Getting a head start in the workforce with Lakehead’s Cooperative Education program
By Kristen Bohonis
This year, the Cooperative Education program is fortunate to have a number of hard working students on placements. Using Co-op as a gateway for future careers, these students are showcasing Lakehead talent across Canada.
Alysha Duivesteyn is a 2nd year Kinesiology student currently working at Ontario Power Generation (OPG). She is using her learned knowledge and skills to successfully apply herself in the work force. Some of her achievements include organizing a Spencer Speaks presentation for staff at OPG, representing her company at the Woman in Nuclear conference, and being a part of the process for positive reinforcement parking pass initiative.
Jeffrey James is a 3rd year electrical engineering student also working at OPG. Lakehead has prepared him with his academics to successfully apply his knowledge of engineering in the workplace. He is learning a lot on the job and enjoys going to work every day to learn something new. Jeffrey says, “The greatest benefit to working at OPG is the professional development and opportunity to work on large scale projects.”
These students, among many others, have recognized the benefits to cooperative education. They have made long lasting connections, gained valuable experience and will shine in their future careers.
The co-op program is offered currently to students in the following programs: Business, Engineering, Computer Science, Economics, Environmental Management/Sustainability, Forestry, Kinesiology, and Physics. There are many benefits to taking Cooperative Education. Not only do students graduate with relevant work experience that is valued by future employers, but they also have the opportunity to network, explore new skills, earn money to pay for education costs, and find jobs more easily after graduation. Co-op placements occur anywhere in Canada, allowing students to grow opportunities for themselves across the country! Who wouldn’t want to graduate with lower student debt and excellent job opportunities?
We invite all eligible students to participate in the Co-op experience! Come see us at the Student Success Centre (SC 0008, down the hall from Campus Tech) or contact our Co-op and Employer Relations Officer, Kristen Bohonis (e: firstname.lastname@example.org or t: 343-8986) for more information.