Co-operative Education Student of the Year

Each year, Saskatchewan Polytechnic Moose Jaw Campus celebrates National Co-operative Education Week by awarding the Co-operative Education Student of the Year Award. This award is intended to reward a Co-operative Education student who has demonstrated excellence over the course of the academic year including time spent on work terms. Selection is based on professional promise, academic achievement and practical application of theory.

Co-op education

Kayla Anderson, Business (Human Resources)

Co-operative Education Student of the Year

The 2016 Co-operative Education Student of the Year is Kayla Anderson, a full-time student in the Business Diploma (Human Resources specialty). In 2016, Kayla completed three consecutive work terms with Group Medical Services in Regina. Kayla’s employer describes her as someone with a “can do approach and mindset”. Additionally, GMS says Kayla “takes action ‘by the horns’ to get things done and to rally people around her to do the same”.  During her studies, Kayla achieved a very high academic standing. Kayla is an excellent ambassador both for Saskatchewan Polytechnic and Co-operative Education.

National Co-operative Education Week was celebrated March 20 to 24, 2017.

It is celebrated each year by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) to promote the value of Co-operative Education programs at its 79 university and colleges members across Canada.

Co-operative Education programs facilitate paid, training-related work terms for students in a variety of academic programs. It is a partnership between the student, the school, and industry which produces significant benefits for all three.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic Co-operative Education currently provides co-op programming for 14 academic programs. Students are placed on work terms varying in total length from six to twelve months with employers all across Canada but mostly in Saskatchewan and Alberta.

In 2016, co-operative education earning and wage statistics:

  • $8,109,885 for total earnings
  • $21.41 average hourly earnings
  • $13,958 per 4-month work term

In addition to the significant academic and training benefits of co-op, these earnings help students to finance their education.