Co-Operative Education

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 (1-2 cr) or every Monday (3-4 cr)
  • topics of study 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.


SPECIAL 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:

  • STEP to Transportation – specialized trades program with the TTC – NOVEMBER 19, 2018
  • STEP to Construction – specialized trades program that focus on the construction trades – NOVEMBER 30, 2018
  • PACE – pre-apprenticeship placements in the trades with TDSB – NOVEMBER 28, 2018
  • xoTO – film, television and media – ongoing
  • TDSB Arts Co-op Program  Performance (2 credit, mornings), Film (2 credit,  afternoons), Performance & Film (4 credit, full day program) – workshop & interview to be held in JANUARY, 2019
  • BMO – various placements available in the BMO offices in the financial district – NOVEMBER 26, 2018 
  • Be Our Guest – hospitality industry – various placements with several downtown hotels – NOVEMBER 21, 2018
  • Toronto Police Services – positions are of a clerical nature – NOVEMBER 14, 2018
  • Armed Forces (second semester ONLY) – information meeting to be held on NOVEMBER 15, 2018 from 6 - 8 pm at Yorkdale SS, 38 Orfus Road for students considering the 2019-2020 school year
  • Hospitals – may include retail, administrative, lab work, the trades, professional services
    • North York General Hospital – NOVEMBER 14, 2018
    • Scarborough & Rouge Hospital –  DECEMBER 5, 2018
    • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre – NOVEMBER 22, 2018

In addition, our DD students have the opportunity to participate in an Experiential Learning Continuum. Upon entering high school each student is appropriately placed on the continuum and begin working towards his/her personal level of independence in social skills, life skills and work/employability preparation. Students can participate in placements within their classroom, the school and the community.  


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."