Co-operative Education is a process which formally integrates academic study with paid, related work experience.

Fanshawe has more Co-op programs than any college in Canada with 38 Co-op programs in everything from Fashion Design to Civil Engineering Technology. More than just a job, Co-op positions provide students with opportunities to:

  • Apply the theory learned in college to work situations
  • Gain valuable work experience before they graduate
  • Develop and refine career plans
  • Earn while they learn
  • Develop job search, interview and communications skills
  • Learn valuable life skills through real work experience.


The Co-operative Education Department has consultants who deliver classes, counsel and advise students, maintain records, market and promote programs, co-ordinate and identify a variety of employment opportunities, and monitor work performance. Before the first work term, they will explain in detail how the co-op program works and prepare students for employment. Consultants have hundreds of employer contacts and they can steer you in the right direction to find a job in which you can apply your knowledge and hone your skills.


Student responsibilities:
Students are expected to:

  • maintain satisfactory academic achievement
  • actively search for co-op positions
  • compete for employment opportunities
  • participate in and attend scheduled co-op classes and appointments and maintain communication with co-op educator
  • be mobile; students have worked in jobs all across Ontario, in other provinces, and even in other countries
  • perform as a regular, useful and motivated employee once hired
  • students are monitored by the co-op educator and evaluated by the employer.


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