About Co-operative Education at King’s


Christine Vatcher brings experience in business and education spanning 16 years. She has a Honours Bachelor of Arts with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto. Christine has been teaching Career Studies at King's since 2010, passionately preparing students for their post-secondary endeavours and connecting them to meaningful opportunities in the workplace. In addition to teaching, Christine has experience as a general manager with CARA Foods and a program coordinator in several government funded programs and charities focused on increasing employment opportunities (Skills For Employment, Life & Family, Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada, and the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario).

Co-operative Education at King’s is a unique learning opportunity that integrates classroom theory with practical experience in the workplace. It is based on a partnership between the school and business. It involves the participation of students, teachers, and placement supervisors.

The training received at the business location and the learning at school complement each other and provides students with credits (1, 2, 3, or 4) toward their graduation diploma.

CO-OPERATIVE EDUCATION WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND:

  • The practical aspects of a career
  • The demands of employment
  • The expectations of employers in a changing work environment

Students will:

  • Gain knowledge and attitudes necessary for successful job performance
  • Gain knowledge of resume writing, interviewing techniques, labour market and career trends
  • Learn to assume responsibility and acquire good work habits
  • Receive real world experience for their potential career
  • Be given options of varying time slots to accommodate different student timetables (morning, afternoon, evening and weekends)
  • Have a fluid program that allows for increased responsibilities/advancement for the student if excelling in placement position
  • Be able to rotate into various positions within the organization to gain a holistic view of the industry and/or career
  • Be placed at locations either close to school or home

Prior to a placement:

The placement supervisor will meet with the Director of Co-operative Education to:

  • Discuss health and safety issues, procedures, equipment and clothing requirements
  • Establish mutual expectations and responsibilities for the partnership
  • Determine a specific work site location for the student and a schedule of hours
  • Discuss the development of a Student Co-operative Education Learning Plan (SCELP)
  • Establish orientation procedures for the student
  • Discuss the student interview process. The interview allows both the student and the placement supervisor to meet one another, to understand their roles and responsibilities and to assess the match up with individual needs

During a placement:

The placement supervisor provides the following support:

  • Provides an orientation for the student
  • Provides a safe working and learning environment with appropriate safety procedures
  • Provides on-site supervision
  • Assists in the development of a Student Co-operative Education Learning Plan (SCELP)
  • Consults with the Director of Co-operative Education by phone or email and during on-site visits
  • Provides a variety of work experiences to assist students in developing their skills and extend learning from school to the workplace
  • Provides the student with feedback on a regular basis
  • Completes a mid-term and final Student Performance Appraisal

Co-operative Education Placements to Date


Students have successfully participated in placements at the following locations:

  • Hospitals: Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga Hospital, Queensway Health Centre, Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, Joseph Brant Hospital
  • Healthcare Facilities: Shopper’s Drug Mart Pharmacy, Dundas Neyagawa Medical Centre and Pharmacy, Reflex Medical Centre and Pharmacy, Oakville Centre for Vision, Chartwell Retirement Residences, The Halton Centre for Cognitive Therapy and Stress Reduction, & others
  • Dentistry: River Oaks Dental, Oakville Dental, Periodontal Associates, & others
  • Technology: ProServeIT Corporation, AV Canada, Mapletek Computers, Oakville Tech, & others
  • Sales and Marketing: Revlon Canada, Toronto Rock Lacrosse, Golf Town, InSchoolwear, Bluenotes, Waffles International, & others
  • Creative Arts: Pipeline Studios, Innovative Arts
  • Tourism & Hospitality: Holiday Inn Oakville, Kelsey’s
  • Education and Child Development: John Knox Christian School, Fernhill School, Joshua Creek Public School, Linbrook School for Boys, White Pines Montessori School, Wildwood Academy, Milton Community Resource Centre, & others
  • Media: Rogers Media, Cogeco
  • Engineering and Architecture: Bystronic Canada Ltd., Belanger Engineering, Our Cool Blue Architects, & others
  • Construction & Skilled Trades: Tamarack Lumber, New Electric, Wolfe Exteriors, WPE Landscape Equipment, & others
  • Automotive Sales and Service: Oakville Autos, Midas, AutoSpa, & others
  • Animal Care: Oakpark Pet Hospital, Cornwall Animal Hospital, Oakville and Milton Humane Society, City of Burlington Animal Services, Milton Equine Hospital, & others
  • Aviation: Near North Aviation, Spectrum Airways
  • Law: Halton Community Legal Services, Catherine A. Egboye Law Office
  • Finance: Harvest Portfolios Group, Trillium Health Partners Foundation
  • Real Estate: Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services, Century 21 Pace Realty Corp.