The students and supporters of Brandon University’s (BU’s) Co-operative Education Program celebrated the program’s success by holding a luncheon in mid September.

With the theme of Delivering Tomorrow’s Talent, Today! the event reviewed the successes of the past year, took a closer look at the Co-op program and the student activities during their work terms as well, and featured an awards presentation.

RBC, which was represented by Regional Vice-Presidenet Terry Burgess and Community Manager Nathan Campbell, was presented with the Co-op Community Support Award for their generous donation of $250,000 to the program over three years. Greenstone Building Products received the Prestigious Employee Award-Spirit or Co-op for employing the most Co-op students.

“The success of Co-op is a result of the support of employers in combination with the dedication and talent of our students,” said Davion Johnson, Co-operative Education Program Co-ordinator at BU. “It was rewarding to bring so many employers, students, and our faculty and staff together in a celebration of this symbiotic relationship.”

The Co-operative Education Program at BU provides a bridges academics with career preparation for students by allowing them to alternate study terms with work terms. Students gain valuable work experience and industry connections, while bringing in-demand skills, energy and ideas to their employers.