Work Experience & Co-op
All programs combine classroom learning with learning on the job. Graduation from the majority of NSCC programs is dependent on the successful completion of a practical learning component, or Industry Practicum.
Co-operative (Co-op) Education
NSCC offers over 40 diploma programs that are eligible for Co-op Education. Co-op is a credit course completed between the first and second year of study for a minimum of 12 weeks of paid employment.
NSCC is committed to maintaining national standards in applied education. Our Co-op program follows the guidelines established by the Canadian Association for Cooperative Education (CAFCE). Students who successfully complete Co-op will have the Co-op designation reflected on their transcript and diploma. As more employers are recognizing the value of Co-op, this can set you apart from your competition.
NSCC programs provide opportunities to apply knowledge and skills through real work experiences that take place outside of the classroom. Many programs provide a work experience component during the Spring term. The schedule and frequency of work experiences; however, can vary by program.
Service Learning is a requirement for all NSCC programs. Combining service to the community with learning helps students develop critical thinking, leadership, ethical decision-making, social consciousness and civic responsibility. Service learning experiences vary by program and are defined by program specific learning outcomes and community needs.
Co-op Employer Guide: 2013 (723 KB)
Co-op Student Guide: 2013 (900 KB)
Work Experience Guides
Work Experience Student Guide: 2013 (773 KB)