Co-op education refers to co-operative education, a structured program that integrates work experience in a student’s field along with academic studies by alterning in-class learning with periods of actual work. The term reflects the co-operative relationship between students, schools and employers that allows students to alternate periods of study with periods of employment. This type of placement enables students to network with employers, gain valuable work experience in their chosen field and earn academic credits.
Canadian Association for Co-operative Education. “Co-operative Education Definition.” Online: http://www.cafce.ca/coop-defined.html (Retrieved on August 13, 2014)
Canada Career Information Partnership. A Career Development Resource for Parents: Helping parents explore the role of coach and ally. 2006. Online: http://www.ccdf.ca/ccdf/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/a_career_development_resource_for_parents_e.pdf (Retrieved on May 27, 2014)
Government of Canada, Services for Youth. “Co-operative Education.” Online: http://www.youth.gc.ca/eng/topics/career_planning/coop.shtml (Retrieved on August 13, 2014)