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Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education courses are offered in all 15 high schools in the Halifax Regional Centre for Education.

Cooperative Education helps students gain awareness and knowledge of career preparation, planning, and exploration. Cooperative Education prepares students to engage in employment and enables them to appreciate the skills, knowledge, and attitudes they currently possess; the skills, knowledge, and attitudes employers seek; and help them to identify and develop the key skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to a successful transition from school to the world of work or further study.

To participate in a Cooperative Education community-based placement, a student must be 16 years of age and be socially ready for the independent nature of community placements. The decision on whether the student participates is the responsibility of the school. Risk management and due diligence must be practised when making all decisions about putting a student in a Cooperative Education placement.

Students interested in taking Cooperative Education courses need to consult with the teacher responsible for delivering this course in their school. An application and an interview are required as outlined in the Community-Based Learning Policy for schools.

To visit Cooperative Education at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, click here.