Employer Information

Employer FAQ

What is Cooperative Education?

Cooperative education integrates paid or unpaid work experience into an educational program. It forms a bridge between the world of school and work. Students earn money, experience and credits, enhancing the traditional education experience while applying their learning in a real work environment.

What are the benefits to employers or host agencies?

The Manchester Community College cooperative education program functions as a clearinghouse, offering access to students with different academic backgrounds, to save time and money in personnel selection. Co-op employers also gain:

  • motivated and skilled workers
  • release time for employees to do higher priority tasks
  • help for cyclical, short term or project needs
  • bright, enthusiastic employees with new ideas/viewpoints
  • ongoing, positive contact with the college system
  • influence curricula to meet business/industry needs
  • and much more!

What will my responsibilities be as a co-op supervisor?

As a “faculty in the field” and supervisor you will be expected to:

  • assign meaningful tasks and provide appropriate supervision to the student
  • provide a completed Co-op Position Description and Site Agreement form for the Coperative Education Office
  • review resumes, interview and select students for employment
  • allow a mid-term site visit with the supervising faculty member
  • complete the student evaluation form

What programs/job categories are involved?

Students from the following programs are available for placement:

  • Accounting
  • Administrative Assistant (all options)
  • Business Administration
  • Communication
  • Computer Network Technology
  • Computer Programming Technology
  • Computer Technology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culinary Arts
  • Disabilities Specialist
  • Food Service Management
  • General Studies
  • Graphic Design
  • Health and Sports Science
  • Hotel-Tourism Management
  • Journalism
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Social Service
  • Therapeutic Recreation

Can I keep a co-op student longer than one semester?

Co-op placements are arranged for a single semester but can be designed to provide continuity for the employer. In fact, many employers post long-term positions with us because they find the student pool in the co-op program to be exceptional. Some degree programs involve a second work experience that will allow a student to continue for a full academic year. Co-op staff work to meet the needs of employers and students.

What if it doesn’t work out?

Every effort is made to assure a successful experience for both co-op student and employer. If concerns do arise, the co-op staff can assist in resolving the issues if students and employers request help. Students are required to provide employers with at least two weeks notice if a resolution is not possible. We are available to assist when you feel it is appropriate.

How can I learn more?

Robert Henderson, Director of Cooperative Education, is available to discuss the Cooperative Education Program and how to get involved. He can be reached at 860-512-3312 or by fax at 860-512-3371. Your request for information and/or assistance will be handled promptly.

Tips for Work Experience Employers

  • Clearly define the job, establish goals and set realistic expectations.
  • Adequately train students on job tasks and skills. Provide the intern with the tools and materials to assist him/her during the internship.
  • Make time to exercise basic supervisory skills such as listening, communicating, and providing feedback.
  • Help students develop positive habits and attitudes. Set a good example. Stress the importance of daily attendance and positive attitudes toward work ethic. Help build self confidence and self esteem.
  • Be responsive to administrative and clerical tasks, such as completing school forms.
  • Encourage other employees to familiarize the student with various functions, and to respect their role as an intern or co-op student.

Student Comments

“This has been a very rewarding opportunity and I would highly recommend the co-op work experience to other students. It builds self-confidence, knowledge, and it really gives you a chance to see what the given field is like to work in.”

“My placement further defined my strengths and identified my weaknesses. I feel very confident about my abilities.”

“…the classroom component of the co-op program has been an informative resource for me as well. I have enjoyed the supportive environment.”

Employer Comments

“I believe that co-op should be required for all students. It is an excellent opportunity for them to get the hands-on experience they need.”

“It is important for students to encounter the day-to-day challenges in their field.”

“Thank you for sending us terrific students; they really made a significant contribution to the office.”