High School Co-op & 02 programs wrap up another successful year (PHOTO GALLERY)

Volunteer Services works in partnership with the Department of Education, the Halifax and Annapolis Valley Regional School Boards to provide 100-hour volunteer opportunities during the school year for students in Grade 11 and 12. Students in the high school co-operative education program learn valuable skills for the workplace by volunteering in hospitals and health centres throughout the Halifax area and the Annapolis Valley.  After completing 25 hours of classroom time and their volunteer hours, they earn a high school credit. Volunteering in a hospital  or health centre exposes students to a broad range of careers, giving them a taste of what it is like to work in a health care setting. They also get to see how teams of health professionals function. As one student said, “I was able to experience firsthand what it takes to work in a hospital setting and I realized that I may be more equipped for a career in health care than I imagined.” Since 2005, more than 315 high school students completed in excess of 32,000 hours exploring health careers while participating in volunteer activities.