There are many ways to journey toward work. The journey involves the transition from grade-to-grade and to life after high school to one of the post-secondary destinations of: Apprenticeship, College, Community Living, University or the Workplace.
A "pathway" refers to the individual journey that each student will take that includes experiential learning, school and community supports, courses and programs that will help lead to a successful transition to a post-secondary destination.
Students are life-long learners. The idea of planning a pathway toward an educational goal should be focused, yet flexible. Educational goals can change over time. The ultimate goal of a student is to find and enjoy meaningful work.
As a Catholic learning community, we are committed to helping our students develop skills and work habits which will help them throughout their educational journeys in preparation for post-secondary education, community living and the workplace. Based on the seven guiding principles of our Catholic Graduate Expectations, these specialized program pathways provide opportunities for students to become effective communicators, lifelong learners and collaborative contributors in our global community.
A Cooperative Education program allows students to participate in valuable learning experiences that help prepare them for the next stage of their lives to help students develop a plan that will ultimately assist them in achieving their academic and experiential learning goals.
Cooperative education is a program that allows students to earn secondary school credits while completing a work placement in the community. Through Cooperative Education, students are given an opportunity to apply concepts and expectations of specific school subjects during a work placement. There is a classroom component and a placement component. Pre-placement classroom sessions will include health and safety training, review of job search skills, confidentiality, work ethics, the role of unions and a Personalized Placement Learning Plan for each student. Students return to school on specified dates for reflective learning activities related to their workplace experiences. Together the classroom and the work placement provide students with:
Cooperative education gives students the opportunity to:
Cooperative Education is a credit granting program of 2 or 4 credits. The number of credits depends on the length of the experience in the program:
Cooperative education credits may be used to meet up to two of the 18 compulsory credit requirements for an OSSD. Students may also earn optional credits for the OSSD through cooperative education courses.
Evaluation is based on personal management skills, class and workplace participation, career and workplace research, daily log sheets, reflective journals, teacher and workplace supervisor performance appraisals and demonstrations of subject expectations.
Under the ministry-approved framework for the new Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) designation within the OSSD, students must earn a minimum of two cooperative education credits as one of the five required components of a SHSM. Cooperative education credits are also a required component of other specialized programs, such as school-to-work and school-to-apprenticeship (OYAP) programs.
The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a school-to-work program that opens the door for students to explore and work in apprenticeship occupations starting in Grade 11 or Grade 12 through the Cooperative Education program. Students have an opportunity to become registered apprentices and work towards becoming certified journeypersons in a skilled trade while completing their secondary school diplomas.
An OYAP accelerated program offers a student the opportunity to earn high school credits, college credits, register as an apprentice, complete part or all of Level One apprenticeship schooling in a specific trade, and earn hours towards his or her apprenticeship training. Prior to being registered as an apprentice, students will participate in specific trade related Cooperative Education work placements to determine their suitability for apprenticeship registration. Students qualify for Accelerated OYAP programs in their grade 12 year. This is an exit program. DCDSB offers the following centralized programs:
The admission requirements for OYAP are:
OYAP Application forms are processed through the St. Mary Cooperative Education office.
For further information:
A SHSM is a ministry-approved specialized program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements of an OSSD. One of the five required components of a SHSM is the earning of a minimum 2 cooperative education credits that provide authentic learning experiences in a workplace setting, enabling students to refine, extend, and practice sector-specific knowledge and skills.
St. Mary SHSM programs include:
SHSM Application forms are processed through their respective Teacher Coordinators.
For further information:
For information on Night School and Summer School Co-Op programs, please visit DCDSB Continuing Education
Night and Summer School Co-op Application forms are processed through Guidance (May/June for Summer School).
For more information, visit the Co-Op Office (Room 216) or speak to one of the Co-op/Work Experience Teachers.
|Mrs. M. Wilson-Clark||Cooperative Education||56033|
|Ms. N. Gallagher||Work Experience (Sem 2)||56040|
|Ms. B. Hunter||Cooperative Education (Sem 2)||56032|
|Ms. D. Rose||Cooperative Education & Work Experience (Sem 1)||42250|