The study sought to establish baseline information on the possibility of involving college students in development work among the Institute for Small Farms and Industries (ISFI) partners. Specifically, the study was designed to elicit the perceptions, attitudes, and expectations of 14 ISFI-partner barangay cooperatives on the proposed involvement of students in development/ community work. Expectations on knowledge, skills, and level of involvement formed part of the study as well as the potential areas of difficulty that might be encountered. The study employed a descriptive design, a universal sampling for the cooperatives represented by barangay cooperative representatives as participants. Qualitative data were gathered with the use of focus group discussion and interview methods from 14 participating cooperatives in 12 barangays, which were thematically grouped and analyzed, and interpreted. The perception and attitude of the respondents towards the proposal of student participation in development work in communities is favorable. While the results show positive learning, the expectations of the participants the students are a tall order and comprehensive as far as knowledge and skills are concerned, which also involve organizational management and technical skills. The expectations stem from the perceived current needs of the communities. The proposed strategy of involving college students in development work in 12 coastal barangays entails the social preparation of both students and community partners. With the expectations of the community on making this strategy a tool for sustainability, implementing mechanisms need to be put in place to maximize the partnership and the growth of both stakeholders.