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New initiatives from the Student Success/Learning to 18 Strategy.  Co-op students click here to view our co-op course page.

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What is Cooperative Education?

The cooperative education course consists of a classroom component and a placement component. Through these two components, the cooperative education course prepares the student for successful participation in a work placement; provides sufficient time and various opportunities at the placement to enable the student to apply and further develop the knowledge and skills acquired in the related course; and provides opportunities for the student to integrate the learning acquired in school and at the placement.  There are special co-op opportunities for First Nation, Métis, Inuit students.

Cooperative education courses may be planned as 2-credit or 4-credit courses, but a minimum of two credits are encouraged in order to ensure sufficient time at the placement for the student to fully achieve the required knowledge and skills.

There are several Ministry programs that happen within the cooperative education. OYAP – an apprenticeship participation program, SHSM – a concentrated subject based program and Dual Credits – a reach ahead activity that allows high school students to enroll in a College program and earn both high school and college credits.  You can get detailed information by clicking on the tabs above.

View the Cooperative Education Fact Sheet.

OYAP Co-op

Summer School Co-op

Aboriginal Youth Co-op Opportunities

Continuous Intake Co-op

Special Needs Co-op

Virtual Co-op

Young Workers Tip Sheets: Students, Parents, Supervisors, Employers

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What is OYAP?

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program logo 
a program that enables students to learn a skilled trade while completing the requirement for their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (O.S.S.D.) and is fully supported by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD).

The partnership involves a student who wants to learn a skilled trade, the school cooperative education teacher who arranges and monitors the placement, an employer who provides the training and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities which administers and regulates the program.

The Ontario College of Trades

The Ontario government has passed legislation, the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009 to establish the College of Trades – a regulatory body that will help modernize the province’s apprenticeship and skilled trades system.

The Ontario College of Trades is the first regulatory body for skilled trades in North America. A regulatory body is an industry-led organization that oversees a profession and regulates/governs its members in the public interest.

All OYAP students holding a registered training agreement will be required to register with the Ontario College of Trades via their website within 90 days of signing as an OYAP student.  There will be no professional fees paid while you remain in high school.  If you continue your Apprenticeship after high school you will be required to pay annual professional fees each year.

The OCOT (Ontario College of Trades) will be responsible for certification while the MAESD (Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development) will be responsible for all training.

View a list of Apprentice Trades and the Red Seal Website.

View the OYAP Students FAQ.

I Want to Work in the Trades

Facts to Consider

Demographics and labour market statistics suggest that within the next few years many skilled trades people will be retiring. This will present opportunities for young people interested in beginning a skilled occupation.

In Ontario many students do not attend university or college after leaving high school. A number of these students enjoy learning by doing. A work experience in a skilled trade through the OYAP option can provide these students with an early start in a career with a future.

The average age of an apprentice in Ontario is 26 years. The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program enables high school students to begin careers in the skilled trades at a much earlier age. There are over 130 skilled occupations in Ontario. Many of these skilled trades are well paying, secure and provide a great future. In several skilled trades, wage rates are higher than in many other careers and professions.

It takes an average of two to five years to complete an apprenticeship program. In comparison, it takes three to four years to complete a university undergraduate program and two to three years to complete a college program. Apprenticeship training is a cost-effective third option in addition to the traditional community college or university route enabling apprentices to earn while they learn. Between 80-90 per cent of apprenticeship training takes place on the job.

View a short OYAP Video in English          View a short OYAP Video in French

Level 1 Apprenticeship Training Opportunities

Lambton College is offering Level 1 Apprenticeship training for Hairstylist and Welding
View the class schedules for Hairstylist and Welding.

Lambton College is now accepting applications for these apprenticeships.

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What is the Specialized High Skills Major?

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Specialist High Skills Majors let students focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

View the SHSM Fact Sheet.

View the SHSM Newsletter from St. Patrick's and from Ursuline College.

Students receive the SHSM's distinctive red seal on their diploma when they:

• complete a specific bundle of 8-10 courses in the student's selected field

• earn valuable industry certifications including first aid and CPR qualifications

• gain important skills on the job with employers

Each SHSM consists of five required components:

1. Bundled Credits A defined bundle of credits consisting of eight to 10 Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits, including cooperative education.

2. Certification and Training Sector-recognized certifications and training courses and programs.

3. Experiential learning and career exploration activities Experiential learning and career exploration activities within the sector.

4. Reach-Ahead Experiences Learning experiences connected with the student’s postsecondary plans.

5. Essential Skills and Work Habits Development of Essential Skills and work habits required in the sector, recorded using the tools in the Ontario Skills Passport (OSP).

