Co-operative Education

Co-op Student Success Story - Find Out What Co-op Can Do For You!

Co-op is Not Just a Class, It's a Jump Start to your Career

I did full day Co-op the first semester of grade 12 out of West Carleton Secondary School. I think co-op is a great idea for anyone wanting hands on experience in a job before they go to College for it. I knew I wanted to work in a trade but wasn't sure what kind. I ended up sending my resume into

Thomas Cavanagh Construction and McIntosh Perry Engineering. I accepted McIntosh Perry and worked for their Contract Administration & Inspection department. I worked on the 417 highway expansion as a Checker and Surveyors Assistant.

I signed up for co-op because I didn't know what I wanted to go to College for. So many teenagers know what field they want to go in but have no idea what job they want. For example, I wanted to get involved in the trades, but had 5 plus jobs that related to trades and I didn't know which one I wanted to do. Co-op helped me build my Career road, let me talk to people in my field and explore my Career and that made me confident in my

Career choice. I have learned so much more than any teacher could teach me in a semester. I thought I saw lots of the steps to road construction but I know there is so much more.

It's hard to believe that 5 months ago I didn't know what I wanted to do. At the end of the last school year when we were figuring out where we were going to be doing our co-op I was so unsure and was going to do it with a Electrician. I can't say enough good things about co-op. I applied for the Construction/Civil Engineering Course at Algonquin and McIntosh Perry offered me a summer job! I am hoping to get on with them full time doing design after finishing college.

Co-op is not just a High School Class, it's a Jump start to your Career!

Cameron Mulligan

For more information on Co-operative Education, please refer to the OCDSB Website on Co-operative Education.

West Carleton Co-op Program Recognized!

West Carleton Secondary School Co-Op Program

by Penny's Fudge Factory on Friday, January 13, 2012 at 9:42am

I had the distinct privilege, along with 4 other business owners, to sit on a panel discussion for the Co-Op Students at West Carleton Secondary School. The questions asked by the students were pertinent and relevant to the panelists' backgrounds. There was definitely interest in stepping up to that plate and doing their own thing as individual entrepreneurs. This gives us faith in that the future generation is indeed ready to step up to the plate and take over when we are ready to move on. Our most sincere best wishes to the Co-Op students of West Carleton Secondary School

Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education is a great way for students to ALL students to gain genuine work experience in their intended field of study following secondary school. Below are some concrete examples of how Co-op can help you.

  • University Applicants -

Upon application, many universities require a student to complete a ‘Personal Statement of Experience'. Here a student can illustrate the steps s/he have taken to set them apart from all other applicants.  Upon application, many universities require a student to complete a ‘Personal Statement of Experience'. Here a student can illustrate the steps s/he have taken to set them apart from all other applicants.

  • College Applicants -

Upon application, many colleges require students to complete an essay, test, questionnaire or portfolio. Here a student can illustrate the steps s/he have taken to set them apart from all other applicants.

  • Apprenticeships -

With more than 135 trades in the province of Ontario alone, the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (part of Cooperative Education) can assist students with their pathway while still in high school

  • General Work -

Cooperative Education can jump start your career in the general world of work gaining both experience and networking opportunities in a field of interest for you!

Dual Credit Program -

A relatively new initiative by the Ministry of Education whereby high school students are enrolled in apprenticeship training and/or post secondary courses at their local college (Algonquin). Upon successful completion of the college learning requirements, students earn credits towards both their high school diploma and their post secondary education.

This program is intended for students in grades 11 or 12 and who may be enrolled in cooperative education. For a brief overview of the program, Algonquin Partnerships has provided a short video. The potential Dual Credit course offerings may be seen using the link below.

Dual Credit Courses

For more information on Cooperative Education, OYAP, or Dual Credits, please speak to your Cooperative Education Teacher or Guidance Councilor and pick up your Co-op Application today!

Dual Credit Webinar 

We would like to invite any prospective Grade 11 or 12 college-bound students, and/or their parents/guardians to join us for a 
Dual Credit Program Information Webinar!

It is scheduled for 6:30-7:30pm on Wednesday October 27th.

Those interested do need to register in advance for this webinar via this link:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

There will be a 30 minute presentation, and 30 minutes available for questions.  We will be recording this session and releasing it afterwards for those who could not join us live.

The information in this webinar will be geared towards winter 2022 offerings, but we will be able to answer general program questions as well.  Please see this link for our current course listing:
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