A co-operative education program integrates a student’s academic studies with work experience in co-operative education employer organizations. The plan is for the student to alternate periods of experience in appropriate fields of business, industry, government, social services and the professions in accordance with the following criteria:
Co-operative education plays an integral role in Red River College’s mission of providing high-quality educational and training opportunities. Co-operative education at Red River College is delivered through a decentralized system in order to reflect the unique situation of each department and ensure relevance to the industry served by the program.
All certificate and diploma programs at Red River College which are designated as co-operative education programs comply with the definition based upon the by-laws of the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE).
As a student, you are eligible for co-operative education when you register for the following programs (work term in brackets):
In optional co-op programs, you can apply after first year. Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average 2.0 with a complete work load in order to be considered for co-operative education.
Benefits of taking a co-op education program are:
RRC makes every effort to secure work placements for all co-op students. However, RRC does not unconditionally guarantee a work placement to students who enroll in programs using co-operative education.
For more information about becoming a co-op student, speak to the program co-op coordinator.
Co-operative Education helps build rewarding partnerships between RRC and industry – employers benefit from enthusiastic, skilled workers who are ready to contribute, while students gain practical work experience.
Co-operative Education rewards your business by:
Co-op students can help your business, as they:
Co-operative education work placements must be developed and/or approved as suitable learning situations by the College, and the student’s progress on the job must be supervised by the employer, monitored by the College and evaluated by both the employer and the College.
Work placements must provide students with an opportunity to augment as much as possible their academic studies. It is essential that the employer provide supervision to the student throughout the work term and evaluate the student at the end of the work term.
Students are paid by the employer during the work terrm and the wage paid to the student should be the entry-level wage for the position and in no case can it be less than minimum wage. When possible, the placements should provide for full-time employment.
Steps to become a co-op employer:
If you’re an employer who would like to post a job opportunity, please visit Job Central, our student job board.
For Science Laboratory Technology:
For Business Information Technology and Business Technology Management:
For Culinary Arts, Hotel and Restaurant Administration, Hospitality and Tourism Management, plus Professional Baking and Patisserie:
For Civil Engineering Technology and Construction Management:
For Integrated Science and Technology Access:
For Greenhouse Horticulture:
For Cabinetry and Woodworking Technology:
For Electrical Engineering Technology, Electronic Engineering Technology and Instrumentation Engineering Technology:
For Mechanical Engineering Technology: