Am I ready to begin the TRANSITION from a high school learning environment to a university learning environment? Do I take advantage of new learning opportunities? Do I see myself studying full-time at the University level in the near future?
UCEP is a unique experiential and transitional Cooperative Education program available only to senior students (grade 12 or 5 th year) who are enrolled in the Waterloo Catholic District School Board
UCEP Earn multiple high school credits Participate in project and research work Achieve a first year university credit
Co-op (15 hours per week) University Course Religion – HRE4M MATH - MCV4U (Vectors/Calculus) English – ENG4U MATH - MHF 4UI ( Analytical Functions) English Writer’s Craft – EWC4U take either one or two Grade 12 courses : The Grade 12 courses offered are based on student enrolment participate in a co-op placement and earn two co-op credits take a University course in an area of interest Co-op credits cannot be used for University application and therefore are not considered part of your 6 “U or M” level courses e-learning
Students who participate in ENG4U while in UCEP have the extended opportunity to pursue completion of the AP (Advanced Placement) Exam The AP Literature and Composition Exam takes place in the spring semester of their grade 12 year. This provides students with an opportunity to earn a first year university equivalency credit in English. Successful scores on the AP exam can earn first year transfer credits to almost any university in Canada or the United Sates The AP enrichment program challenges motivated and high-achieving students to pursue their love of communication, including reading, writing, analysis of literature, oral communication and media studies.
Students spend all day during their first semester on the University campus Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the University on a daily basis Students are responsible for the costs associated with tuition for their first year University course and any related materials – i.e. textbook, lab materials… Students are considered part time first year University students and therefore benefit from all of the privileges of being enrolled in University The schedule of a UCEP student is anything but traditional and therefore time management and self discipline are essential for entry and on-going success
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday 8:00 9: 00 10:00 11:00 12:00 1:00 2:00 3:00 4:00 5:00 Calculus 8:30 – 9:50 STJ 3012 Calculus 8:30 – 9:50 STJ 3012 English 1:30 – 3:50 STJ 2009 English 1:30 – 3:50 STJ 2009 English 12:30 – 2:20 ML 354 English 12:30 – 2:20 ML 354 English 12:30 – 1:20 STJ 3014 English 12:30 – 1:20 STJ 3014 Szybbo Sm. Group 1:30 – 2:20 SJU 3027 Szybbo Sm. Group 1:30 – 2:20 SJU 3027 Coop 10:00 – 1:00 (3 hours) - SJU Library Coop 10:00 – 1:00 (3 hours) - SJU Library Coop 10:00 – 3:00 (5 hours) B2-253 (lab) Coop 10:00 – 3:00 (5 hours) B2-253 (lab) Coop 10:00 – 1:00 (3 Hours) B2-253 (lab) Coop 10:00 – 1:00 (3 Hours) B2-253 (lab) Coop 10:00 – 12:00 (2 hours) - SJU Library Coop 10:00 – 12:00 (2 hours) - SJU Library Coop 9:00 11:00 (2 hours) - SJU Library Coop 9:00 11:00 (2 hours) - SJU Library Example – UCEP Student Schedule 2011 Psych101 PAS1145 4:00-5:20 Calculus 8:30 – 9:50 STJ 2011 Calculus 8:30 – 9:50 STJ 2011 Calculus 8:30 – 9:50 STJ 3012 Calculus 8:30 – 9:50 STJ 3012 Calculus 8:30 – 9:50 STJ 2011 Calculus 8:30 – 9:50 STJ 2011 Psych101 PAS1145 4:00-5:20
experience a TRANSITIONAL program from secondary school to university explore an area of study in a university setting and plan future educational paths establish experience and knowledge for future academic paths enhance personal growth and life skills
Arts & Culture Environment Health & Wellness Energy Business Hospitality & Tourism Horticulture & Landscaping Information Communication Manufacturing Sports Transportation Construction UCEP is a way to achieve the Cooperative education component linked to your Specialist High Skills Major
Participating in a cooperative education placement has unlimited potential, but some of the key benefits are: learning through experience developing time management transferring “learned classroom knowledge” into a “real” environment gaining valuable communication skills creating new networks and opportunities
Speaking with your Guidance counsellor to develop a plan that allows you the most opportunity for success combined with appropriate courses is highly recommended and important.
