We invite you to become a part of developing the next generation of Canada’s workforce.
Hamilton District Christian High Cooperative Education links academic learning with the workplace through practical work experiences that are integrated with the learning objectives of the program of studies.
These programs provide students with the opportunity to develop significant networks and relationships with qualified professionals.
This placement has strongly reinforced my expected plans and has shown me that engineering is a job that will keep me on my toes, solving new problems and finishing exciting project.” ~ Ethan @ LIV Communities
Exceptional, motivated candidates.
Venture students can provide your workplace with short-term assistance for particular projects and a variety of workplace tasks.
We will connect you with qualified, motivated candidates who are ready to learn on the job and contribute to your organization or business. Students apply for a position by submitting a resume and completing an interview, before the employer confirms the position.
Benefits to Employers
Employers often indicate that they benefit from the energy, fresh ideas, knowledge, and skills of co-op students. Co-op placements provide employers with the opportunity to assess new talent for recruitment after graduation. In some cases, Co op students are able to complete their placement and then join the company as summer employees or full time workers in the future.
Cooperative placements and hands-on learning can have a huge impact on the career paths of students. The opportunity to be placed in a business exposes a student to learning in a field they are interested and also to other potential career paths based on interactions with employees in different business units.~ Leah, HR Manager @ AXYZ International
HDCH Venture and Co-op students:
- Are interested & enthusiastic about work and careers
- Possess increasingly specific and relevant knowledge in varied industries
- Can immediately make meaningful, committed contributions to your business
We invite you to partner with us in one of the following ways:
- Review and provide constructive feedback on resumes and portfolios.
- Visit a class (as a topic speaker, expert audience panel member for a student presentation,“employer” in a mock interview session)
- Be a community mentor for a student in Venture (e.g. offer feedback support, resources, and advice on project topic for a Grade 11 project; via personal or electronic contact)
- Host a student for a Workplace Learning Placement. (1-5 days on site with Grade 11 student)
- Provide one semester (1/2 day or full day ) Cooperative Education work placement (Grade 11 or 12 student)
“I really enjoyed my placement at VanderMolen Farms. I got to continue working at my summer job for another week and that I got to look more into the business of dairy farming.” ~ Braden Z.
Become a Partner
For more information about how you can get involved with the Venture program, please contact:
Richard Van Egmond, Director of Venture & Cooperative Education
Hamilton District Christian High
(t) 905.648.6655 x 330
In a customized learning program with a personalized, project-based approach, venture students develop:
- competency in communication
- personal management skills
- creativity and problem-solving ability
- leadership capacity and teamwork
Student entry to the Venture Program is through applications and interviews with the Venture Director, Head of Student Services, and with prospective employers.
Pathways provide students with the following potential destinations:
- Skilled Trades
Support in our Community
Initially, the biggest challenge had been coordinating short term placements for the Grade 11 year. Businesses and organizations are familiar with the traditional full semester co-op format. Many are not aware that the high school program in Ontario also allows for students to spend up to 5 days at a work experience placement as part of a credit course, and not as many schools offer this option to their students.
“I have been impressed by how quickly employers and organizations are willing to implement an opportunity and agree to take one of our students, once they have the information about how this works and what the benefits are.”
Richard Van Egmond
Director of Venture and Cooperative Education