All students, regardless of their postsecondary destination, have the opportunity to take co-op. Cooperative Education is a planned learning experience, for which credits are earned, that integrates classroom theory and learning experiences at a workplace. Two co-op credits can count towards a student's compulsory requirements in Groups 1, 2 and/or 3.

Cooperative Education is for all senior students! Co-op enhances learning and will assist students bound for University, College, Apprenticeship or the Workplace make informed career decisions and develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are essential in today's society. Cooperative Education courses are offered in all subject areas at all levels of achievement. Students may take co-op several times to gain work experience in a number of different career fields.

In Cooperative Education, grade 11 and 12 students apply the knowledge and skills they acquire in the classroom to real employment experiences through personalized placement learning plans. Two credit co-op students generally work either in the mornings or afternoons in businesses and community organizations in Barrie and the surrounding area. Four credit co-op students work in the morning and afternoon. University pathway students considering Cooperative Education are advised to take it in grade 11 rather than grade 12. Cooperative Education is designed to promote closer associations between students and working adults who are willing to share their knowledge. The 2 credit and 4 credit programs allow students in grade 11 and grade 12 to develop job search skills, experience the job application process and learn employability/industry-specific skills. All Cooperative Education students will be involved in a pre-placement orientation and attend regularly scheduled in-class sessions.

Apply for cooperative education

All students must complete an online option sheet for either the 2 credit (GWL3O2) package or the 4 credit (GWL3O4) package.

All students will complete a Co-op Student Form.

An interview will be conducted prior to acceptance into the program.

Students must be able to accommodate 2 consecutive periods of their day to a co-op placement. Students must be able to connect co-op to a related grade 11 or grade 12 course either being taken concurrently or successfully completed.


Grade 11

GWL 3O2: Cooperative Education - 2 Credit Package
GWL 3O4: Cooperative Education - 4 Credit Package

Grade 12

GLN 4O2: Cooperative Education - 2 Credit Package
GLN 4O4: Cooperative Education - 4 Credit Package