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Co-Operative Education

About Co-Operative Education

Co-operative education allows students that are preparing for life after high school to get realistic and hands-on experience in a potential career. This is a valuable opportunity to test drive a career to see if it is a good fit before investing a lot of time and money in post-secondary education.  You have the option of doing a 2-credit half day or a 4-credit full day placement.  Topics covered in-class include career preparation, health & safety, Employment Standards Act, the role of unions in the workplace and more. The bulk of the course is time spent at the placement with monitoring by the co-operative education teacher. There are many co-op placement opportunities in our region from hospitals, schools, policing, retail, the full range of skilled trades and so much more.

An Alternate Co-op Program; DCO 3O

Students in the final years of high school are looking forward to post-secondary options and potential careers.  This is a very difficult decision to make with relatively little experience and knowledge.  Fitting a traditional co-operative education experience into a students timetable can be a challenge, especially if they are planning to graduate in 4 years.  An alternate program is called Creating Opportunities Through Co-operative Education, often referred to by its course code, DCO 3O.    Students that participate will get 2 co-op credits and the work to be completed is performed outside of timetabled courses, on their own time.  In this program, students are paired with a mentor whose career is in line with the student's potential pathway. The student and mentor will work collaboratively on a range of tasks including creating and designing STEAM Faire type activities.  This mentorship experience will allow the student to really gain insight into a career that might be right for them and enhance skills with problem-solving, organization, communication, leadership, decision-making and teamwork. 

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High School Co-op Opportunities at Bruce Power


These co-op opportunities are a full semester onsite at Bruce Power for senior students from BGCDSB and BWDSB. This four-credit program provides valuable experience, essential skills, and career exploration for students on a pathway to post-secondary apprenticeship, college or university.

Career Areas
1. Business I (Accounting/Finance, Power Marketing, Supply Chain)
2. Business II (Human Resources, Community Relations, Communications, Business Improvement)
3. Engineering I (Mechanical/Electrical)
4. Engineering II (Chemical/Environmental)
5. Information Technology
6. Power Engineering/Nuclear Operations (OYAP trade: Process Operator/Power)*
7. Mechanical maintenance (OYAP trades: Millwright, Welder, HVAC)
8. Control maintenance (OYAP trades: Industrial Electrician, Instrumentation, Electronics)
9. Transportation maintenance (OYAP trades: Automotive, Truck, Heavy Equipment, Small Engines)
10. Fire Protection/Emergency Services*
11. Employee Wellness
* Possible day/night shift work involved

 Power Up Your Future at Bruce Power Co-op! 

  • Get valuable work experience at Ontario’s largest electrical power generator
  • Explore a unique career of interest to you before going to college or university
  • Boost essential skills that are transferable to any situation in your future
  • Participate in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)


Pick up the Bruce Power Co-op handout at the Guidance Office.
Want more info?   
See Guidance or contact the Bruce Power Co-op Teacher: 
Tim Smith  519-372-7161   [email protected]