Co-Operative Education

Co-operative Education

With the COVID restrictions put in place by the TDSB, local employers and the City of Toronto, the Co-op department is making every effort to continue to operate and offer placements for the 2021-2022 school year. 

The TDSB is planning to host all specialized programs come the fall. The deadlines for applications are being updated regularly. Students are welcome to apply to these programs, but please know they may go from in-person to virtual if the need arises.

To register for a specialized program offered through the TDSB or for more information please about the co-op program please contact Ms. Veneziale at natalie.veneziale@tdsb.on.ca.

PLEASE NOTE: The specialized programs are not the only placements. The Co-op Department will actively work with each student to source out a suitable placement.


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. 


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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 / first 2 weeks of the quad

  • 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 approximately every 3 weeks (Monday)

  • 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 / 6 weeks of a quad 

  • 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
  • students interested in working in the trades must be at least 15 years of age with 14 credits; to work in the construction trades you must be at least 16 years of age

 

SPECIALIZED CO-OP PROGRAMS (2021-2022)

The TDSB has partnered with a number of groups throughout the City of Toronto to offer some excellent work placement opportunities to students. For students interested in working in the ARTS, the TRADES, HOSPITALS (medical & non-medical), POLICE and in the HOSPITALITY & TOURISM INDUSTRY scroll down for application deadlines in the SPECIALIZED CO-OP PLACEMENTS section. 

Due to student demand, some placements have additional application packages and deadlines that are set well in advance of the start of Co-op. If you have any questions please contact 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.

  • Uniformed Services – Toronto Fire Services no longer hosts high school co-op students
    • Armed Forces (second semester ONLY) – full-time placement – TBA
    • Toronto Police Services (positions are of a clerical nature - lengthy application process) – TBA
  • The Arts – for students interested in performing arts, digital media, film and television
    • TDSB Arts Co-op Program – TBA
    • xoTO (film, television and media) – TBA
  • Business / Financial 
    • BMO (financial district) – TBA  
    • UofT Enactus (enactusutsg.com) – TBA  
  • Be Our Guest (Hospitality & Tourism)  various work placements with several downtown hotels; during the pandemic students have been working with industry partners to solve / address real-world problems – TBA (approximately end of August 2021)
  • Hospitals  positions include medical (clerical in nature) as well as other areas including gift shop, the trades, professional services, lab work; during the pandemic students have been working with industry partners to solve / address real-world problems   
    • North York General Hospital (General Site or Seniors Health Centre) TBA
    • Scarborough Health Network (Birchmount Site, General Site, or Centenary Site) – June 18, 2021
    • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre – TBA
    • University Health Network (Toronto General, Toronto Western, Princess Margaret, Toronto Rehab, Michener Institute, TRI Design Collaboration, UofT Research) TBA (approximately end of August 2021)
  • The Trades – these programs often require students to attend alternative schools
    • PACE (students continue to be registered with and attend DMCI, pre-apprenticeship placements in the trades with TDSB) – June 3, 2021
    • STEP to Construction (specialized trades program that focus on the construction trades; ) – May 20, 2021
    • STEP to Transportation (4 + 1 credit specialized trades program with the TTC; 16 years old, 16 credits, 2 reference letters) – May 20, 2021     
    • Specialized OYAP (1 year program operated out of Central Tech nical School including Carpentry, Cook, Electrical, Plumbing, Transportation) – June 3, 2021
    • Accelerated OYAP (semester 2 only; intensive 1 semester program that combines a co-op placement with an 8 week block of Level 1 training at a college or union training centre; go to oyaptdsb.com/accelerated-oyap for a list of programs and recommended prerequisites) beginning of November


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 - the form is the same from year to year. 2020-2021 Co-op Application Form

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. 
 

Thank-you to Our Co-op Partners

DMCI would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our partners this year. Our students are always excited to start their work placements and contribute to their community.



  • Agueci Calabretta Law
  • Aristo Wellness Centre 
  • Bier Markt
  • BMO
  • Boston Pizza 
  • Brimley-Lawrence Animal Clinic
  • Cadillac Fairview
  • Calvin Klein 
  • Canadian Tire
  • Glow Fresh Grill & Wine Bar
  • GO Dodge Don Mills
  • GoodLife Fitness
  • Long & McQuade
  • North York General Hospital
  • Physio-Dynamics & Sports Medicine

 

  • Revelo
  • Roots
  • Sherbourne Animal Hospital
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Fairview Mall
  • Sobeys
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • TDSB 
  • Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation
  • Toyota on the Park
  • Toys R Us 
  • Wimpy’s Diner
  • YMCA

 

If you are interested in learning more about the Co-op program at Don Mills CI or you would like to host a Don Mills student please contact Ms. Veneziale at natalie.veneziale@tdsb.on.ca.

 

 Here are some important forms if you are interested in Co-op for next year:

2020-2021 Co-op Application Form

Co-op Details - May 2020



 

"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."

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