Are you a internationally-trained professional?
Do you have a professional degree and experience from your home country?
Do you need Canadian work experience?
Do you already have strong English skills (CLB 6 or higher)?
The Internationally-Trained Professional Co-op Program will provide you the opportunity to:
- Develop job search skills, write a resume, practice interviewing skills and the ability to research a variety of companies for a planned learning experiential (co-op placement).
- Acquire the essential skills required for success in all types of businesses and industries. Focus on decision making, self-management and teamwork, conflict and negotiation, legislation governing workplace issues, organizational culture and diversity
- Learn effective business communication skills, social ethics and responsibility practiced in Canada
- Obtain valuable job training and experiences at an entry level unpaid co-op placement
- Develop skills necessary to network effectively and gain potential professional Canadian references.
- Earn four optional Ontario Secondary School Credits
Classroom Learning (7 weeks) - During classroom learning, learners will earn two credits simultaneously: GLN4O – Navigating the Workplace and ESLDO – ESL Level 4.
Course #1 - Navigating the Workplace, Grade 12, Open (GLN4O)
This course provides students with opportunities to develop the workplace essential skills and work habits required for success in all types of workplaces. Students will explore occupations and careers of interest through participation in real workplace experiences. They will make plans for continued learning and work, work with others to design learning experiences, and investigate the resources and support required to make a smooth transition to their postsecondary destination.
Course #2 - English as a Second Language ESL Level 4 Open (ESLDO)
This course prepares students to use English with increasing fluency and accuracy in classroom and social situations and to participate in Canadian society as informed citizens. Students will develop the oral-presentation, reading, and writing skills required for success in all school subjects. They will extend listening and speaking skills through participation in discussions and seminars; study and interpret a variety of grade-level texts; write narratives, articles, and summaries in English; and respond critically to a variety of print and media texts.
Classes start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday and learners must be able to commit to these hours for the duration, with no exceptions. To ensure success in the program, learners need to be committed to their goals.
Co-operative Education Placement (14 weeks, unpaid)
The adult learners who have successfully completed the in-class portion of the program (i.e. obtain a passing mark in both the courses) will be eligible for a planned learning experience (co-op placement) related to their chosen profession.
The co-operative education program includes: the classroom component and community component.
The classroom component (offered online) ensures that students are:
- Prepared for their community experience, demonstrating the skills and knowledge required before the start of their community component;
- Focused on integrating their learning throughout the course.
The community component ensures that students are:
- Place in a planned learning experience within the community to inquire and reflect on their experiences to order to gain a greater knowledge of themselves and their opportunities
- Able to develop, practice and refine the skills, knowledge and expectations that reflect current workplace practices and standards.
The co-op community component (placement) is not paid. The adult learner will research co-op placements in partnership with teachers. To secure a placement the adult learner must be interviewed.
Courses are offered at the following two adult learning centres:
Brian J. Fleming Catholic Adult Learning Centre
870 Queen Street West, Mississauga
St. Gabriel Adult Learning Centre
3750 Brandon Gate Drive, Mississauga
Map of Locations
Note: All Adult and Continuing Education Offices are open for phone consultations only. Please contact the Brian J. Fleming Adult Learning Centre at 905-891-3034 or the St. Gabriel Adult Learning Centre at 905-362-0701 for registration information. You can also contact us by email at AdultandContEdInfo@dpcdsb.org