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Co-operative Education

Co-operative education is a planned learning experience in the community for which students earn credits. The work placement enables students to earn credits by integrating classroom theory with learning experiences at the work site. The placements enable students to apply and extend their knowledge and to practice and refine the skills acquired in related courses.

Co-operative education involves partnerships with the community. The collaboration of students, teachers, parents and placement supervisors is required for the development of Student's Cooperative Education Learning Plan. Students are monitored by teachers and are supported in their learning by the placement supervisor and Co-operative education teachers.

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Mr. Jim Armstrong (OCT 473341) jarmstrong@scdsb.on.ca

Department Chair – Co-operative Education

Post-Secondary Experience: Georgian College, Barrie –Electronic Engineering Technology, Completed Industrial Electrician Apprenticeship – Licensed Industrial Electrician, University of Toronto Faculty of Education – Diploma in Technological Education

Teaching Experience: Penetanguishene Secondary School 2004-2016, Georgian Bay District Secondary School 2016 to present.

Professional Experience: Employed for 15 years prior to a career change to teaching. Employed in the North American Automotive Industry in various Engineering capacities, mostly in assembly line and factory automation implementation from concept to production.




Mr. Rob Wickett (OCT 281184) rwickett@scdsb.on.ca
Cooperative Education Teacher

Post-Secondary Experience: Honours Bachelor of Arts: Wilfrid Laurier University 1995
Major Geography, Minor History, Bachelor of Education University of Strathclyde (Scotland) 1996, Intermediate Senior Qualification

Additional Teaching Qualifications: Special Education Part 1 - Learning Disabilities
Honours Specialist Geography, Cooperative Education Part 1


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CREDIT BREAKDOWN - 2 & 4 CREDIT CO-OPERATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM:

2 Credit Program: Pre-placement & integration learning plus a co-op placement.  These credits will be related to one previously earned high school credit or the stand alone DCO3O Co-op course.

You will select the GLN4O2 holding code at the time for course selection and will have the appropriate course selected at the start of the semester.


4 Credit Program:  Pre-placement & integration learning plus a co-op placement.  These credits will be related to two previously earned high school credits. One of which can be the stand alone DCO3O Co-op course.

You will select the GLN4O4 holding code at the time for course selection and will have the appropriate course selected at the start of the semester.

For example:  A placement working as a legal assistant in the 2 credit program could be related to Grade 11 Law - CLU3M0.  You would earn two Co-op credits in CLU3MC.  In the 4 credit program the placement would be related to an additional credit such as ENG 3CO.  The student would earn an additional 2 Co-op credits in ENG 3CC for a total of 4 credits.

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PRE-PLACEMENT DAYS:

Before a student can begin working at a placement pre-placement instruction must take place. Students must complete assignments covering the following workplace related topics: resume and cover letter writing, applications, interview skills, health and safety, the employment standards act, human rights legislation, unions etc.  Students must successfully complete the pre-placement portion of the course to be eligible to start a Co-op placement.

 

PLACEMENT DAYS:

Over the course of the semester the student will attend their placement on the days outlined in a calendar that will be provided to them.  Regular attendance and punctuality is a mandatory component of successfully completing the program.

 

INTEGRATION DAYS:

Students must complete integration hours over the course of the semester.  This is a classroom component of the course that is run during in-school sessions throughout the semester as per the calendar provided.  Students will get the opportunity to relate their placement experience to the curriculum expectations, reflect on placement experiences, and reinforce the job-skills theory acquired in the classroom.