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 

Financial Aid Work Study
This position requires staff member to answer questions, provide information, and give directions regarding the financial aid process to students and the general public.  Customer service and answering telephones are a large portion of this position.  Other duties include, but are not limited to, filing and data entry.

At least two years experience in an office setting.  Customer service and computer skills, with the ability to prioritize, a must!  Ability to communicate effectively and courteously with students, faculty, staff and the general public.  Punctuality and dependability; work habits that promote efficient and orderly operation of the office.

Supervisor: Laurie Comley, LDC 135B


Copy Center Assistant
Operate one or more office equipment machines including the Xerox D110 and D125 copy/duplicating machine, as well as the folding machine, bind, large paper cutter, and other duplicating equipment. Ability to read work orders, follow written and verbal instructions. Ability to organize, sort, assemble, route, and deliver completed work. Ability to file records of completed work orders and track the status of duplicating records, by checking the filed records of completed work. Assisting college administrators, faculty and staff with questions regarding their requests both on the phone and at the counter. Assisting supervisor with office organization, filing and inventory.

DEPENDABILITY, PROFESSIONALSIM, AND PUNCTUALITY ARE CRUCIAL FOR THIS POSITION. Some prior experience, or counter work is preferred, but not mandatory as training will be provided.

Prefer work schedule to be in 3-6 hour time blocks. Ability to lift some items. A positive attitude in dealing with college staff and co-workers is important.

Supervisor: Diane Cronk, ASB 102B

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.
  • Curatorial Assistant: Assist with museum order and cleanliness.
  • 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.