In 2002, the University granted academic credit to students for their work terms. The University needed a complementary co-op curriculum, one that could help students develop professional (soft) skills to better address employer needs.
Waterloo’s faculties began working on their own professional development programs. They soon realized that they shared common goals across faculties. The faculties worked together to create a single, centralized program.
Enrolment across all six faculties continues to increase. While redeveloping and refining the existing suite of courses, the department has also launched several new courses.