Co-operative Education

Danforth Cooperative Education – “We Learn By Doing”

Cooperative Education (Coop) is a unique program for students who have 16 credits, and are 16 years of age or older. The program combines theory learned in a classroom with practical workplace experience. Students can work 3 hours per day (earn 2 credits), or 6 hours per day (earn 4 credits), in a variety of placements outside the school that are linked to subjects the student has taken, or is currently taking. Course assignments are designed to develop the student’s workplace abilities and to assist with career decisions.

There is an opportunity for students to be enrolled in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP), if this type of post-secondary study is what the student desires. As an OYAP student the individual is signed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), in hopes of becoming a full apprentice once their Ontario Secondary School Diploma is achieved.

The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program in Hospitality and Tourism is also affiliated with Coop. Along with all the extra courses, fieldtrips and training opportunities; SHSM students complete a Coop course at a workplace suited to their strengths and needs.

Additionally, there is an opportunity for students to attend college courses one afternoon a week and work the other four afternoons at their Coop placement. They will be earning both high school and college credits (DUAL Credit Program) if successful in both Coop and college program. A total of 6 high school credits and 2 college credits can be earned from the Dual Credit Program.

“By taking Coop at Danforth I have had the chance to try out a career I was always curious about. It also improved my confidence, strengthened my resume, helped me network with people in the industry, and gave me valuable work experience I will need leaving high school.” Danforth Coop Student

If you haven’t taken Coop yet, why not? Drop by and see a Coop teacher in B32 to start learning by doing.