Cooperative education integrates a student’s academic study with on-the-job work experience. It allows students to obtain professional experience in their specific field of study. This is done by alternating periods of on-campus study with work experience in business, industry, and government. Co-op helps bridge the gap between the classroom and work.
Co-op work terms are generally four months in duration. The majority are in Ontario, but they could be anywhere in Canada where a suitable job is available.
The key lies in matching an employer who can offer a productive, and vocationally relevant work experience with a capable and skilled student. No student is sent out for a work term until he/she has the ability to be a productive employee.
The work terms form an essential component of the student’s total academic program. A mandatory requirement for graduation, the work terms are evaluated by both the College and the employer in order to promote maximum learning on the part of the student.
The opportunity for cooperative education exists in the following programs:
The Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship program combines a college diploma program and apprenticeship training leading to a Certificate of Qualification. The program enables individuals to train as apprenticeship participants, completing all in-school learning outcomes (trade school). In addition, participants have the option to pursue a co-op with an employer. Individuals who want to register for the Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship program must meet all eligibility criteria for both the college diploma program as well as apprenticeship training.
For further information, please contact the Coordinators, Cooperative Placements at 705-566-8101, ext 7564 or 7707.
Cambrian offers optional Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship programs in:
- Electrical Techniques, Technician and Technology
- Heavy Equipment Technician
- Industrial Mechanical Millwright Technician
- Powerline Technician
- Welding and Fabrication Technician
Fieldwork / Placement
In many programs, students have the opportunity to gain practical work experience through a fieldwork or placement component. These are unpaid placements and vary in length from program to program.
For the student, this means:
- practical, relevant work experience prior to graduation – a significant asset in today’s competitive job market
- a better understanding of classroom theory and its applications to the working environment
- increased self-confidence and maturity
- increased communication and decision-making skills
- access to the most up-to-date facilities
- first-hand experience with current policies, procedures, and technologies
- an increased awareness of potential career paths
- enhanced employment opportunities and valuable job contacts
For the employer, it means:
- an excellent source of graduates with relevant on-the-job experience
- an opportunity to pre-screen potential employees for permanent positions and thus lower recruitment and training costs
- an opportunity to play an active role in the educational process which, in turn, provides better qualified personnel for the future
- an effective means of satisfying short-term personnel needs and freeing highly paid personnel for other assignments
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