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Co-op students bring fresh energy to after-school programs

Keating Out of School Care

For over two decades, Keating Out of School Care (KOSC) has provided quality support for children attending École Keating Elementary. As well as running before- and after-school care, KOSC also operates full-day break camps, Pro-D Day programs and exciting summer adventure programs for children and youth in the Greater Victoria region.

KOSC has been a strong proponent of the University of Victoria’s (UVic’s) Co-operative Education (co-op) program; the non-profit childcare centre has been hiring co-op students for over 10 years.

“In the eight years I have worked at KOSC, I have had the opportunity to work alongside three co-op students,” says program manager Rachel Yukich. “Co-op students bring a fresh energy and an outside perspective to the program—they are very motivated to push themselves to develop their skills and achieve their full potential.”

Co-op students at KOSC are childcare leaders, working directly with children who are between the ages of 5 and 12, where they plan and lead dynamic programs. “We consider our jobs done when the kids are having so much fun that they don’t want to go home,” notes Yukich.

Yukich recognizes the mutually beneficial relationship that comes with hiring a co-op student. “As an employer, you benefit from hard-working employees who are passionate about what they do and are eager to learn and grow,” she says. “The students, in turn, get to put their learning into practice in a supportive environment.”

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