Co-Operative Education

Semester 2 (February 2020) Deadlines Announced!

Students interested in working in the ARTS, TRADES, HOSPITALS, POLICE and  in the HOSPITALITY & TOURISM INDUSTRY scroll down for application deadlines in the SPECIALIZED CO-OP PLACEMENTS section. 

If you have any questions please see your Guidance Counselor or email Ms. Veneziale (natalie.veneziale@tdsb.on.ca) immediately – DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE DEADLINE!!! Some applications will require significant time and effort to complete.


WHAT IS CO-OP?
It is an experiential learning opportunity open to all students at DMCI. Whether students are bound for university, college, an apprenticeship or the workplace, Co-op gives our students the opportunity to develop transferable skills, improve upon work habits and cultivate professional connections required for success. It helps them identify their strengths and interests and provides them with experience and knowledge that can assist with the transition from high school to the workplace or post-secondary education and guide them through the career planning process.
Co-op is a unique program which involves integrating academic study with practical experience in the workplace. Programming is based on a partnership between the school and business/organization and involves the commitment and participation of students, teachers, parents, and the workplace. 




WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CO-OP FOR STUDENTS?
  • a new learning environment
  • gain valuable work experience
  • awareness of workplace demands and needs
  • develop self-knowledge, maturity and self-confidence
  • develop and apply knowledge, skills and attitudes 
  • build a network for future employment
  • earn credits towards secondary diploma
  • be better prepared for post-secondary transition
  • enhance acceptance possibilities to post-secondary or training programs
  • the option to participate in special programs linked to the trades and begin your apprenticeship while still in school


HOW DOES CO-OP WORK?
Students can earn 1 – 4 credits over the course of a semester. Students spend the first weeks of their semester in school preparing for their placement (pre-placement). Once placed students spend the majority of the week at the workplace, with regularly scheduled in-school days (integration).                                                                                                                         
Pre-placement – first 2-3 weeks of the semester preparing for the workplace
  • topics of study include Job Preparation, Health and Safety, Rights and Responsibilities in the workplace
  • placements are assessed by the co-op teacher and students take part in placement interviews during the school day
Integration Classes – in class alternating Mondays
  • topics of study may include reflective learning, job market trends and the nature of the workplace, post-secondary pathways, financial literacy
Placement – approximately 4 months
  • student schedules will reflect the needs of their placement 
  • students work towards individual learning goals
  • Co-op Teacher visits regularly to assess learning through observation and discussion and to provide feedback to the student
NOTE: In order to earn credits students MUST attend regularly and complete all assignments in the classroom and at the workplace.


SPECIALIZED CO-OP PROGRAMS 

Due to student demand, some placements have additional application packages and deadlines that are set well in advance of the start of Co-op. Due dates for second semester Co-op are as follows:

  • Armed Forces (second semester ONLY) – information meeting to be held in the fall of 2019 for students considering the Armed Forces  please note this placement extends into the summer of 2020 and beyond
  • Arts Co-op Program  TBA – Performance (2 credit, mornings), Film (2 credit,  afternoons), Performance & Film (4 credit, full day program) 

  • BMO  TBA – various placements available in the BMO offices in the financial district 

  • Be Our Guest – TBA – hospitality industry – various placements with several downtown hotels 

  • Hospitals  TBA – positions include clinical (clerical in nature) as well as other areas including gift shop, administration, the trades, professional services
    • North York General Hospital (General Site or Seniors Health Centre) 
    • Scarborough Health Network (Birchmount Site, General Site, or Centenary Site) 
    • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre 
    • University Health Network (Toronto General, Toronto Western, Princess Margaret, Toronto Rehab, Michener Institute) 

  • PACE – December 9 – pre-apprenticeship placements in the trades with TDSB 

  • STEP to Construction  November 20 – specialized trades program that focus on the construction trades 

  • STEP to Transportation – November 26 – specialized trades program with the TTC 

  • Toronto Police Services  November 12 – positions are of a clerical nature - lengthy application process

  • xoTO – TBA – film, television and media


VULNERABLE SECTOR SCREENING

Students who are 18 years of age or older who wish to work with vulnerable members of our community (children, seniors, people with disabilities) MUST complete a Vulnerable Sector Screening ReportIt may take up to 6 weeks to process your application so make sure to read and follow the instructions provided. Without the completion of this form students will NOT be allowed to start placement. Please see the Co-op Teacher if you have any questions. 


HOW TO APPLY FOR CO-OP?
1. Include COOP on your course selection sheet or see your Guidance Counselor.
2. Complete the Co-op Application. 
http://tdsbweb/webdocuments/SchoolServices/Experiential/docs/StudentAppl2008.pdf
3. Submit your completed application with a copy of your Course Credit Counseling Summary (see Guidance) and a copy of your Resume to the Co-op Department.
4. Students will be notified, by the Co-op Teacher, should there be an interview. 

"Co-op education is an essential part of the Experiential Learning component that students need for success. Students get to try on a career, get shown a real life workplace and learn about what kind of work they excel at."