Co-op Program


IMG_6381When students are closely connected with employers in the hospitality industry, they are able to build valuable workplace contacts for future employment.  Therefore, the goal of this program is to integrate academic studies with work experience.  The diploma program requires students to complete a work co-op for up to a maximum of one year.  Visa students need to apply to work legally in Canada.

Career Prospects

This diploma prepares students to enter different careers in the hospitality industry and in hotel settings. Careers may include: Human Resources, Front Office, Housekeeping, Convention and Facilities, Sales, Marketing, Food and Beverage, and Events and Banquet Management.

Our students have completed practicums at hotels and restaurants such as:

The Radisson,  Matrix Hotel, Best Western, Delta Edmonton South Hotel and Conference CentreThe Westin Edmonton, Delta Edmonton Centre Suite Hotel, Double Tree by Hilton Hotel West Edmonton, Fairmont Hotel MacDonald, Alberta Hotel, The Grand Hotel, A & W and Fantasyland Hotel.

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Frequently Asked Quesetions

1. Will Solomon College arrange the co-op placement for me?

Students are responsible for arranging their own co-op placement, including sending out resumes and cover letters, arranging an interview and working out the details of the co-op placement with their employer. However, if students have difficulty finding a co-op placement, they should let the Program Coordinator know as soon as possible so she can help them find a suitable placement.

2. Will I get paid for the co-op?

Solomon College cannot guarantee that co-op placements will be paid.  Co-op placements may be paid or unpaid.  Students are asked to work out these details directly with their employers.

3. If I currently have a job, can I continue working there for my co-op?

Yes. As long as you are currently working in the hospitality field (hotel/restaurant), you may continue working at your current job to fulfill the co-op requirements.  However, please be aware that the co-op does not officially begin until a contract is signed between you, the co-op placement and Solomon College.

4. I want to work the front desk/concierge desk/in housekeeping, etc. Is this possible?

Students apply for an advertised position at a hotel or restaurant that will serve as their co-op.  Although it is recommended that you work in different areas of your co-op placement, this is not always possible since hospitality is seasonal.  If you are interested in working in a different area of the hotel/restaurant, it is recommended that you approach your supervisor about potential cross-training opportunities.  You are encouraged to communicate your co-op expectations during the interview for the position you are applying for.

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Testimonials 

“Dear Solomon College, thank you for the lessons; dear future, I am ready!”-Maria

“As a person pursuing a career in hospitality, this program is  leading me in the right direction!” -Edgar

“I am experiencing a good, cooperative atmosphere here.  The teachers are always ready to help and we are welcome to ask questions.  I feel awesome studying here.” -Sweety

“ I understand more about my work when I have formal learning in class.” -Wifreda

“Studying at Solomon College has given me a platform to hone my skills in the English language as well as to understand Canadian culture.” -Muhammad

“We here at Solomon College are granted a group of great teachers that not only teach us English but also give us care, love, and help… I’m thankful for being a student here.” -Diana