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Summer School - Cooperative Education and Specialist High Skills Major Cooperative Education

 Cooperative Learning Courses

Cooperative Learning (Grades 10 – 12):

Courses in this program are recommended for secondary students who wish to gain up to two credits through experiential learning.  This program combines classroom instruction with practical work experience.  Students can explore future careers or fulfil co-op requirements for Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs.  Students are required to find their own cooperative work placements within Durham Region before June 26, 2019.  For students currently in a secondary school, it is NOT the responsibility of the home school to assist with securing cooperative work placements.  Up to two credits will be granted upon successful completion of the course. 

Durham Continuing Education offers two cooperative education programs.  The two-credit cooperative education program runs Monday through Friday, commencing Tuesday July 2, 2019, and concluding Friday August 2, 2019. The program will be a combination of in-class instruction and on-site work experience.  Cooperative education teachers will monitor students through on-site visits throughout the work term.

Option 1: Option 1: Cooperative Education.  This program is recommended for students who wish to explore an area of interest for post secondary destination.  Successful students in this program will receive one cooperative education credit one in-class credit (GLN4O1) – Navigating the Future.  Students must attend all in-class days and all scheduled on-site work experience dates.  Due to the compressed timeframe, absences may result in forfeiture of the cooperative education credit.

Option 2: Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Cooperative Education.  The program is designed for students who have identified an area of interest and are registered in a Specialist High Skills Major program at their home school.  Student placements MUST be related to the SHSM in which they are enrolled.  Successful students in this program will receive two (2) cooperative education credits linked to their SHSM program.  Students must complete a combination of in-class and on-site hours.  Due to the compressed timeframe, absences may result in forfeiture of one or both of the cooperative education credit(s).

Transportation is not provided to or from placements. Transportation servicing Cannington, Uxbridge and Port Perry is available for in-class days only. 

This program is not open to grade 8 students reaching ahead – students must have completed at least one year of secondary education to be eligible.

 Program Dates

 Sites & Times

Pickering HS - Map
Sinclair SSMap
Maxwell Heights SS - Map
8:30 am – 2:15 pm (for in-class days)
Placement hours - to be determined
Monday to Friday

NB. Program specific pages will be enabled as information becomes available.  Please check back often as information may change.

*Note: Placements must be approved prior to the start of summer school.  The Durham District School Board and Durham Continuing Education reserve the right to refuse placements if the Co-operative Education Teacher deems the placement unsafe or unsuitable for the cooperative education program.  Students cannot be supervised by family members at a cooperative education placement.  Please visit for further information.

Co-op SHSM Courses AvailableCo-op SHSM Course Descriptions

Co-op SHSM Registration Instructions
(for current Durham District School Board secondary students)

Co-op SHSM Registration Instructions
(for all other students)

Co-op Placement Registration Form
(must be received by Durham Continuing Education by June 26, 2019)

SHSM Placement Registration Form
(must be received by Durham Continuing Education by June 26, 2019)

Cooperative Education ScheduleSHSM Schedule
Co-op SHSM Employer Information SheetContact Us

Secondary Bus Schedules
(servicing Cannington, Uxbridge and
Port Perry only)

What to do if your course has been cancelled
​Co-op SHSM DCE Code of ConductRequirements for Participation in a Cooperative Education Program
​Co-op SHSM Program Specific InformationCo-op SHSM Registration Checklist

Registration opens May 1, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Registration Deadline: Wed. June 26, 2019