ABOVE: Allyson Payne, biochemistry junior, works at the help desk in Deet’s Library. Payne has been working in the library since the beginning of the school year. (Chandler Hall/Staff photographer)

By Taylor Rodriguez
Staff reporter

Work study is something every student should consider when taking college courses full-time. Across campus, there is an abundance of positions waiting to be filled by prospective students. But what is work study, and how exactly does one acquire a work study position?

Work study is a college program that enables students to work part-time while attending school. This can vary from university to university, but it generally follows a similar trend. Students enrolled in courses are available to partake in work study for a maximum of twenty hours a week. Students must determine their eligibility for a federal work study position before applying.

There is a handful of paperwork to fill out before acquiring a position. The Self-Service site provides the Southwestern College job listings in addition to the Employee Handbook. The employment contract for your specified position is provided by financial aid.

According to Southwestern’s Self-Service website, there are just over forty different work study positions. These are available by contacting various staff and faculty on campus. Priority is given to those who are eligible for need-based federal work study.

Different jobs are available through different staff members. Some jobs are more beneficial to students with degrees in similar fields. These work study jobs can provide great work experience prior to graduation but also come with extra benefits.

Bobi Muldrow, payroll and benefits administrator, said, “I have never worked in work study, but I have administered work study for years. I believe there are some really good benefits to working while in college. Money, who doesn’t need money? Also learning how the real world works and learning new skills.”

Nearly every department has positions available for work study. The Copy-Mail Center has positions for students to assist in delivering mail across campus. The biology department has a position for taking care of the fish tanks in the science building. You can work in the Christy Administration equipment room, checking equipment in and out to students.

Trevor Jossart, sports information director, said, “In athletics, we are normally looking for game day help. These duties include operations, photography, scorekeeping and stats, and other responsibilities as needed. In athletics, job tasks can differ from game to game. I always explain to the students which positions will likely be available and have them kind of pick and choose where they would excel in or even like to learn more about. As far as more obscure positions, stat-keeping is likely the most challenging, but at the same time one of the more important tasks we have.”

If athletics isn’t the right fit for you, there are plenty of other positions available. Anjaih Clemons, director of campus life, knows where you can go to get more information about the positions available.

“I currently supervise work study students in the campus life office. I believe there are great benefits to having a work study program. It provides students with the opportunity to fund their college education and to gain experience that will help them long term,” said Clemons.

“A lot of students start with financial aid. The financial aid office keeps track of most work study positions and the supervisory information. Students can retrieve a list of available positions and contact supervisors when needed. Also, word of mouth. If a student has a work study position, they’ll tell a friend and it goes from there.”

Additional information about applying for work study can be found at www.sckans.edu/student-services/financial-aid/ or by emailing your questions to stfinaid@sckans.edu.