Co-operative Education (Co-op)

What is it?

A program that allows students to apply two co-op credits towards their compulsory high school graduation requirements, with no limit on earning optional co-op credits.

Who is it for?

Students who are heading for university, college, apprenticeship or the workplace.

Benefits of Co-op...

Students have the opportunity to:

  • Experience hands-on learning
  • "Test-drive" career options
  • See the relevance of their classroom learning
  • Develop the essential skills and habits required in the workplace
  • Gain valuable work experience to help build a resumé for post-secondary programs and future employment

For more information, download the Grand Erie Co-op Sheet or download the Ministry of Education's Co-op Fact Sheet.

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

OYAP enables full-time students who are 16 years of age or older with at least 16 credits to meet diploma requirements while participating in an occupation that requires on-the-job training.

The OYAP program is designed to increase the number of secondary students interested in exploring the trades and prepares them to successfully pursue careers in the trades. Students in Grades 11 or 12 can gain training, through a cooperative education program, in an apprenticeship trade of interest.

To be eligible for OYAP, students must:

  • be enrolled full-time in secondary school
  • be working towards an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • be enrolled in a cooperative education program with a placement in an apprenticeship trade
  • have successfully completed 16 credits
  • be at least 16 years of age

Check out OYAP's website for additional resources and information about how taking OYAP could be right for you!

Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

Simcoe Composite offers two Specialist High Skills Major, Ministry of Education approved programs that allow students the opportunity to gain an overview of different industries as well as receive specialized training while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

Students will participate in classroom learning, gain hands-on experience, and off-site experiential co-operative learning as they establish network relationships with many post-secondary institutions and employers in their appropriate sector.

Simcoe Composite students can explore both the Transportation and Information Communications and Technology industries in and out of the classroom.