Georgian College said thank you to the City of Barrie today for providing quality work experiences to its students. Over the last 10 years, the city has provided co-op opportunities to almost 200 students. In 2012 alone, the city provided 59 co-op opportunities to Georgian students, and this summer the City of Barrie was Georgian’s top co-op employer, with 34 students completing co-op work terms there. Many of these students have gone on to full-time employment with the City of Barrie.
Georgian is known for providing quality work experiences to its students, and for developing strong working relationships with employers locally and across Canada. Real-world learning is a component of many of Georgian’s full-time programs. Whether it’s a co-op work term, field placement, internship or practicum, it’s how Georgian students acquire the valuable on-the-job experience employers today require.
Lisa Whalen, manager of Georgian’s Co-operative Education/Internship and Career Services department, says the long-standing relationship between Georgian College and the City of Barrie is mutually beneficial.
“Our students get the hands-on experience they need, the City of Barrie benefits by the students’ current technical skills, enthusiasm and fresh ideas. Everyone wins!” says Whalen.
Whalen adds that an important part of the workplace experience for students is the mentorship they receive from staff during their placements, providing them with vital feedback and professional guidance that helps them in their co-ops and future careers.
“City of Barrie staff go the extra mile for Georgian students,” Whalen says. “We really wanted to thank them today for their ongoing commitment and their support of the co-operative education process.”
Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman attended the thank you event at Georgian today, and said he was proud to accept the appreciation award from Georgian College on behalf of the city’s employees.
“I know there are a number of city employees who started in the co-op program, so that tells me it works. Georgian’s co-op program produces employees who make a huge contribution to our organization,” he said.