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As part of their studies in secondary school, students may select Co-operative Education courses to assist them with their career planning. These courses allow students to explore chosen career fields and experience learning and working in the workplace. On-the-job learning opportunities must be accompanied by an in-school pre-placement and integration curriculum which prepares students for their new experiences and integrates the theory and application of the course to which the Co-operative Education experience relates. Students must apply and go through an interview process for Co-operative Education. The purpose of this initial interview, with the applicant, is to ensure that the student meets certain expectations in regards to attendance and punctuality, completion of compulsory courses, and to ensure that the applicant is ready to undertake learning in the workplace. Cooperative Education Program offers students the opportunity to explore career opportunities through a regular co-op as well as through many new, exciting programs.

Dual Credit Program offerings vary from year to year. Please consult with Guidance or go to the St. Benedict CSS for an updated course list.

OYAP (Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program) is structured within the Co-operative Education program (some exceptions). A student is signed on when an employer agrees to sponsor the student. Students then have the opportunity to gain work experience in an apprentice trade, have their time count towards their apprenticeship hours, and have certain skill sets and competencies signed off. Students have an opportunity to pursue an apprenticeship while earning high school credits.