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What is Cooperative Education?


Cooperative Education and Experiential Learning programs at Bradford District High School offer students an excellent way of expanding their interests and exploring their career options. By integrating classroom learning with practical experience in the  workplace students are better prepared to make the transition from high school to work, apprenticeship programs, college and/or university.


What are the benefits of enrolling in Cooperative Education?


- explore potential careers

- gain practical experience in a realistic work setting

- ease the transition from school to work or post-secondary education

- develop responsibility, knowledge, and skills necessary for successful transition to work or post-secondary education

- gain self confidence about their ability to function in an adult world

- obtain references and contacts necessary in securing future employment.


Why take co-op?


Test-drive a career:

Do the job and get a chance to see if your career choice is really what you want before choosing your postsecondary destination.

Build your skills:

Work one-on-one with a co-worker in a program designed to meet your interests, needs, and strengths.

Get hands-on work experience:

Overcome the problem of "no job without experience and no experience without a job". Put real work experience on your résumé.

How does Cooperative Education work?


Students complete their regular academic subjects in the usual manner. In addition, they also participate throughout the semester in practical “hands-on” learning at designated work placements in the community in order to obtain their course credits in cooperative education. Regularly scheduled in-school integration sessions provide students with an opportunity to link what is being taught in school with what is being learned at the worksite.


Where will I work?


Just about any occupation in the Bradford Area has the potential of being a placement. The co-op teachers at B.D.H.S. will find training stations acceptable to the students, parents, and the school. It is our goal at B.D.H.S. to place students in a work environment that will permit them the opportunity to ascertain knowledge. It is our hope that each student will gain a stronger understanding of their wants, needs, and strengths through their co-op placement.


Am I able to enroll in Cooperative Education in Grade 9?


Unfortunately, cooperative education and experiential learning is designed for senior students (Grades 11 to 12).


If I enroll in 2 credit co-op how many work hours do I need to complete each week?


Students receive high school credits for the number of hours that are completed at the work site and in-school integration sessions. The student must complete 110 hours to achieve one coop credit. Therefore, to obtain 2 credits, the student must complete a combined total of 220 hours of onsite work and scheduled integration sessions. This translates to 12.5 hours of work per week. Four credit co-op students require a minimum of 25 hours of work per week to a total of 440 combined hours (as listed above).


How will co-op help me in the future?


Experiential learning programs at Bradford District High School prepare students for their future by constructing skills such as:


- communicating with others

- taking responsibility for their work

- being flexible and showing respect

- working in a safe environment


All of these skills and many more will be learned throughout the process of the co-op program. Experiential learning is a fantastic means in which to acquire marketable skills for the work world.


How Does Cooperative Education Help Students Meet Diploma Requirements?


Cooperative education credits may be used to meet up to two of the 18 compulsory credit requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (O.S.S.D.).


Students must also earn 12 optional credits for the O.S.S.D. There is no limit on the number of optional credits that may be earned through cooperative education courses.


Under the ministry-approved framework for the new Specialist High Skills Major (S.H.S.M.) designation within the O.S.S.D., students must earn a minimum of two cooperative education credits as one of the five required components of a S.H.S.M. Cooperative education credits are also a required component of other specialized programs, such as school-to-work and school-to-apprenticeship (O.Y.A.P.) programs.


What is the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (O.Y.A.P.)?


The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program is available to all full-time students who are at least 16 years old and have 16 high school credits. Students must be taking cooperative education and may be registered as an apprentice to their employer with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. All of the hours they work in co-op and any part-time work may then be credited towards their apprenticeship. Students are also placed on the trade school waiting list at the time of their registration. The Simcoe County District School Board registered 92 students as apprentices in 2008-09.


How does the O.Y.A.P. benefit students?


By participating in O.Y.A.P., students:

- gain on-the-job training and experience in an apprenticeship in a skilled trade while earning credits towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (O.S.S.D.);

- accumulate workplace hours that count towards both secondary school co-op credits and the requirements of an apprenticeship program;

- may have an opportunity to receive Level 1 apprenticeship in-school training or be eligible to write an exemption test for Level 1;

- if enrolled in a ministry-approved dual credit program, may earn optional credits towards their OSSD for Level 1 apprenticeship in-school training.

For more information on O.Y.A.P. please visit, visit the cooperative education department, or click here for the new informative brochure.


Last Updated (Tuesday, 11 August 2009 20:59)

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