What is Co-operative Education?

Cooperative education is a planned learning experience that integrates classroom theory and learning experiences at the workplace. It allows students to “learn by doing” and “to do while learning”. The student has a chance to investigate and confirm career decisions before selecting work or post-secondary education destinations. It is an excellent opportunity for senior students to experience the world of work while obtaining high school credits. Students must complete an application and interview to be accepted into the cooperative education program at Forest Heights.

Students may sign up for either:

CO-OP2 – (2 credits/half-day)
CO-OP4 – (4 credits/full-day)

A maximum of 2 credits in co-operative education may count as compulsory credits.

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What are Dual Credit Programs?

Dual Credit programs are available to students in Grade 12. They are full day, four credit programs that students take in either semester one or semester two of their final year of high school. Any student interested in signing up for one of these programs should see his/her guidance counsellor.

Semester One Dual Credit Programs:
– Culinary Fundamentals
– Mechanical Fundamentals: Plumbing, Welding, HRAC

Semester Two Dual Credit Programs:
– Automotive Service Technician
– Culinary (Chef Program)
– Early Childhood Education
– Truck and Coach
– Welding

Dual Credit Programs are based on the principles of collaboration and accountability in partnership between Waterloo Region District School Board and Conestoga College. Dual credit programs are programs approved by the Ministry of Education that allow students, while they are still in secondary school, to explore fundamental college courses and/or take college/apprenticeship courses that count towards both their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and a post-secondary certificate, diploma, or degree, or a Certificate of Apprenticeship. 

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