The following is an index of frequently asked questions grouped by subject (Work-Study, Cooperative Work Experience Education, Employers, and General Student Information & Job Opportunities). In recognizing that each student and employer that we work with has a unique set of circumstances we ask that the information provided here not be misconstrued by any one individual to apply to them directly without first consulting our office.
A: Simply bring your Financial Aid Award Letter to the Job Placement Office near the end of July or later and our staff will determine if you qualify and assist you in finding an appropriate job. (Awards are given for the entire school year and Federal Work-Study funds are usually depleted quickly).
A: Federal Work-Study programs pay some or all of a students wages, while Cooperative Work Experience Education allows students to earn academic credit and a grade.
A: Yes, your wages may be subsidized by the Federal Work-Study program (if you qualify) while you also earn units for on-the-job learning.
A: Yes! If you have applied for Financial Aid, but were denied, you are more than likely not eligible for Federal Work-Study, however you may still benefit from the the job board, resume critiques, mock interviews, and a variety of other individual services that are offered by our department.
A: Each program has specific requirements for qualification, as well as different guidelines and/or restrictions. For specific information see the Work-Study page.
A: Yes, in fact a majority of students working on campus are not involved in the Work-Study programs.
A: The Financial Aid Office has a form letter for students seeking verification of Federal Work-Study Eligibility.
A: There is no definitive answer that fits every situation. For specific information speak to the case worker that is issuing your benefits.
A: All of these terms refer to the same program that allows students to earn academic credit and a grade for on the job learning. (While terms such as Work Experience, Cooperative Work Experience Education, and Co-op may be used interchangeably when talking about paid or unpaid positions the term internship is only used when speaking of unpaid positions).
A: Work-Study programs pay some or all of a students wages, while Cooperative Work Experience Education allows students to earn academic credit for on-the-job learning.
A: Yes, your wages may be subsidized by the Work-Study program (if you qualify) while you also earn units for on-the-job learning.
A: Your instructor will usually be an instructor in the discipline (department) in which you are studying. Their role will be to guide you in the production of valid learning objectives and to meet with your supervisor at the end of the semester for an evaluation at which time they will issue you a grade. We will provide a list of Work Experience instructors when you come in to pick up your Work Experience packet.
A: This is an open-entry, open-exit course which means you can add or drop this course any time. These courses are offered during the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms.
A: Students enrolled in either paid or unpaid Cooperative Work Experience Education programs can count hours worked upon receipt of their completed work experience packet (no sooner than the first day of the semester).
A: Besides the obvious, one is paid and one is not, unpaid Cooperative Work Experience Education requires that an agreement between Butte College and the employer be completed in order to cover the students worker's compensation. The programs also have different requirements for the number of hours worked per unit. See the Cooperative Work Experience Education Information Sheet for details.
A: Typically the last day to count hours for Cooperative Work Experience Education is the day before the 1st day of the following semester (for example if the fall semester begins August 24th, the last day to count hours for the summer semester is August 23rd).
A: You will not receive credit for the work you have completed (see #14). This would be the same as doing the coursework associated with a particular class but not adding the class until the end of the semester. It's too late!
A: If you fail to turn in your timesheet by the due date that was given to you when you enrolled in Work Experience you will be given an "I/F" for incomplete. You will then have 6 months to take the appropriate action in order to correct your grade. At the end of the 6 months if you have not turned in your timesheet the "I/F" will become an "F" which will then be irreversible.
A: Add up the total number of hours you expect to work from the time you register until the end of the semester. Then divide that number by 60 if you are unpaid, or 75 if you are paid, and round the number down to the nearest unit. The result is the number of units you could potentially earn. Compare this to the maximum number of units you may enroll in as defined on the first page of the Cooperative Work Experience Education Information Sheet in your packet. Your instructor will help you to determine how many credits your learning objectives are worth.
A: Career Work Experience is for students who are working in a position that is related to their major. General Work Experience is for students who are working in a field that is not related to their studies but still offers valid, college-level learning opportunities.
