About Co-operative Education at King’s

Christine Vatcher brings experience in business and education spanning 18 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.


  • 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
  • Medical Clinics and Specialists: Vascular Health Bronte, Palermo ENT, Royal Oak Clinic, Palms Medical Centre, Reflex Medical Centre, & others
  • Pharmacy: Shopper’s Drug Mart Pharmacy, Real Canadian Superstore Loblaw Pharmacy, Dundas Neyagawa Medical Centre and Pharmacy, Oak Lake Medical Centre and Pharmacy, & others
  • DentistryRiver Oaks Dental, Oakville Dental, Periodontal Associates, Dentistry Plus, & others
  • Healthcare: Halton Region Paramedic Services, Oakville Rehab Centre, Oakville Centre for Vision, Brampton Family Eye Care, Chartwell Retirement Residences, The Halton Centre for Cognitive Therapy and Stress Reduction, Tufford Medical Aesthetics, & others
  • Animal CareOakpark Pet Hospital, Cornwall Animal Hospital, Oakville and Milton Humane Society, City of Burlington Animal Services, Milton Equine Hospital, & others
  • Technology: ProServeIT, Digital Fire, ZPI Software, AV Canada, Mapletek Computers, Oakville Tech, Compumobile, & others
  • Engineering and ArchitectureBystronic Canada Ltd., Belanger Engineering, Our Cool Blue Architects, & others
  • Aviation & AerospaceNear North Aviation, Spectrum Airways, Patlon Aircraft & Industries
  • Construction & Skilled Trades: Tamarack Lumber, Meadowbrook Construction, Mikmada Homes, New Electric, Wolfe Exteriors, WPE Landscape Equipment, & others
  • Automotive Sales and Service: Master Mechanic, Midas, NAPA Autopro Eastside Auto Service, Oakville Autos, AutoSpa, Hagerty Garage + Social, & others
  • Education and Child Development: John Knox Christian School, Trinity Christian School, Fernhill School, Linbrook School for Boys, Joshua Creek Public School, Wildwood Academy, White Pines Montessori School, Mathnasium, & others
  • Community and Social Services: Kerr Street Mission, Charis Foundation, Milton Community Resource Centre, Inner City Outreach, My Women Support, & others
  • Business, Sales, and Marketing: Revlon Canada, Petro-Canada, Energy Powersports, Kiehl’s, Benjamin Moore, Mechanix Wear, Corbett’s Source for Sports, Award Pool, & others
  • Finance: Trillium Health Partners Foundation, Primerica, Harvest Portfolios Group, EP Accounting Services, & others
  • Real EstateSave Max Real Estate, Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services, Re/Max Real Estate Centre Attia & Associates, & others
  • Law: Halton Community Legal Services, Carpenter Law, Swiderski Law, Abbey Lawyers, & others
  • Tourism and Hospitality: Courtyard Marriott, Holiday Inn, Opal Hospitality, Kelsey’s
  • Creative Arts: Pipeline Studios, Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Innovative Arts, Anu Raina, Mag-Z Cinematography, & others
  • Fitness, Sports, and Entertainment: Toronto Rock Lacrosse, Erin Mills Soccer Club, IBSA Basketball Training Academy, Oakville Blades, GoodLife Fitness, MAFA Martial Arts Fitness Academy, F45 Training, & others