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The Canadian Association for Co-operative Education lists the following benefits to students who participate in co-operative education programs:

  • A well-rounded education, enriched by practical application of classroom learning.
  • Documented practical experience, a resumé, job search skills and a network of contacts upon graduation.
  • Financial remuneration, which helps offset educational costs.
  • Maturity and self-esteem as productive members of the workforce, as well as confidence and skills developed through working with others.
  • Opportunities to gain relevant employment skills and realistic expectations of the workforce before graduation.
  • Opportunities to test and gain broader understanding of career options, often in a variety of employment settings.
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