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:
- each work placement is developed and/or approved by the College as a suitable learning situation;
- the co-operative education student is engaged in productive work rather than merely observing;
- the co-operative education student receives remuneration for the work performed;
- the co-operative education student’s progress on the job is monitored by the College;
- the co-operative education student’s performance on the job is supervised and evaluated by the student’s co-operative education employer;
- the total co-operative education work experience is usually not less thirty percent of the time spent in academic study.
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):
- Business Information Technology (January – April, May – August)
- Business Technology Management
- Cabinetry and Woodworking Technology (May – August)
- Civil Engineering Technology (May to October)
- Construction Management (May to October)
- Electrical / Electronic / Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technology (May – August)
- Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Professional Baking and Pastry (May to August, September – December)
- Mechanical Engineering Technology (May to August)
- Science Laboratory Technology (May – August)
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:
- provides you an opportunity to apply knowledge in a work setting
- helps you clarify your career direction
- assists in developing your confidence in your skills and abilities
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.
Eligible students can apply for the Co-operative Education Manitoba Student of the Year award.
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:
- Filling your short-term staffing needs economically
- Reducing your recruitment and training costs
- Freeing your employees for higher priority work
- Offering additional resources for special projects
- Providing productive workers during peak times
- Giving you regular input to College Curricula
- Helping train your future workforce
Co-op students can help your business, as they:
- are immediately productive during summer employment and upon graduation
- can provide their own laptop computers with the latest versions of software ready for use in your company
- are an ideal resource to fill temporary human resource needs during staff leaves or for short-term projects
- can reduce recruiting costs by allowing for the assessment of students for future employment
- give your employees the opportunity to mentor bright, enthusiastic students, and assist in the training of their future colleagues
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:
- Determine that you have employment for a student in a co-operative education program.
- Contact the co-operative education coordinator in that program area.
- Complete a job offer form for the position.
- Evaluate the resumes provided to you by the co-operative education coordinator.
- Interview the students that meet your employment criteria.
- Select the best candidate for your needs.
- Benefit from a well-trained and highly motivated student employee who wants to work and to learn.
If you’re an employer who would like to post a job opportunity, please visit Job Central, our student job board.
School of Health Sciences and Community Sciences
For Science Laboratory Technology:
School of Business and Applied Arts
For Business Information Technology and Business Technology Management:
For more information, visit this page.
School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts
For Culinary Arts, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Tourism Management, plus Professional Baking and Pastry:
School of Construction and Engineering Technologies
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:
School of Transportation, Aviation and Manufacturing
For Mechanical Engineering Technology: