Work Study Employment


The work study program at Whatcom Community College provides jobs for students to assist them in meeting their educational expenses through the financial aid process. Efforts are made to provide employment related to career interests. Placement can be made in either an on-campus position or an off-campus position (with non-profit or for-profit employers). Students who decide that they would like to participate in the work study program should stop by the Financial Aid Office to see if they are eligible for work study funding. A work study award is only an estimate of what you might earn if you are hired, work, and submit monthly time sheets. A work study award cannot pay tuition and fees. To qualify, you must be enrolled for at least half-time (6 credits) and be a financial aid recipient.


On-campus Work Study Procedures

On-campus work study position openings are posted on the display located in the Financial Aid Office, as well as online. The majority of on-campus positions are clerical, often requiring computer and interpersonal skills. In addition, there are some library, custodial, maintenance, and other positions available. Most positions range from 6-12 hours per week.

  • Determine if you meet the qualifications as listed on the job opening position announcement
  • Request an "On-campus Work Study Application" form from the Financial Aid Office
  • Schedule an interview with the supervisor as listed on the job opening position announcement (phone number and supervisor's location is listed on the announcement)
  • Supervisors will notify you if you are selected for the position
  • If hired, complete required payroll forms at the Human Resources Office in Laidlaw Center 235
  • Students are paid monthly at the current hourly pay rate of $10.83 and paychecks are mailed directly to students.


Off-campus Work Study Procedures

All off-campus placements are made through WCC's Cooperative Education & Internships office. Off-campus positions are available in a wide range of occupations in Whatcom County. Most positions are between 12-15 hours per week.

You must follow these steps carefully and in the exact order listed to activate your award and be placed in an off-campus position.

  • Obtain an "Off-campus Referral" form from the Financial Aid Office
  • Schedule an appointment with the off-campus work study coordinator by calling 360.383.3080. Placement is first-come, first served. Appointments start mid-August for fall quarter placement. Job placements will begin in mid-September.
  • You are required to bring your current resume with you, along with your "Off-campus Referral" form, to your meeting with the off-campus work study coordinator. Failure to take these two items to your appointment will result in cancellation of your appointment and rescheduling for a later time.
  • Note: If you need assistance developing a resume, schedule an appointment in WCC's Career & Center by calling 360.383.3080.


Returning Off-campus Work Study Students

Do not assume that you may begin employment at your former position. You must meet with the off-campus work study coordinator to confirm your continued eligibility for an off-campus work study position before you can begin working.


On-campus Work Study Job Postings  

Media Services Assistant
Typical work includes audio and video tape duplication, minor equipment repair, equipment maintenance, equipment inventory, equipment installation, assisting students and faculty using media equipment, laminating materials, video production work, some scanning and imaging station work. May provide assistance with teleconferencing and video conferencing situations. Other related duties as assigned.

Prior knowledge and experience with media equipment and satellite dish technology helpful. General knowledge of mechanics and electricity helpful. Ability to work with the public. Ability to follow detailed, multi-step processes essential.. Typing and keyboard skills (35-40 wpm minimum). Alpha/numeric filing skills. Ability to read and follow written and verbal directions. Ability to work independently. Good sense of humor. Experience with Windows XP, Word, Excel, Adobe Photoshop, scanning/printing documents, video editing software desirable. Prior Media Technology experience helpful.

Must be able to work when the Media Technician is working between 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Supervisor: Jim Dodd, Library

Public Services Library Assistant
The Public Services Library Assistant works at the circulation desk checking materials in and out, assisting students in locating items in the collection, and showing students how to use media equipment, copiers and printers.  The Public Services Library Assistant may also take inventory, file material, process overdues/billings, do simple word processing and spreadsheets, maintain the reference area, and shelve books, DVDS and other resources.

The ability to work with the public, work independently, follow detailed, multi-step processes, use a keyboard (35-40 wpm minimum), file using alpha/numeric filing skills, and read and follow written and verbal directions.

Suggested Background:  Experience with Windows WP, Word and Excel.  Prior library experience is helpful.  Library 101 or 201 is highly recommended.

Supervisor: Linda Compton-Smith, Library


Office Assistant
Maintain/update student Co-op files; assemble packets of Co-op materials for students.  Contact students by phone or e-mail as needed.  Maintain jobs on bulletin boards including share board at Bldg. B).  Update boards regularly; maintain circulation of list of potential employers (to area coordinators and to specific Co-op Coordinators - include Black Job Book table of contents); follow-up phone calling on current employers to up-date list; other duties as assigned.  Work on Data Base,  consortium data base. One position available.

Ability to work independently and with general supervision, good phone skills, dependability, punctuality.  Fluent with MS Office (Word, Excell, Outlook) and have some skills with Access.

Supervisor: Jan Adams

Entry & Advising Support Associate

This position will work independently and as a team player in the Entry & Advising Office and support various advising specialties for new student programs, transfer, financial aid and the Opportunity Grant scholarship. Duties will be primarily project-oriented and include administrative tasks such as data entry, filing, mailing correspondence and making professional phone calls. Other duties include support of various on-campus events such as the WWU Majors Fair, Transfer Fairs, WAVE (new student orientation) and the annual scholarship workshop. Periodic participation in these on-campus events may be required. This position may also require attending various staff meetings and supporting Entry & Advising front desk staff during busy, peak registration times and other duties as assigned.

Must be dependable and available for the times specified each quarter.  Must be detail-oriented, have good computer skills and a working knowledge of Microsoft Word. Experience with spreadsheets and Publisher is a plus, but not mandatory. Must be able to work both independently and with a diverse population. Must be able to take initiative, represent the college in a professional manner and have excellent customer service skills. Strong written and interpersonal communication skills preferred.

Applicants must submit a resume and contact information for professional three references.  The position is 8-12 hours per week with needed availability 9-11am on Mondays (or possibly 3-5pm), 1-5pm on Thursdays and 12-4pm on Fridays.

Supervisor:  Jessica Larson, LDC 116

Off-campus Work Study Job Postings

There are no available off-campus work study positions during summer quarter.


If interested, students must schedule a meeting with the off-campus work study coordinator through Entry & Advising at 360.383.3080, or stop by the front desk to make an appointment. Bring an off-campus work study application form, obtainable at the Financial Aid Office. Jobs range from $9-10 per hour.

Whatcom Land Trust

  • Janitorial tasks in the WLT office
  • Assist with basic landscaping tasks around the WLT office
  • Participating in community work parties to restore habitat, remove invasive plants and trees

Bellingham Public Schools

  • One-on-One instruction
  • Small classroom instruction and supervision
  • Assisting teachers

Community Food Co-op

  • Stocking, inventory, and general office positions
  • Cafe and counter jobs

Private High School

  • Program Assistant Position: Support faculty, oversee students, and assist with classwork. Gain practical experience in a non-profit organization in an educational setting.

Local Law Office

  • Paralegal or legal assistant position in a busy criminal law office.

Local Environmental Agency

  • Steam Restoration Assistant: Support staff and organize community volunteer work for stream
  • General Office Assistant: Clerical and filing work assisting restoration coordinators.

Elementary-Level Private School

  • Classroom and office assistant positions in an education environment.

Local Museum

  • Family Interactive Gallery (FIG): Tours for children and parents, supervision of children and exhibit education.
  • Photography Archival Assistant: Filing and data management for photographic exhibits.
  • Exhibit Assistant: Management and organization of museum exhibits, as well as planning new exhibits.
  • General Office Assistant: Secretarial and front desk work, filing, and office tasks.