Cooperative Education

Garth Webb Co-op students gain a variety of experiences in areas such as automobile sales, graphic design, veterinary medicine, elementary education, acting and film production, child care, and automobile service, just to name a few.

Co-op allows students to test-drive a career while gaining hands-on experience and developing employability and leadership skills. Students can explore their interests and abilities in order to make more informed post-secondary pathway decisions.

How does the program work?

  • Students select Co-op on their option sheet

  • They will then complete an online application sent to them by the Co-op teacher

  • Co-op teacher meets with the student, works with them to determine interests and placement options and to find an appropriate placement

  • Some of the placement options are linked HERE but others are possible if you do not see something specific to your interests.

  • Students are timetabled for a two period block as they are earning two credits

  • They spend the first two weeks of the semester completing preplacement work which will prepare them for their work experience

  • They complete an interview with the potential placement supervisor

  • If successful, they begin their placement and work 2.5 to 3 hours hours every day (either morning or afternoon) in order to meet the key learnings, goals, and course connections as set out on their Learning Plan

  • Students meet as a class once a month in order to reflect on their experiences and complete integration material

How to get involved?

  • Plan courses accordingly to include room for Co-op in grade 11 or 12

  • Speak to Ms. Anjos, the Co-op teacher, and students who are currently in the program to learn about the many opportunities available in the program.

  • If you have a contact or would like to more information on how to become involved as a Co-op employer, please contact Ms. Anjos.

There are many specialized programs which include Co-op as a required component or where Co-op is strongly recommended. To obtain more information about these programs visit

Click here to read about the Co-op Student of the Week