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Student Requirements & Benefits of Central FFA COOP

by Bill Bretzman

August 14, 2012

What is the Central FFA COOP?  It is a non for profit structured organization owned by the 175 plus shareholders that is managed and operated by the Central Agriculture Department and the FFA.

What is the purpose of the COOP?  It is a hand’s on learning lab where students will develop entrepreneurial skills and interest by experiencing opportunities in sales, business operations and management of a retail business.

All students in the Agricultural Department will be involved and expected to participate in this experience. The level of participation varies based upon the Agriculture Department course they are in. Lower level courses will start with providing the labor for the COOP and learning the business through work experience.  As they advance in course levels students will take on the management and financial operations of the business. Most of this will done through the advance courses.

Students will earn a very modest wage for the labor they provide in the retail store.  Records will be kept of their labor and students will earn monetary credit toward a COOP scholarship account that will be paid out to them at the time of their graduation at Central High School.  To receive these earnings students must maintain their status in the Agriculture Department by taking at least 1 semester course each year of high school.  If a student were to opt out of the Agriculture Department the scholarship account would then be dropped back to a zero balance and start over when they reactive their status with the Agriculture Department.

Students may also earn credit toward their scholarship account by securing customers to the Central FFA COOP.  Students will earn a commission on all sales received from any Central FFA COOP customer they represent.  To secure a customer, students need to have the customer they would like to represent fill out the appropriate form and return it to FFA COOP to begin earning those commissions.

Current Rates for COOP Scholarship Account

Commission rates = 3%.
Wages for non management level students = $2/hour
Wages for management level students =$4/hour

Requirement Level :

6 hours /semester (1 Saturday and 1 Tuesday)

  • Introduction to Agriculture
  • Veterinary Science
  • Basic Ag Science
  • Electricity & Construction
  • Ag Power & Welding
  • Ag Sales & Marketing
  • Landscape Design
  • Basic Ag Mechanics
  • Ag Business Management

6 hours -1st Semester in COOP  (1 Saturday and 1 Tuesday)
8 hours -2nd Semester at the Plant Sale

  • Introduction to Horticulture
  • Greenhouse Management


8 hours - 2nd Semester at the Plant Sale

  • Floral Design


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