Frequently Asked Questions

Do we pay our work-based learning/co-op students?

You may list the position as paid or unpaid, but we do encourage employers to consider listing a position as paid. Paid positions typically elicit a greater response from students. Certain programs of study that prepare students for licensure require work experiences to be unpaid.

Employers should click here to review the Department of Labor's fact sheet regarding unpaid internships in the for-profit sector. The Workplace Learning department cannot determine if a business is in compliance with the Department of Labor guidelines.

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After partnering with CPCC's work-based learning program, will a student be assigned to us?

No, you will not be assigned a student. You will interview and select the student who you consider to be the best match according to the needs of your company.

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Which students are eligible to participate in work-based learning?

In order to participate, students must meet minimum GPA requirements, and have completed a specified portion of the curriculum prior to the work experience. Students also have to be recommended by both the Faculty Coordinator and the Workplace Learning office.

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Will we provide students with benefits?

No, employers are not required to provide work-based learning students with health insurance or other employee benefits. An employer is expected to comply with state laws regarding Worker's Compensation Liability Insurance, and to verify if their policy covers students/interns. Please review the additional policies for employers.

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I’ve done all the paperwork. Where’s my list of potential students?

Once the position is approved by the Workplace Learning office, we market the opportunity to students and faculty in the relevant program of study. Interested students then authorize us to send the employer their résumé.

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What if a student is placed with me and we find that it's a poor fit?

Occasionally an employer/student partnership does not work out. The Workplace Learning office makes every effort to resolve the situation. We encourage employers to contact both the Workplace Learning office and the Faculty Coordinator immediately if issues occur during the semester.

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What exactly are my responsibilities as an on-the-job supervisor?

We ask that employers provide students with a supportive work environment to put theory into practice. Supervisors help students develop three measurable learning objectives to learn over the course of the semester. In addition, providing regular feedback and completing the employer evaluation at the end of the semester helps students identify their strengths and weaknesses.

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What’s in it for me?

Participation in work-based learning allows you to introduce students to your company work ethic, requirements, and operation. You gain a competitive edge by having a strong role in the education of future full-time or part-time employees. It also gives you the chance to evaluate prospective employees before making a long-term commitment.

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I’m interested in hosting a CPCC student. What's the next step?

Contact the Workplace Learning office at (704) 330-6217 or send an email to workplace.learning@cpcc.edu. You may also complete our online Employer Position Request Form.

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