A: The advisor for the General Work Experience program is Dr. Jo Anna Birdsall. She is located in the Career Counseling office on the Main Campus. You can E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may phone her at (530) 895-2340.
A: Yes, there is no maximum enrollment for semesters. There is, however, a 16 unit maximum.
A: Both, while the general rule of thumb is 60 hours = 1 unit for Unpaid Cooperative Work Experience Education and 75 hours = 1 unit for Paid Cooperative Work Experience Education you must also list and complete learning objectives in order to earn your units.
A: You should submit your timesheet regardless of the number of hours you have worked, this will allow us to drop you from the course as opposed to issuing an"I/F," (see what happens if I fail to turn in my timesheet).
A: Yes, the type of job you have as well as whether or not you will be paid will determine which program you need to enroll in. If you would like some assistance in obtaining a position contact a Butte College Employment Technician.
A: Typically we would like to see a student remain working and enrolled for the entire semester. However, no employer is obligated in any way to keep a student for any length of time.
A: The job information you have provided us is entered into our database and posted on our job board that is located on the main campus as well as online (jobs may not be posted if the location is outside of our service area). This information may also be sent directly to any departments on campus that the Job Placement & Cooperative Education Office deem fit.
A: Contact our office as soon as you fill the position so we can remove the job order. This will ensure that you do not continue to receive applications for a position that is already filled and allows us to keep our records up-to-date (which is greatly appreciated by our students). We would also like to know if you hire a Butte College student.
A: By signing the objective sheet the employer is agreeing to provide training in the areas listed on the objective sheet and is also agreeing to meet with the advisor at the end of the semester for an evaluation.
A: The Cooperative Work Experience Education Agreement allows Butte College to cover the unpaid student's worker's compensation costs so he or she will be covered in the event of an injury. The employer is responsible for providing the student with safety information as well as a safe working environment that conforms to all applicable laws.
A: Any individual whether they be a current student, former student, or non-student will be able to retrieve the job information from the Job Placement Office on the Main Campus. This information will also be dispersed to various campus departments as appropriate and made available online.
A: Simply have the student that you wish to employ complete the Cooperative Work Experience Education packet that is appropriate for them, see the Cooperative Work Experience Education Page. Also note that employers wishing to participate in Unpaid Cooperative Work Experience Education will have to complete a Cooperative Work Experience Education Agreement that will allow Butte College to cover the student's worker's compensation.
A: Simply contact our office and we will send you a Work-Study Agreement and answer any questions you have. Feel free to E-mail us at email@example.com or phone us at (530) 895-2334.
A: A wide variety of employers use the Butte College Job Placement & Cooperative Education Office services. They range from private individuals seeking students to do yardwork on an as-needed basis, to major employers and government agencies seeking to fill full-time positions. We welcome information on job opportunities of any type. We serve a large and diverse group of students whose employment needs vary just as much as the needs of our employers.
A: $10.00 per hour. The minimum wage will rise to $10.50 per hour on January 1, 2017.
A: Yes! If you have applied for Financial Aid but were denied a Pell grant you may still qualify for Federal Work-Study. The Job Placement staff can verify your eligibility. Even if you don't qualify for Federal Work-Study, the Job Placement office can still help with the job board, resume critiques, mock interviews, and a variety of other services that are offered by our department.
A: Yes, in fact a majority of students working on campus are not involved in the Federal Work-Study program.
A: A wide variety of employers use the Butte College Job Placement & Cooperative Education Office services. They range from private individuals seeking students to do yardwork on an as-needed basis to major employers and government agencies seeking to fill full-time positions. We welcome information on job opportunities of any type. We serve a large and diverse group of students who's employment needs vary just as much as the needs of our employers.
A: It is currently $10.00 per hour. The minimum wage will rise to $10.50 per hour on January 1, 2017.
A: Jobs range from part-time entry level positions to full-time graduate/professional positions.
A: We assist students in obtaining employment by maintaining regular contact with local employers, providing a forum for employers to disseminate employment opportunities to students, and aid students in all the aspects of the job search and job application process.