What is Co-operative Education?


Co-operative Education is a learning partnership that provides students with valuable work experience while they are earning credits toward their graduation diploma. The Co-operative Education program involves both a classroom component and work or community placement component. 

Co-op prepares students for successful participation in the workplace, provides authentic learning opportunities, and further develops the knowledge and skills for students’ post-secondary journey.

All Co-operative Education students are required to participate in a pre-employment session that emphasizes health and safety and the skills needed to succeed in the placement.

Jacob Hespeler’s Co-op students can earn two (AM or PM) to four (Full Day) credits.


How Does Cooperative Education Help Students Meet Diploma Requirements?

  • Cooperative education credits can be applied as two of the 18 compulsory credit requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • There is no limit on the number of optional credits that may be earned through cooperative education courses and students can take co-op more than one time in Grade 11 or 12.
  • If students are participating in a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) they must earn a minimum of two cooperative education credits. 
  • Cooperative education credits are also a required component of other specialized programs, such as school-to-work and school-to-apprenticeship (OYAP) programs.


Department Staff

If you have any questions feel free to reach out:

Ms. Knight: jennifer_knight@wrdsb.ca

Mr. O’Connor:  tom_oconnor@wrdsb.ca

Ms. Pederson: ashley_pederson@wrdsb.ca