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Mar 01
#SheridanWorks – Celebrating National Co-op and Work-Integrated Learning Month

Location - All campuses

 

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What is National Co-op and Work-Integrated Learning Month?

The month of March is designated by Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (CEWIL) Canada as a celebration of co-op and work-integrated learning (WIL). Sheridan is a proud member of CEWIL and our Career-Integrated Learning team is excited to promote the successes of our students, employers, WIL programs and our community partners and employers.

Throughout the month, our team has a number of planned activities. Please follow us on social and get involved using #SheridanWorks, and follow CEWIL month activities via #WILPower.

Why is Co-op and WIL Month important to our Sheridan community?

Our Career-Integrated Learning team, in partnership with all academic faculties, is committed to many forms of WIL including apprenticeship, field placement/experience, mandatory professional practice, internship and cooperative education. Sheridan delivers high-impact, quality, and diverse work-integrated learning; each year over 7,500 students participate in WIL. We believe in the value of reciprocal work-learn relationships between our students, faculty, employers and community partners.

Sheridan also has a long-standing and rich history of excellence in WIL. For over 30 years Sheridan has been providing co-op experiences to our students. Check out our anniversary video below:

Perhaps the best reason to celebrate WIL Month is our exceptional students: 

  • A Sheridan student has won the National Co-op Student of the Year Award in 6 of the last 8 years
  • A Sheridan student has won the Ontario Co-op Student of the Year Award in 6 of the last 7 years.
  • A Sheridan student won the inaugural Ontario WIL Student of the Year Award in 2018. 

Meet Lawrence Young, the 2018 National Co-op Student of the Year and Cristina Pereira, the 2018 Provincial WIL Student of the Year.

How does Sheridan prepare our students to be successful?

Sheridan’s Career-Integrated Learning team and faculties consider career education, competency development, and career preparation as critical to our students’ success. We deliberately integrate career education into all forms of learning and we enable students to practice, reflect upon, understand, and apply their transferable skills. This happens in the classroom through experiential learning, in the workplace through work-integrated learning and outside of the classroom through our co-curricular activities.

Our Career-Integrated Learning approach provides opportunities for students to explore their strengths and career aspirations, experience and practice their skills, and connect with employers and new networks. With more than 50 years of history in enabling our students to be career ready, we know that this approach works. We know that #SheridanWorks!

  • Explore: We assist you in linking knowledge of self, strengths and purpose with diverse academic and career options.
  • Experience: Through work-integrated learning, experiential learning and co-curricular learning, you can improve your career resiliency, practice your transferable skills, and prepare for the world of work.
  • Connect: We facilitate introductions and relationships with employers, mentors, career events and job opportunities.

Are you an employer or community organization interested in employing or mentoring a student?

Sheridan students are highly skilled and creative, and we can help connect you with emerging talent from a range of programs. Ask us about financial incentives we have available for you when you hire a co-op student. WIL Month is a great time to connect with us.

Contact our team at sheridanworks@sheridancollege.ca

Success stories

Check out these co-op and WIL success stories to learn more about the dynamic students we have putting their skills to work:

Alex Thompson, Interaction Design

Read about Alex's experience working with one of the world's largest web corporations - Facebook - as part of a coveted three-month internship opportunity in London, England.

Alex Thompson, a Sheridan Interaction Design student, standing in front of a blue background

Americo Aparacio, Nursing 

Read about a 12-week practicum that brought Americo to Wawa, Ontario - a northern Ontario town of 3,000 residents and stunning landscapes. 

Nursing student Americo Aparacio posing in the woods in Wawa, Ontario 

Tsvetelina Stoykova, Business Administration - Marketing

Read about Tsvetelina's experience gaining the equivalent of on-the-job training while in her classroom through a partnership with HubSpot.

Students around a computer on campus. 

Kaye Mao, Interaction Design

Read about how Kaye forged her own path that included an internship on the Google Cloud Team in New York City.

Kaye Mao