There are 10 SHSM programs offered within the St. Clair Catholic District School Board:

St. Patrick’s High School (Sarnia) Application Form

• Arts and Culture


• Health and Wellness - Health Focus (Mrs. Adams)

Health and Wellness - Fitness Focus (Mr. Stewart)

Information and Communication Technology

Ursuline College (Chatham)   Application Form

Arts and Culture


Health and Wellness    Watch the Student Aides Program video by clicking the CKHA Tab above.



View the Ministry SHSM Video.

Earning High School and Post-secondary Credits

What are they?

Students participate in free apprenticeship training and postsecondary courses, earning dual credits that count towards both their high school diploma and their postsecondary diploma, degree or apprenticeship certification. Dual credits engage students through exposure to college courses and culture while supporting their successful transition to postsecondary education

Who are they for?

Students who may need learning opportunities outside of high school and who would benefit from a college or apprenticeship experience to complete their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

Fact Sheet: Dual Credit Programs

Lambton College Dual Credit Newsletter

How do they help?

Dual Credit programs can help students move from high school to college and apprenticeship programs. They can help students complete their Ontario Secondary School Diploma while customizing their learning with exposure to the college environment.

Students have the opportunity to:

• Earn high school credits while studying at a local college or taking apprenticeship training

• Gain experience to transition to postsecondary education or apprenticeship

• Get a head start on learning and training for their future careers.

Where do I go for a Dual Credit Course?

In this area we are very fortunate to have a choice of 3 College campuses.  Lambton College in Sarnia and St. Clair College in both Chatham and Windsor offer free transportation for St. Clair Catholic District School Board students to participate in their dual credit courses.  View St. Clair's "You'll Love It Here" video.

Dual credit courses are taken while you are in Co-op and usually correspond to your post-secondary interests, SHSM program or your co-op placement.  If you are not enrolled in a SHSM you may take any dual credit course that interests you.  You will need to have your co-op placement match the time that the dual credit courses are offered.  For example the St. Clair College dual credit courses are offered in the afternoon – so you will need to have an afternoon co-op placement.  See your Guidance counselor or your co-op teacher for more details.

All dual credit courses are offered to students free of charge with transportation, materials, books and some safety equipment provided.

Which Dual Credit courses are offered?

Trycollege.ca offers a list of the dual credit courses.

St. Clair Offerings - 2018-2019 | St. Clair DC Calendar 2018-2019

St. Clair College Forms: Student ApplicationGuidance Form | Withdrawal Request Form

Lambton Offerings - Winter 2018 | Lambton Dual Credit Calendar

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School Within a College (SWAC) Programs - Ursuline College & St. Patrick's

The School-College-Work Initiative (SCWI) was first implemented in 1997. Its mandate is to fund projects and forums that focus on providing a seamless transition from secondary school to college.

School-Within-a-College Program (SWAC) offers secondary credit courses taught by secondary school teachers and college Dual Credit courses taught by college professors/instructors within a collaborative learning community at the Lambton/St Clair College campus in partnership with the St. Clair Catholic District School Board.

Students in the SWAC program complete high school credits and approved Dual Credits either at Lambton or St. Clair College during the week. Unlike the Dual Credit program, students in the School-Within-A-College program are on-site at Lambton/St Clair College and are completing the majority of their outstanding credits under the supervision of a qualified high school teacher.

To be eligible, students must:

  • Be registered at a high school within the St. Clair Catholic District School Board

  • Be eight or fewer credits short of completing an O.S.S.D., depending upon their intake date (September intake students must have 22 credits or more; January intake requires 25 credits or more)

This program is of benefit to those students who have left high school before graduating.  Please consider this program as a way to complete your high school diploma and transition into College.

For more information please see the Guidance Counselors at St. Patrick’s High School or Ursuline College


Introducing Dual Credits

Information for Parents about Dual Credits

Dual Credits at Lambton College

Level 1 Apprenticeship

Mike Rowe talks to US Senate about Skilled Trades


More apprenticeship videos can be viewed at the UCC Co-op Wiki Site.

OYAP Co-ordinator

Warren Seton

St. Clair Catholic District School Board

Secondary School Special Assignment Teacher

Experiential Learning/OYAP

420 Creek Street

Wallaceburg, ON

N8A 4C4

Toll Free: 1-866-336-6139 Ext. 10342

Phone Local: (519) 627-6762 Ext. 10342

Fax Number: (519) 627-3960

Email: warren.seton@st-clair.net