Co-operative Education (Co-op)

Interested in a Co-op student? – click on the form below

Co-operative education is a credit course that provides the opportunity to use what is learned in the classroom and apply it in the workplace. Co-op is an opportunity to “try out” a career and can help with making decisions about your future. You will also develop work habits, attitudes and transferable job skills necessary for a successful transition to post-secondary education or the workplace.  At Grand River Collegiate we offer 2-credit afternoon and 4-credit all day Co-op.

How To Participate

Students can apply to take a co-operative education program during course selection time. Once selected an application must be filled out. (distributed at Co-op meeting) Before beginning a Co-op placement, you will attend pre-placement classes to help prepare for the workplace (3-4 weeks at the start of each term).

How Does Co-operative Education Help Students Meet Diploma Requirements?

  • Co-operative education credits may be used to meet up to two of the 18 compulsory credit requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • Students must also earn 12 optional credits through the OSSD. There is no limit on the number of optional credits that may be earned through co-operative education courses.
  • Under the ministry-approved framework for the new Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) designation within the OSSD, students must earn a minimum of two co-operative education credits as one of the five required components of a SHSM. Co-operative education credits are also a required component of other specialized programs, such as school-to-work and school-to-apprenticeship (OYAP) programs.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us or click on the form above and a teacher will be in touch shortly.

WRDSB – Co-op Website