Cooperative education provides students with an exciting opportunity to broaden their awareness of career possibilities and to provide them with a better understanding of a particular job. Students are placed with employers in areas that the student is considering for their future vocation and has been a great help in refining their thinking about their future.
Co-op: Grade 11/12 (Various courses)
Students earn cooperative education credits by integrating classroom theory with planned learning experiences in the community to achieve learning based on the curriculum expectations of the related course. Placements should provide students with challenging opportunities to apply and extend the knowledge, and practise and refine the skills, acquired in the related course and to demonstrate achievement of placement expectations that reflect current workplace practices and standards.
Durham students have been placed in a wide variety of occupations including:
- Accounting firm as an accounting practitioner
- General Motors in the engineering department
- Elementary schools as a teacher assistant
- Carpentry with custom home builder
- Other trades including automotive and electrical
- Dental office as a dental assistant
- Interior decorating firm
- Nursing in a local hospital
- An introduction to social work through work with Big Sisters or Big Brothers