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  • Co-op Application Process
  • Student Benefits from Cooperative Education
  • Student Payment
  • Student Responsibilities
  • What is Co-operative Education?
  • Contact Information by School

Co-op Application Process

All secondary school students are eligible to participate in cooperative education. Students apply to take Co-op during the regular course selection process at their school. Students who miss the course selection process should contact their Guidance Counsellor.
To Apply:

  • Select the Co-op program of choice in Career Cruising

  • Complete the following forms and return to the Guidance or Co-op Departments

    • Co-op Application Form

    • Two Teacher Reference Forms

    • Parent/Student Information Form

  • Participate in an interview and counselling process by a Co-op teacher

Please note the following:

  • Students must be going into Grade 11 or 12 to apply for Co-op

  • Attendance records and teacher references are considered

  • Students must have alternate placement choices and be prepared to accept them if their first placement choice is not available

  • Placement expenses (e.g., travel) are the responsibility of the student and/or parent/guardian

Student Benefits from Cooperative Education

  • Earn credits towards your high school diploma. Note: two co-op credits can be used to fulfill the OSSD compulsory requirements

  • Gain practical work experience in areas that compliment your strengths, interests and educational needs

  • Gain entrance into a workplace not usually available to high school students prior to formal training

  • Learn new skills and knowledge outside the classroom

  • Include a practical component in high school to assist with choosing your post-secondary career

  • Develop your resume or portfolio to assist with your post-secondary application to work, university, college or apprenticeship

  • Establish contacts and references for future networking and employment opportunities

  • Develop the essential skills and work habits necessary for success in the workplace

Student Payment

It is strongly recommended by the Waterloo Catholic District School Board that students not be paid while participating in a Cooperative Education program. The emphasis of the program is to earn credits towards the completion of their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

Additionally, Co-op will enhance a senior student’s secondary experience with an opportunity to relate the curriculum learned in school to the skills, knowledge, experience and work habits required in the workplace.

In some instances, employers may wish to assist Co-op students with Co-op related expenses (e.g., travel, safety equipment required, tools etc) or provide an honorarium at the conclusion of the placement, and this is acceptable.

Student Responsibilities

  • Attend pre-placement training in the school

  • Provide own transportation to work placement

  • Attend integration sessions in the school

  • Comply with company rules (e.g., dress, safety procedures, work schedules, etc.)

  • Work in a honest, courteous, responsible and business-like manner

  • Comply with rules and regulations of the school and workplace (e.g., confidentiality)

  • Comply with school attendance policies in both the workplace and school components

  • Submit assignments as required

  • Inform the workplace supervisor and Co-op teacher in advance, if they are unable to report to work

  • Work with teachers and supervisors to ensure that problems are dealt with asap

  • Adhere to company and school health and safety regulations

  • Demonstrate maturity and good judgement

  • Report all accidents and injuries (no matter how minor) to the employer and teacher immediately

What is Co-operative Education?

Co-operative Education (Co-op) is a learning partnership program that provides students with valuable work experience in the community while they are earning credits towards their graduation diploma. Co-op involves both a classroom component and a work placement component.


  • experience the practical aspects of a job and the expectations of employers in a real work environment

  • work in placements which best match their educational needs and interests

  • integrate classroom theory and earn credits towards their graduation diploma

  • are generally 16 years of age or older (the Ministry of Labour requires students to be a minimum age, depending on the occupation)

Placement Supervisors/Employers help to:

  • provide the opportunity for students to learn from experts in the field

  • develop the essential skills and work habits valued by the workforce

  • enrich classroom learning with practical application

  • provide students with the opportunity to access emerging technologies

Before the Student Begins at the Work Placement

The student must:

  • apply for Co-operative Education and successfully complete the interview process at the school

  • receive pre-placement training in the classroom

  • be interviewed by the placement supervisor to determine his/her suitability to the position offered by the employer

  • sign the Work Education Agreement form

  • sign the Parent & Student Information form

Placement Supervisors meet with the Co-operative Education teacher to discuss:

  • job tasks for the student

  • schedule of workplace hours for the student

  • student needs and expectations

  • procedures involved with monitoring, communication and evaluation

  • student time sheets/ logs

  • confidentiality policies

  • health and safety practices including personal protective equipment required

  • accident reporting

Placement Supervisor Responsibilities

  • Provide a safe working and learning environment

  • Provide orientation and workplace site specific health and safety training

  • Designate an employee(s), to be responsible for daily supervision of student

  • Assist the teacher in developing the Learning Plan for the student

  • Provide challenging learning experiences for the student

  • Sign the student’s time sheets/logs in order to verify placement hours

  • Meet with the teacher to discuss the student's progress

  • Complete the performance appraisals for the student

Teacher Monitoring of Student
The Co-op teacher will monitor the student at the placement on a regular basis to consult with the placement supervisor as well as the student and to observe the student at work. Records of each monitoring session are kept by the teacher. It is during these meetings that adjustments to the Learning Plan, hours of work, etc. can be made and any concerns addressed.

The Work Education Agreement (WEA) is an agreement between the student, parent/guardian (for a student under 18), employer and the teacher which outlines the student, placement and school contact information, work schedule, and Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) coverage. Since each student must be covered by the WSIB, the Ministry of Education provides WSIB coverage for every unpaid Cooperative Education student. A completed and signed WEA form by the start of the placement ensures that the student has WSIB coverage.
The Waterloo Catholic District School Board does not provide liability insurance to protect the organization or the student for damages arising out of the operation of a motorized vehicle. The student is not to use a personal vehicle to conduct company business.

Student Attendance
The student is expected to attend his/her placement as outlined on the Work Education Agreement. If the student is absent, he/she must notify the placement supervisor and the Co-op teacher prior to the start of the work day. Habitual lateness and unexcused absences are not acceptable.

Student Injuries on the Job
The student or supervisor must report injuries immediately to the Co-op teacher, no matter how minor they may seem. Details including when, where, and how the injury occurred are required.

For More Information
If you have questions or require more information contact the Cooperative Education teacher or call the Waterloo Catholic District School Board Experiential Learning Department.
519-578-3660 extension 2300.

Cooperative Education Program - Contact Information by School

Frank Bianchi (acting Program Head)
Monsignor Doyle Catholic Secondary School
185 Myers Road
Cambridge, ON, N1R 7H2
519 622-1290 ext. 291


Fred Masters
Resurrection Catholic Secondary School
455 University Avenue West
Kitchener, ON, N2N 3B9
519 741-1990 ext. 5642


Michelle Crowell
St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School
50 Saginaw Parkway
Cambridge, ON, N1R 5W1
519 621-4050 ext. 5220


Mark Temple
St. David Catholic Secondary School
4 High Street
Waterloo, ON, N2L 3X5
519 885-1340 ext. 3069


Jill Strassburger
St. Mary’s High School
1500 Block Line Road
Kitchener, ON, N2C 2S2
519 745-6891 ext. 3050


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