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Overview of the Program
Yorkdale Secondary School is pleased to offer a two credit co-operative education program every quadmester to its students. EdVance co-op is for students who are interested in gaining valuable work experience, developing workplace essential skills and investigating the resources and support required for success in their careers. Students will explore occupations and fields of interest through participation in real workplace experiences while earning 2 credits per quad and up to 4 credits per school year.

Structure of EdVance Co-op Program

  • Students are enrolled in Ed-Vance co-op
  • Students must complete a 2 week in class pre-placement component that includes Health and Safety
  • Students are placed in a real workplace setting for over 6 weeks
  • Co-op placements run Tuesdays – Friday from 1-5 pm
  • Integration classes are held Mondays
  • Total credits: 2

EdVance Co-operative Education Opportunities at Yorkdale Secondary school can lead to:

  • OYAP The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program a school-to-work transition program offered through Ontario secondary schools. Full-time students in Grades 11 and 12 earn co-operative education credits through work placements in skilled trades.
  • A Career and new experiences – Co-op allows students to explore real work experiences of their choice and to gain a valuable understanding of the job role
  • Choices of Post Secondary School or Training – students become aware and explore the requirement and training required for a specified career, job or trade
  • Part-time or full-time work at the placement – in the past some students have been offered a paid position by the company once the co-op program has been successfully completed

Examples of Co-op Student Placements and Community Partners

Michelle Baguette (Yorkdale Mall)
Shoppers Drug Mart
Honda Canada
The Royal Ontario Museum
Casa Loma
Ford Canada
Yorkdale Ford
Premier Fitness
Adrenalin Fitness
Pet Time
DAS Auto
Christine’s Exquisites Salon
Home Depot
YWCA Women’s Shelter
Blue Skye Wholesale
Hispanic Development Council
Remax Canada Ltd.
Toronto Wildlife Centre
Staples Business Depot
Urban Behaviour
Infotech Computers
COSTI Employment Services
Yorktown Child and Family Centre