Pet Palace Provides Coop Student With A Great Practical Experience

Lisa Froemmel, owner of Pet Palace on the left, is shown with, Janeen Guenette, a Co-op student who has been working every afternoon from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at the store since September 2005. Her last day was to be January 26, 2006.

Janeen graduated from Grade 12 at Confederation Secondary School in June 2005, but like so many of her peers, decided to return for a 5th year to take several other courses, and in Janeen's case, get some practical experience through the school's coop program.

"I would like to give recognition and credit to the entire staff at Pet Palace and thank them for taking me for my coop course," stated Janeen. "This has been a wonderful experience that I would recommend to all high school students when they are in Grade 11 or 12."

Janeen will be attending the Cambrian College Building Bridges Coop Program in September. 

"I love animals," explained Janeen when asked why she wanted to work at Pet Palace. "I've owned 6 hamsters, 6 birds, 3 rats, and tons of fish. Besides, the store is within walking distance of my home and Lisa has known me since I was very young."

Co-op students are expected to perform all of the duties and responsibilities of a regular staff member, while under the supervision of the staff. Therefore, Janeen not only had a chance to work with the animals, she was also very helpful with customers and learned everything there is to know about running a retail pet store.

Janeen developed the above display board as part of a presentation she made to her teacher, Mr. Earl Cote, and during an open house at Confederation Secondary School. There were over 30 students in the co-op program during the first semester, so it is evident that more and more students are taking advantage of this opportunity. Students who participate in a co-op program receive 2 credits towards their Secondary School diploma.

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