Summer Cooperative Education Information and Application

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What is Cooperative Education (Co-op)?

Co-op is a unique program that integrates academic study with practical workplace experience. Co-op gives students the opportunity to earn high school credits toward their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). The program is a partnership among the student, the school, the teacher and the employer.

How does a summer Co-op placement work?

Students work at a placement during the month of July. The timelines for the Co-op program will be confirmed by a Cooperative Education teacher. Each student will have a Learning Plan outlining the demonstrations of learning at the placement. While students spend most of their time at the workplace, they do participate in classroom sessions with their Co-op teacher and Co-op students.

Summer school Co-op information:

  • In-Class sessions BEFORE the start of the work placement:
          June  25, 26, 27
          4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
          Students will be contacted regarding the location of classes.
  • Class sessions AFTER the work placement begins:
           The Cooperative Education teacher will provide dates for classes.
  • Class Locations:
           Fr. L.J. Austin CSS - 1020 Dryden Boulevard, Whitby
           Msgr. Paul Dwyer CHS - 700 Stevenson Rd. N., Oshawa
  • Work Placement
          July 3 - 26
          *The hours of work at the placement will vary depending on the number of credits a student is earning.

Applying for Co-op:

  1. Durham Catholic DSB students - visit your school's guidance office to pick up a summer school registration form and
        a co-op application form.  ** Both the summer school registration form and co-op application must be submitted together.
  2. Non Durham Catholic DSB students - Apply online
        ** Please note that the summer school application is online, but the co-op application (to be completed separately) 
            is available HERE  or you may be able to obtain a copy from your school's guidance office.

Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) coverage:

Unpaid Co-op students are covered through a policy taken out by the Ministry of Education. For this coverage to be in place, the Work Education Agreement (WEA) form must be signed by all parties before the student begins work. Student Accident Insurance is also available to all students, but such insurance is optional and is paid for by the student.

When is the summer Co-op student monitored by the teacher?

The Co-op teacher monitors the student's progress regularly throughout the training period. The goal is to ensure that a mutually beneficial partnership is maintained between the workplace supervisor, the teacher and the student.

How is student attendance monitored? 

Summer Co-op students are responsible for calling the workplace supervisor and the Co-op teacher if they will be late or absent from the workplace. The teacher maintains records along with the weekly student logs. If the student is frequently absent or late, the workplace supervisor should remind the student of the company's policy and discuss the situation with the Co-op teacher. The student may not be able to participate in a placement experience, if satisfactory improvement is not demonstrated.

What hours does the summer student work?

The Cooperative Education teacher will provide a calendar that outlines the specific days and hours that students can work. Most students in a summer Co-op program work a full day to earn two Cooperative Education credits. Once the placement begins, students should not work after the times specified on the Work Education Agreement (WEA) form. If students are employed after their Co-op work placement hours and they are being paid, the employer will be responsible for the WSIB coverage during those hours. The Ministry of Education provides WSIB coverage for students in unpaid Co-op placements for the hours specified in the Work Education Agreement (WEA) form.

Contact us

For questions about the summer Co-op program, call our Oshawa Campus at 905-438-0570.

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