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Co-operative Education

Five students posing with projects they made

ADHS Co-operative Education students, from left, Cody Moore T. Murdock Construction, Mitchell Vermette Arnprior Chrysler, Brittany Hill Gillies Grove Animal Hospital, Tara Campbell Beauty Boutique and Day Spa and Stephanie Hicks Sandy's Hair Salon show off their projects following the 2011-2012 ADHS co-op program.

Co -operative Education is a Ministry-approved program that allows students to earn secondary school credits with practical experience in the workplace. Partnerships between educators and businesses provide students with training and work experience.

Students who are heading for university, college, apprenticeship or the workplace typically enroll in co-op courses. They can apply two co-op credits towards their compulsory high school graduation requirements, with no limit on earning optional co-op credits. Co-op placements are arranged for students by their secondary school and must follow Ministry of Education policy and guidelines.

Key Benefits

With Co-operative Education courses, students have the opportunity to:

  • Experience hands-on learning ;
  • Try out different career options;
  • Apply their classroom learning;
  • Earn credits through workplace experience;
  • Develop workplace skills and habits; and
  • Gain valuable work experience that will help build a résumé for postsecondary programs and future employment.

For more information on Co-operative Education, students should contact their school's Guidance or Co-op Department.

Additional Resources

Ontario Ministry of Education Co-operative Education Fact Sheet (PDF, 577 kB)

Ministry of Education - Cooperative Education and Other Forms of Experiential Learning

Administrative Procedure 220 - Cooperative Education and Experiential Learning Programs (PDF, 14 kB)

Administrative Procedure 220 - Table A (PDF, 37 kB)