Welcome To the Merivale High School Co operative Education Program

Lead Teacher: Mark VanVolkingburgh

Co operative Education, also identified as Experiential learning, can assist all students, including exceptional students, who are bound for university, college, apprenticeship, 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 experience and preparation for the future.


Student Community Partners

At any given point in the semester, we have upwards of 25 students working with community partners throughout the Ottawa region in settings such as, retail, theatre, design, digital media/marketing, hydro electric, auto service industry, animal care, and various medical fields.

We strive to match the varied student interests with appropriate community partners. If you have an idea for a community partner, we will do our best to make it happen.  

See below for information that may provide further information surrounding our program,  

General Co op information,

What is Co op?

The Benefits of Co op?

Role of the Co op Supervisor?

Success Stories/Stars

Additional Resources

Not currently attending school? Winning Attitudes!


Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program(OYAP)

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a specialized program that enables students who are 16 years of age or older to meet diploma requirements while participating in an occupation that requires apprenticeship.

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Below is an overview of OYAP programming and its benefit.

The following video will provide viewers with some meaningful statistics on the value of considering an Apprenticeship/trade pathway as the right course of action for you.

Interested in Learning more about the benefits of Ontario Youth Apprenticeship opportunities for your co op student?

Visit, the OYAP website at:

Co operative Education Forms

Prospective Community Partner

Community Partner and Parental Automobile Release

Workplace Safety Insurance Act overview: Work Education Agreement

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