Co-op Education for Students

NOTE: The information on this page refers to the Business Information Technology, Business Technology Management and Information Security programs.

Co-operative education blends on-the-job experience with classroom studies by incorporating a paid employment term as part of your academic program. Co-operative education extends the learning process beyond Red River College into the professional business world by forming a partnership between you, your employer and the College.

What Programs Offer Co-Op Education?

Red River College integrates co-op education in some academic programs. In the Computer and Information Systems Technology area, three of our programs have a term of co-op/practicum:

Student Benefits

As a co-operative education student, you play an active role and assume responsibility for the learning process. Co-operative education enables you to relate classroom study to real-life work settings. It provides you with opportunities to experience the practical aspect of your chosen field and to get a clearer understanding of the requirements and expectations of employers.

Who Should Apply?

To apply for a co-operative education placement, you must have completed all courses in the first three semesters and have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.

Some federal government jobs are only applicable to Canadian citizens.

Co-op Education Work Term Fee

All students enrolled in a co-operative education work term are required to pay a co-operative education fee. This fee covers the costs associated with developing and operating co-operative education programs. Co-operative education fees include all mandatory student and technology fees. The fee for a co-op work term is a reduced fee from a four-month academic term.

Work Placement

Red River College makes every effort to secure work placement for all co-operative education students. However, the College does not unconditionally guarantee a work placement to students who enroll in programs with co-operative education. As an option, you may choose to enrol in an industry project at the ACE Project Space as part of your co-op/practicum term.

Job Placements for Students

The Applied Computer Education department has partnerships with organizations providing co-operative education opportunities for our students. The following are just some of the organizations that offer co-op term opportunities:

  • Manitoba Hydro
  • Skip the Dishes
  • Great West life
  • Wawanesa Insurance
  • Bold Commerce

Additional Information

For additional information about requirements for co-operative education, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Red River College Program and Course Catalogue
  2. Under Full-time Programs, from the Choose Your Interest dropdown list, select Computer and Information Systems Technology
  3. From the Choose Your Program dropdown list, select the program of your choice
  4. On the program page, from the menu, select CO-OP/Practicum Information

Contact Us

For more information about co-operative education related to Computer and Information Systems Technology programs, please contact:

Dan Greenberg
Coordinator, Co-op Education
Applied Computer Education
Red River College
P414B – 160 Princess St.
Winnipeg, MB  R3B 1K9
Phone: 204-949-8382