What is Co-operative Education?
Co-operative Education is a program which alternates periods of academic study with periods of work experience in appropriate fields of business, industry, government, social services and the professions in accordance with the following criteria:
- each work situation is developed and/or approved by the co-operative educational institution as a suitable learning situation;
- the co-operative student is engaged in productive work rather than merely observing;
- the co-operative student receives remuneration for the work performed;
- the co-operative student's progress on the job is monitored by the co-operative educational institution;
- the co-operative student's performance on the job is supervised and evaluated by the student's co-operative employer;
- the time spent in periods of work experience must be at least thirty per cent of the time spent in academic study.
- Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE)
Why Co-operative Education (Co-op)?
Students say ...
- "Co-op has been a great learning experience from the first day on the job!”
- "My co-op work term is the best learning experience I've ever had.”
- “Participating in a co-op has allowed me to see beyond the classroom to develop practical skills on the job.”
- “Co-op has given me the experience, confidence and contacts to be employable post graduation."
- “One of the best decisions I have ever made!"
- Skilled, motivated temporary staff
- Projects completed at reduced salaries
- A trained pool for future hires
- Enhanced corporate profile on campus
- Opportunity to actively engage with the student learning process
- Real life learning experiences
- Application of classroom learning to the workplace
Enhanced Career Prospects
- Sample a career path
- Gain experience of workplace culture
- Develop interpersonal and team skills
- Identify contacts and references for future job searching