The University of Victoria’s Co-operative Education Program is known as one of the largest and most diverse co-op programs in Canada. On February 1, 2009, the UVic Co-op Program merged with the university’s Career Services office, to integrate the university’s two major career-centered programs and further expand UVic’s commitment to experiential learning and career development.

“We are excited at the opportunities and challenges ahead, as we work to equip our students with the very best options for their career development,” says Norah McRae, Executive Director of the newly named UVic Co-operative Education Program and Career Services.

“We are now better equipped to serve our mutual audiences—students will now have access to a one-stop shop for career planning and preparation, while employers, faculty and staff will be connected to a more diverse applicant pool, in terms of both skills and availability.”

This merger is a result of recent external reviews conducted by the UVic Co-op Program and Student and Ancillary Services, which both recommended closer alignment of the two units.

UVic’s Co-operative Education Program placed its first students in 1977 and in 2007/08, more than 2,700 students from 45 academic program areas completed a work term. The Career Services office provides career development expertise by facilitating connections between students, alumni, faculty, employers and other community members. For more information, please visit www.uvic.ca/coop or http://careerservices.uvic.ca.

Contacts:

Joy Poliquin (Co-op and Career Communications) at 250-721-6084 or poliquin@uvic.ca