New Co-Op Program at Blyth Academy Yorkville

I am the Cooperative Education Coordinator at Blyth Academy Yorkville. Cooperative Education is the fastest growing area of Secondary School Education. It combines classroom theory with practical experience in the workplace. Two High School credits are awarded to students upon their successful demonstration of learning expectations from the in-school curriculum, as well as a successful Workplace Placement.

In order to achieve success in the workplace, students will be supported in their learning by me, the Guidance Department, as well as a Workplace Supervisor, throughout the duration of the Co-op experience. At Blyth Academy Yorkville, Cooperative Education is offered from April 30, 2018 – June 22, 2018. Students will work between five and seven hours per day, for approximately five, full days per week. I have students who are interested in working in the following fields:
• Athletics
• Music & Film Production
• Construction & the Trades
• Real-estate
• Not-for-Profit & For-Profit Organizations

You may be asking yourself, “What are the benefits to me and my corporation?” There are many benefits to having a Co-op student volunteer for your corporation, including:
• The knowledge that you are giving back to the community while building the workforce of Ontario
• Providing students with work experience
• Tax incentive:
• For more information:

All students are responsible & very keen to start working. Would you be interested in having a Cooperative Education student volunteer with you and your organization?

– Virginia Willems-Rossman
Cooperative Education Coordinator

Though our physical doors remain temporarily closed, the minds of our students stay open. Summer classes are continuing to meet on their regular daily schedules, in virtual classrooms with face-to-face instruction and peer interaction.  The Blyth Academy model of small class sizes, flexible scheduling and individualized approach have enabled us to remain faithful to our standards. Our commitment to ongoing and meaningful communication between school, teachers, students and families has been critical to this effort.

Although our students have transitioned into summer mode and COVID-19 restrictions have begun to loosen, we are looking ahead to what September will hold for our campuses and families.
We want to be clear - our preference and our priority is to get students back to our campuses, but we must ensure this is done in a safe and effective way. While we await official guidance from Public Health and the Ministry of Education, a "return to school" task force has been hard at work putting concrete operational plans in place for all likely scenarios. This includes a full return to campus with safeguards, a blended model of virtual and in-campus learning and the continuation of fully virtual classrooms. All scenarios will provide robust learning and live, daily instruction and interaction with teachers and peers. 
With ten campuses across Ontario, we realize that each one of our schools is a unique space and community. We will be implementing across-the-board policies on hand washing, facility cleaning and social distancing measures. Each school is also prepared to pivot individually based on the guidance of local health authorities and to best serve students and families. 
Our recent survey showed that over 80 per cent of Blyth Academy families are eager to return to campuses, and we are hard at work to prepare for this day. As September's scenario becomes clearer and more information becomes available, we will continue to communicate. 

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