On January 23, 2017 grade 8 students from Riverside PS accompanied Huntsville High School co-op students to their placements.

The day is referred to as job twinning, which is very similar to a co-op placement as it is one-on-one observation of a cooperative education student at his or her placement. It involves the pairing of a student with a cooperative education student, may be integrated with a credit course, and may be part of a student’s school work transition program.

The goal of this pilot project is to introduce eighth grade students to the idea of cooperative education in high school. High school students also benefit as they are put into a position where they are a role model for a younger apprentice.

“The grade eights will have the opportunity to explore pathways available to them both in and after high school in our community,” said Clare Wilson, co-op teacher at Huntsville High School.

Co-op is one of the best ways to test out career options while in high school, however many students don’t consider taking a co-op credit during high school, or they aren’t even aware that it is an option. Job twinning demonstrates these options early to elementary-aged students, which plants a seed in their minds so that when they reach high school they are already aware of the pathways that are available to them.

If you would like to learn more about co-op, please visit wegotyoucovered.ca or arrange for your child to meet with their school’s guidance counselor.