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March 19-23 is National Co-op Week

March 19-23 is National Co-op Week

Co-operative education plays a major role in the UVic student experience as 25 per cent of eligible students take part in co-op—the second highest participation rate for Canadian universities.

From March 19-23, 2012, the University of Victoria’s Co-operative Education Program and Career Services will join post-secondary institutions from across Canada to celebrate co-operative education during National Co-operative Education Week. This week is part of a national celebration that is organized by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE), of which UVic is a member.

Co-operative education, or co-op, connects university students with paid work experience related to their fields of study. One in four UVic students take part in a co-op program and UVic Co-op and Career places students from 47 academic disciplines in more than 2,600 co-op work terms each year. Students work for employers here on Vancouver Island, across Canada and around the world.

“Co-op is incredibly valuable to students, employers and our community,” says Norah McRae, executive director of UVic’s Co-operative Education Program and Career Services. “Co-op students put their competencies into practice in the workplace and employers are able to engage with bright, energetic students who want to make a difference. Everyone benefits.”

A January 2010 Ipsos Reid report on the impact of co-op in Canadian post-secondary education found that 83% of respondents who participated in a co-op program felt that co-op helped improve their integration into the work place and assisted with their academic learning.

How can you celebrate National Co-op Week on campus?  

Contact/Organizer name: Joy Poliquin

Contact/Organizer e-mail: poliquin@uvic.ca

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