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Cooperative education, also known as "co-op education", is a unique approach to learning that combines classroom instruction with practical work experience. In a co-op program, students alternate between academic semesters and paid work terms, allowing them to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world situations. This hands-on approach to education is particularly valuable because it helps students develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their chosen field, while also providing them with valuable work experience and professional connections.

These programs typically last for four or five years, and they require students to complete three work terms in order to graduate with recognition of the experience on a student’s transcript. During work terms, students are employed by companies or organizations in their chosen field, where they are given meaningful work assignments and opportunities to learn from experienced professionals. This combination of academic study and practical work experience will help students build a strong foundation for their future careers, and will help participating students make valuable connections in industry.