University of your Choice Here’s you in grade 10 or 11... working hard, doing your best, thinking about UCEP... Here’s where you want to be in the next 2-3 years...
UCEP is the perfect transition program to help you complete the requirements for Graduation and simultaneously provide you with a University experience!
In order to apply to University, you need to have graduated from high school with 30 credits. Six of these must be from “U or M” level grade 12 courses.
Grade 12 U or M level course Here are your six grade 12 U or M level courses... The question is when are you going to complete them? You could take all six courses during your 4 th year of high school or some students will consider UCEP in their 5 th year.
Grade 12 U or M level course During their 4 th year of high school, many students elect to take 3 courses during first semester and 3 courses during second semester – thereby creating space in each semester for other options. 4 th Year Semester One 4 th Year Semester Two
Grade 12 U or M level course If you participate in UCEP during your 4 th year of high school, your planning might look something like this: 4 th Year Semester One -- UCEP -- 4 th Year Semester Two Co-op (15 hours per week) University Course The difficulty with this path is that you must then take four Grade 12 U or M courses second semester Taking four Grade 12 U or M courses during semester two is possible, but could present a heavy workload for many students. It should also be noted that UCEP participants must take at least 1 Grade 12 U or M level course
Another option is to begin taking your Grade 12 U or M courses during Grade 11... Grade 12 U or M level course 4 th Year Semester One -- UCEP -- 4 th Year Semester Two Grade 11 Semester Two Grade 11 course Co-op (15 hours per week) University Course This type of planning allows the student to still have an option during second semester of the 4 th year.
Recommended courses include: MHF4UI* or another senior social science course Grade 12 U or M level course Option for spare or course Grade 12 U or M level course 4 th Year Semester One -- UCEP -- 4 th Year Semester Two Grade 11 Semester Two Grade 11 course Co-op (15 hours per week) University Course Grade 12 U/M Course This pathway would be the suggested and preferred plan for students interested in UCEP:
Some students elect to participate in UCEP in the first semester of their 5 th year of high school. This allows students to have more options when planning their courses. 4 th Year Semester Two 4 th Year Semester One 5 th Year Semester One -- UCEP -- Co-op (15 hours per week) University Course Grade 12 U or M level course 5 th year UCEP participants will often only take one grade 12 U or M course
*students enrolled at WLU are subject to a health/dental fee Psychology, Computer Science (online), Microeconomics, Health Studies, Human Sciences
Psychology : a general survey course designed to provide the student with an understanding of the basic concepts and techniques of modern psychology as a behavioural science.
Computer Science (online course): effective use of spreadsheets to process, manipulate and visualize numeric and textual information. Algorithms underlying the functional components of web search engines and their influence on data access. Using Wikis to publish, reshape and organize data collaboratively.
Microeconomics : introduction to microeconomic analysis relevant for understanding the Canadian economy. The behaviour of individual consumers and producers, the determination of market prices for commodities and resources, and the role of government policy in the functioning of the market system.
Health Studies : introduction to the various perspectives on health and illness. Understanding the origins, factors and conditions that affect health throughout the human lifespan. Other topics include how health is measured and the leading causes of death, illness and disability.
Human Sciences : What is the relationship between thinking and action? This course investigates how our own dialogue with core texts from antiquity (Greek philosophers, Christian scripture) to the present (Joyce, Arendt) offers ways of understanding the issues and dilemmas present in our modern culture.
Students should have an average in the mid-80’s When selecting your courses for next year (September 2014), use Career Cruising and follow instructions provided to select UCEP Students interested in applying to UCEP must also submit: √ Cooperative Education Application Form √ two teacher reference forms * forms are available through your home school*
February – applicants select UCEP during their course selection for the 2014-15 school year April – Candidates are interviewed by school board staff for conditional entry into UCEP May – Candidates are informed of acceptance *, invited for campus tour/information session, and apply for potential University courses Mid-August – UCEP students receive their University timetable and invoice. Students will also receive a mailing from the board office September – UCEP students arrive on campus and receive the remainder of their timetable/schedule *acceptance = into UCEP, but the registrar of the University will ultimately determine acceptance into the program