Co-operative Education provides students with the opportunity to earn school credits while working during the school day. Students can earn one to four credits. Students take a 2-credit co-operative education course and work for half a school day for a semester or a 4-credit course and work a full school day for one semester. These credits are often completed in grade 11 and/or 12. They are available to all four pathway students. The student, the co-operative education teacher and the employer decide on the work placement. Students are not paid for this work, but earn school credits and valuable experience outside of the regular classroom setting. Students planning to follow the skills trade or apprenticeship pathway have the opportunity to join the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP). OYAP students gain on the job training as well as accumulating workplace hours that count towards both secondary school credits and the requirements of an apprenticeship program.
Cooperative education involves an experiential mode of instruction which combines academic learning, technical learning and on-the-job training. Cooperative education provides students with more time in a work setting while achieving school credits. Students can earn from one to four credits in a semester. Students can also repeat coop in subsequent semesters.
More info can be found on the LKDSB board Co-op website
Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)
The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program offers senior high school students the opportunity to train as registered apprentices while enrolled in high school. Under the OYAP option, students will complete their high school diploma and gain apprenticeship training towards a Certificate of Qualification and Journeyperson status. All OYAP students must enroll as a cooperative Education student and follow the policies and procedures of Coop.
More info can be found on the LKDSB board OYAP website