EMPLOYER’S FAQ’S FOR CO-OP
Q. What is Cooperative Education (Co-op)?
A. An educational program that integrates classroom learning with practical, supervised work experience.
Q. How do I get a student to Co-op with my company?
A. Complete an "Employer Request for Co-op Student" form or contact the Co-op Coordinator.
Q. Do I have to pay the Co-op student?
A. Students work in paid or (non-paid) positions depending upon the situation. If they are
compensated, it must be at a level consistent with regular employees in a similar training situation.
Q. Who is liable for the student while in my employ?
A. For paid positions, employer must provide Workmen's Compensation Liability for a Co-op student
during the entire work experience period as directed by the Department of Labor.
Q. Is there some type of contract that my company has to enter into?
A. No there is a Cooperative Education Agreement which outlines the responsibilities of the college,
employer and student during the work experience period.
Q How many hours can a Co-op student work?
A. Provide a minimum of at least 160 or 320 hours of employment per semester/term (16 weeks)
depending on course credit assigned.
Q. How is the student’s performance monitored?
A. Employer identifies a qualified to serve as the immediate supervisor who will assist the student
in developing and evaluating the Measurable Learning Objectives that will be related to the
student's academic studies. There will be consultation and coordination between the student,
the employer and the college as well as one On-Site visitation by the student's Faculty
Coordinator and the student's supervisor.
Q. Do I have to provide students with benefits?
Q. Will I have to come to the college for meetings regarding a Co-op student?
A. No, the Faculty Coordinator, the Co-op Coordinator (if available) conduct the one On-Site
Visitation with the supervisor to monitor the student's performance.
Q. What if a Co-op student does not work out?
A. Notify the Cooperative Education at the College at least one (1) week before any action
that might result in the termination or change of employment status of the student.
Q. I’m very interested in providing a learning environment for an FTCC Co-op student, what’s my next
A. Complete the "Request for Co-op Student Form" (found under Employer Forms) or contact the
Co-op Coordinator by e-mail (email@example.com) or phone (910-678-8268).