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Experiential Learning 
Experiential learning helps students make decisions about their futures after high school graduation. The kind of experiential learning that co-operative education (co-op) provides is invaluable whether students are bound for apprenticeship, college, university, or the workplace. Students gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes essential to exploring the direction they will choose.

“Even if they don’t like their placement it is still a win-win situation – the students walk away with insight about what they want and essential skills they can take into alternative career pathways,” shares Ruthanne Finnigan, Co-op Co-ordinator for Wellington Catholic and the Upper Grand Districts.

Co-op and expanded co-op
Co-op and expanded co-op allows students headed for university, college, apprenticeship or the workplace to ‘try-on’ various careers.

Co-op is a credit program.  Students spend part of the program hours in the classroom and the rest of the time is dedicated to an on the job placement in an industry/setting that aligns with their interests.

Expanded Co-op is a program that allows students to apply two co-op credits toward their compulsory high school graduation requirements, with no limit on earning co-op credits in place of other elective courses.

Student’s who take advantage of these opportunities:
  • Experience hands-on learning
  • Test drive career options
  • See the relevance of their classroom learning
  • Develop skills and habits required in the workplace
  • Gain valuable work experience that will help build a resume for post secondary programs and future employment
Wellington Catholic and the Upper Grand District School Board has collaborated since 1976 to jointly manage the Co-operative Education program.  Shared policies, procedures, facilities and personnel have strengthened the experiential learning programs for students.  With the amalgamation of the Wellington County Board of Education and the Dufferin County Board of Education in 1998, schools and students in Dufferin County are also served.  In September 2000, Wellington Catholic and the Upper Grand combined their individual programs into a single OYAP program with joint personnel and practices. ​​​​