This semester we welcome Mr. Cameron Winmill to Bayside and to the Co-op Department. Mr. Winmill will work with Mr. Morrow as a co-op teacher specialist and we are pleased to add his talents to our experiential learning team.
Before starting their placements in late September, our Co-op students studied employment rights and responsibilities and they earned certifications in WHMIS and workplace safety. They gained the real-life experience of using their resumes, cover letters and career research skills in their interviews with potential co-op employers.
Our Co-op placements reflect the many interests and possible career directions of our students. These include science and engineering, fashion, graphic design, medical and dental, and many service industries. Our skilled trade partnerships continue to thrive and once again we have excellent training placements in automotive, plumbing, electrical, construction and many skilled trades. We currently have a student in an outstanding training opportunity in the Construction Engineering shops at CFB Trenton and we hope to continue this placement next semester.
Bayside’s hairstyle apprentices started their professional training at St. Lawrence College on September 14th. They go to college one day a week, and then continue to learn in their co-op placements. This gives them the exciting prospect of graduating from high school in June not only with the Ontario Secondary School Diploma, but as a registered apprentice with Part 1 Qualifications and many hours of employable experience. Next semester, our students will be participating in the Ontario Youth Apprentice Program as carpenters, cooks, brick masons, construction craft-workers, early childhood educators, and automotive service technicians.
Co-op provides dynamic opportunities to explore potential careers and to reflect carefully on post-secondary destinations. It’s a great experience that develops useful knowledge and skills and it often helps students with the transition from school to further education, training or employment.