Employer's FAQS For Co-Op

Q. What is Cooperative Education (Co-op)?
A. An educational program that integrates classroom learning with practical, supervised work experience.
   
Q. I'm very interested in providing a learning environment for a FTCC Co-op student, what is my next step?
A. Complete an Employer Request for Co-op Student Form or contact the Co-op Coordinator by email at atkinsok@faytechcc.edu or by phone (910) 678-8268.
   
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 Workers' 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 immediate supervisor to serve as the one 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. 
   
Q. Will I have to come to the College for meetings regarding a Co-op student?
A. No, the faculty coordinator and 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 Department 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.