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Co-operative Education is available to high school students aged 16 years of age or older. It provides students with on-site work experience at placements in the fields of their choice. O2 is a three-year program offered in all of our high schools intended to help students evaluate their personal interests and skills as well as explore a range of careers. O2 students are required to complete four credits in Co-op. In this report you will hear from students who have found their career paths as a result of their experiences in Co-op or O2 . You will also hear from teachers who guide students as well as community hosts who have welcomed our students into their organizations. HRSB has developed a strong network of hosts in the thousands who are integral to the success of Community Based Learning. Our partners open their doors to students in the fields of health and human services law enforcement military information technology government skilled trades hospitality and tourism to name just a few. We are grateful that our partners see the value in participating in the program and in our students. Opening our schools to community partners and industry experts truly benefits our students. This year we were very excited to bring our first journeyperson to our teaching team at Cole Harbour District High School in the Skilled Trades program. Students are learning first-hand from a Red Seal carpenter who spent years in the trade. Its important to understand that CBL is much more than work experience or job placements or skilled trades. Another aspect is called service learning which is about enhancing students development as citizens who actively participate in and contribute positively to their communities. Students take responsibility for developing plans around needs that they identify in their communities and see projects through to completion. These projects are aligned with curriculum outcomes but also serve to meet the needs of others. Community Based Learning is about working together to create meaningful educational experiences for all students. After all it takes a village ... Find this report on the Superintendents page on To improve student achievement and personal success. continued from page 1 Co-operative Education is about exploration. Its about trying new approaches to learn more about oneself. Its about stepping outside the classroom and into the community to make connections between the learning that happens in school and life in the real world. Its about helping to prepare students for a fulfilling path beyond graduation. Every placement teaches students valuable lessons. Its equally as valuable to discover that a career path is not of interest as it is to confirm that its something worth pursuing. Many students discover their career paths as a result of their experience in Co-op placements. Here are a few recent examples Courtney Kerr is a student at Sir John A Macdonald High School. She recently completed a placement with the Halifax Regional Police HRP. In this video Courtney shares a bit about her experi- ence with HRP and describes how she came to realize that policing is the career path she wishes to pursue when she finishes high school. Colleyne McDonald is in the O2 program at Halifax West. She says she always wanted to be a pediatric nurse so she looked for a placement at the IWK. During that placement Colleyne learned about other positions in a hospital that support the health of mothers and babies. Colleyne now wants to be a Child Life Specialist and knows exactly what she needs to do at the post-secondary level to get there. Prince Andrew High School student Solomon Dort is completing a Co-op placement with an IT company in Dartmouth called SimplyCast. The company recently made the news media for its investment in new gradu- ates. Solomon says his Co-op placement experience with SimplyCast has opened his eyes to the information technology industry and has helped him to define his post-secondary plans. Teaching Co-op allows me to see how students REALLY learn and how they are so often easily engaged in experiential learning outside of a traditional classroom. - Teacher Marco Barreiro left is HRSBs first journeyperson. 2