Co-op Credits fall into 3 categories:
School Graduation Credit- which would most likely be tied
to a co-op placement in an area that does not require post secondary
High School Credit-
can be obtained for placements in a field that usually requires
postsecondary education. More skill and higher expectations would be
associated with this type of placement.
High School Academic Credit- is the highest co-op credit designation. Rightly so, it is the credit that demands the highest level requirements throughout the program.
NOTE: Every co-op placement is individually accessed as they each are built around their own particular circumstances. It is very likely that you could have 2 students doing a placement in very similar environments, trades, or professions; but working towards two different credits. Due to the fact that that the credit designation is not so much based on the type of co-op chosen, but more on how that co-op is executed.
Things like the level and depth of the career exploration exercise, the extent of the overall learning plan, as well as the degree and magnitude of the reflection component; would be monumental in deciding the difference between accreditations. Other important considerations for the distinction would include the responsibilities and level of participation of the student in each placement.
So, once again; it not so much the type of placement as it is in the commitment and level of participation that the student is willing and able to put into their co-op. For example; a trade co-op that requires a high level of responsibility and skill development accompanied with in-depth study and documentation is clearly worth more than a professional co-op that is restricted to mere observation, accompanied by limited exploration and/or minimal documentation.
Each student with the blessing of their parent/guardian and consultation of the co-op teacher; should decide on the credit being pursued by the end of the 25 hr