Co-operative Education and Other Forms of Experiential Learning
The Upper Grand District School Board and the Wellington Catholic District School Board, in a unique and unparalleled partnership, have collaborated since 1976 to jointly manage the Co-operative Education program. Shared policies, procedures, facilities and personnel have strengthened the experiential learning programs for students. With the amalgamation of the Wellington County Board of Education and the Dufferin County Board of Education in 1998, schools and students in Dufferin County are also served. In September 2000, Upper Grand District School Board and Wellington Catholic District School Board combined their individual Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Programs (OYAP) into a single OYAP program with joint personnel and practices.
Experiential learning can assist all students, including exceptional students, who are bound for apprenticeship, college, university, or the workplace in making career decisions as well as in developing the knowledge skills and attitudes that are essential in today's society. All forms of experiential learning are a valuable complement to students' academic experiences and preparation for the future. Both Boards are committed to developing pathways for students to aid them in choosing courses that relate to their future career goals. These pathways will include some form of experiential learning in varying degrees.
Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)
The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program works hand in hand with the Co-operative Education Program in the Upper Grand and Wellington Catholic District School Boards. OYAP is a specialized school to work option that offers students co-operative education credits for work experience placements in skilled trades. These work experiences for Grade 11 and 12 students are intended to open the door to apprenticeship opportunities during a student's senior high school years and can lead to apprenticeship registration for students..