What is a Co-op program? Why it is important?

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What is a Co-op program? Why it is important?

Co-op stands for Cooperative Education, which is a structured method of combining classroom-based education with practical work experience.  Attending a Co-op program can also help you pay for a portion of your tuition. In addition, graduates from co-op programs are statistically more likely to be offered higher-paying jobs


What are the benefits of co-op?

A co-op program can be a great addition to your degree. During the co-op, you will:


  • Have a field knowledge of the career you will be engaged in. You can then make a clearer judgment about whether you like it or not.
  • Gain work experience that will make you more competitive in the job market.
  • Build a network with employers
  • Learn and practice resume writing and interviewing skills
  • You can earn a certificate or degree along with earning your income.

Also, you’ll have a co-instructor who will be able to guide you to the field hand-in-hand, which most non-co-op students do not have.

Can international students enroll in co-op programs?

The answer is yes! As an international student, the application process for a study permit is the same as any other program. You need to prepare:


Proof of acceptance

A letter of acceptance from the school you will attend

Proof of identity

When applying for your study permit, you and each family member who comes with you to Canada must have:

Proof of financial support

You can prove your funds with: your bank statements for the past 4 months, or Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC), etc.


The difference is that when you complete the in-class lecture and prepare for the Co-op, you need to apply for a co-op work permit. At this time, you need the following materials for your application:


You have a valid study permit 

Work is required to complete your study program in Canada 

You have a letter from your school that confirms all students in your program need to complete work placements to get their degree, and 

Your co-op placement or internship totals 50% or less of your study program


Note: You are not eligible to apply for a Co-op work permit when you are enrolled in an English or French as a second language (ESL/FSL) course, general courses or courses to prepare for another study program. In this situation, you may need to apply for a work permit to be able to work in Canada.

Co-op programs in CCC


CCC offers a number of programs with co-op:

Business Administration 

The 96-week Business Administration Diploma with Co-op program is designed to prepare students for a managerial or administrative position in the field of retail, finance, marketing, and more.

You will learn various business administration functions include: management, accounting, marketing, communication, and organizational behavior.

Digital Marketing

Upon the completion of this program, students will be able to demonstrate reliable knowledge and skills such as:

  • Describe the online and digital marketing environment and opportunities for various organizations
  • Develop a solid digital marketing strategic plan for organizations from start-ups to complex businesses
  • Conduct thorough market research for products and services
  • Identify the right platform for online advertising
  • Create a suitable social media marketing plan following a market research
  • Identify and develop online ads based on the business goals and target market
  • Utilize online marketing technologies such as SEO, Ad campaigns, Google and Bing analytics
  • Set up marketing platforms on popular platforms such as Google, Bing, and Facebook

Hospitality Management

CCC’s hospitality program is in partnership with AHLEI, whose certifications are recognized globally with a good reputation. This program is divided into a two-year diploma program and a one-year certificate program, both of which involve a half-time paid co-op period.

This course aims to develop the basic management and operational skills required in the hospitality industry. The co-op period lasting from six months to a year is a great opportunity to apply your knowledge to your professional field. Co-op is particularly beneficial for international students, as the co-op provides valuable Canadian work experience that will improve students’ competitive edge in the job market.

Health Care Assistant (HCA) 

The demand for health care in Canada is strong. The average annual salary in the health care industry is also on the rise, with an average annual salary of $45,091 in BC in 2020.

Our 62-week full-time Health Care Assistant (HCA) diploma program consists of 25.5 weeks of lecture, 5.5 weeks of practicum, and 31 weeks of Co-op. You can gain considerable clinical experience through practice. Upon completion of HCA 100 — HCA 900, you will be eligible to register with  BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry to become registered Health Care assistants. 

For more information, please visit on: http://ccccollege.com/diploma-programs-career-college