What is Education at Work Ontario?

Education at Work Ontario (EWO) strives to promote and foster co-operative education of the highest quality, while ensuring an integral partnership between students, employers and post-secondary educational institutions.


Education at Work Ontario (EWO)Our Vision

Education at Work Ontario (EWO) is the established voice of Post-Secondary Co-operative Education in Ontario.

Our Mission

The mission of EWO is to advocate and facilitate co-operative education as an essential component of post-secondary education, while providing quality service and support to its stakeholders. EWO will succeed in this mission through the following:

  • Commitment to the ongoing professional development of co-operative education practitioners who are accountable, supportive and sensitive to the current needs, issues and education of co-op stakeholders.
  • Promotion of ethical and professional standards for co-operative education programs in Ontario.
  • Responsibility for the relevance and integrity of the organization's purpose, goals and objectives.

Education at Work Ontario has a membership of over 180 co-op educators, working with more than 40,000 co-op students, at 37 colleges and universities.

Education at Work Ontario (EWO) was previously known as Co-op Ontario. Co-op Ontario was formed in 1997, through the amalgamation of the University Co-operative Educators (UCEO) and the College Co-operative Educators (CCEO) of Ontario.

Our History

Education at Work Ontario (EWO) was previously known as Co-op Ontario. Co-op Ontario was formed in 1997, through the amalgamation of the University Co-operative Educators (UCEO) and the College Co-operative Educators (CCEO) of Ontario.

Message from an EWO Board Past-President

Volunteering with EWO has been a very rewarding experience. My first project was volunteering on the Conference Planning Committee.

It was exciting to be part of this committee and helping to plan conferences for my fellow practitioners. It was at one of these planning meetings that I was first approached and asked to consider becoming the President Elect.

My initial reaction was WOW! Could I do the job justice? Do I really know enough about co-op and EWO to take such a leadership role? Fortunately, I had some great board members and past presidents who eagerly offered guidance and mentorship along the way.

Working with members from universities and colleges across the province has been memorable and I cherish all the friendships I have made at the many events I attended and helped plan.

Being able to take a leadership role in the decisions and directions as an EWO Executive Board member and knowing that my contributions have helped EWO continue to be the "Voice of post-secondary co-operative education in Ontario" is something I am proud to be associated with.I hope you too will consider getting involved. The rewards are many!

- Kitty Runstedler, Past-President, 2011


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