Greenwood’s co-op program gives students the chance to explore their career options in a real-world setting.
Delivered through a Grade 11 course, co-op encourages students to investigate specific postsecondary choices based on their skills, interests and personal characteristics. The highlight of this course is a placement with a local organization connected to students’ career goals. Placements are 90- or 130-hours, so students can balance the co-op commitment their other academic priorities.
Co-op students experience the realities and opportunities of the workplace and examine factors that affect success, while refining their job-search and employability skills. Each student also develops a portfolio with a focus on their targeted destination and creates an action plan for future success.
By the end of the course, each student will have not only gained practical experience in an occupation of interest, but will have further developed valuable soft skills, such as teamwork, initiative and organization.
Past Greenwood co-op partners include:
Centre for Social Innovation and Change
Crown Attorney’s Office
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Mount Sinai Hospital
"My original goal for co-op at Wave Accounting was to see if I liked the tech industry, but after taking the course my goal was to expand on what I learned. It led me to find out more about programming by going to workshops and taking online classes."
Ciaran Farah ('16)
The connections students build through these placements can also prove fruitful for future career opportunities. Greenwood grad Morgan Andrade (‘12), after completing a co-op placement with PR firm Strategic Objectives, was recently hired on full time by the agency.