work Education Agreement Form, which will outline their responsibilities. These include:
When employers agree to accept co-op students at the workplace, they accept several responsibilities. These include:
Classroom Policies Regarding the Use of Electronics:
Cell Phones, Personal Electronic Devices: Cell phones and personal electronic devices must be turned off. You are responsible for adhering to the instructions provided by your teacher. You will be asked to report to the office and leave the electronic device with the school’s administration team (secretary or a vice-principal). A signed permission form must accompany your return to class.
Computer Usage During Scheduled Classes: Studies and feedback have identified that instant messaging, (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), e-chats, checking personal email, surfing, shopping, gaming activities, etc., distract other students and detract from learning. These activities and the personal use of computers are not allowed during class time. Students involved in this behaviour during a class will be required to leave the room and report to the office. A signed permission form must accompany your return to class.
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