Thank you for your interest in Cooperative Education at Central Piedmont Community College!
Cooperative Education (Co-op) is an academic class, where a student applies classroom learning in the workplace. Students are placed in jobs directly related to their field of study and work a specified number of hours over the semester in order to complete their Co-op and receive class credit. Co-op is very similar to an internship, and the term is used interchangeably at some colleges and universities.
Co-op starts at the beginning of every semester at CPCC, usually in August, January, and May. If your company is interested in having a Co-op student, please call our office 4-8 weeks prior to the start of the semester.
Co-op has several benefits for employers:
- Gives employers the ability to evaluate potential employees before making a long-term commitment, reducing personnel costs;
- Provides access to candidates with sought-after skills or background;
- Increases staff diversity;
- Allows for a partnership with local schools, helping to shape the future workforce.
Getting the Co-op process started is easy!
- Call our Co-op office at (704) 330-6217;
- Ask to speak with a Co-op Coordinator, who will discuss becoming an Employer Partner;
- Review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for employers;
- Review the Cooperative Education Agreement;
- Complete the Employer Position Request & submit via fax (704-330-6201) or email
The Co-op blog is another resource for our Employer Partners...join the conversation at http://blogs.cpcc.edu/co-op/.