CAREER SERVICES

Student Worker Program Frequently Asked Questions

 

WHO ARE STUDENT WORKERS?

Student Workers are people just like you! They are currently enrolled in credit courses and participate in student employment at HCC. 

 

WHY DO I WANT TO BE STUDENT WORKER?    

Because student employment at HCC provides significant opportunities to enhance your total learning experience and allows you to earn money while you are attending HCC. On-campus work allows you to earn wages and work at a convenient location with hours that accommodate your academic schedule.

 

Campus employment offers these outstanding advantages:

  • Convenient Work Environment/Location
  • Enhance Educational Opportunities & Work Skills
  • Professional References for Future Employment
  • A Closer Relationship with Your College

 

HOW DO I QUALIFY TO BECOME A STUDENT WORKER?

Student workers may apply for work at any time. NOTE: Most departments hire before the beginning of the semester so you will want to apply early! Vacancies can occur at any time.

If you meet the following, you are eligible to be a student worker!

 

  • Must have completed FAFSA on file
    • NOTE: A student does not have to be:
      • Eligible for the Pell grant to receive Federal Work Study (FWS) funds
    • NOTE: Students are eligible for FWS positions only if they are awarded FWS funds as part of a financial aid package.
      • You can determine if you are FWS eligible by visiting the Financial Aid office in Building H, second floor.
    • NOTE: If a student feels that they cannot complete a FAFSA, they will need to meet with the Coordinator of Career Services to request an exception to this policy.
  • Must not have already received a bachelor’s degree.
  • Must be enrolled for a minimum of half-time
  • Must have a 2.0 GPA
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States.
  • Must not be in default on any student loan or owe a repayment of any Title IV monies.
  • Must maintain satisfactory academic progress as outlined by HCC policy.
  • Must not also be employed by HCC as a regular part-time or full-time employee.
  • Must be enrolled in an eligible Financial Aid curriculum.
  • Must follow the application procedures.
  • HCC Human Resources Policy: All student workers are required to undergo a background check prior to their first day of employment.

WHAT TYPES OF STUDENT EMPLOYMENT ARE AVAILABLE ON CAMPUS?

There are a variety of student worker positions throughout the campus; there are over 40 departments that utilize student employees.  Campus employment may range from working in computer labs to assisting the grounds crew and from working in an office to assisting with the theatre program.  Every semester there are approximately 80 students employed; many of these students return to these jobs every semester.

 

When filling out your Student Worker Application (available on College Central Network (CCN)), you have the opportunity to choose the departments of interest.  Typically showing a greater flexibility to working and indicating several areas (departments) of interest may increase your chances of getting an interview for employment.

 

WHO HIRES ME?                                 

All hiring decisions are made by HCC supervisors seeking student workers for their area or department. 

*Note: If you are the child of a staff member, all processes for hiring must be followed and direct reporting relationships are not allowed.

WHAT HOURS WILL I WORK?    

Your supervisor assigns your work hours around your class schedule. Students work an average of 5-10 hours per week and normally do not exceed 10 hours per week.  Typically a semester contract is for 16 weeks is 160 hours.

 

DO I GET BREAKS? 

The department for which you work will inform you of the scheduled break periods.  The amount of time you work will determine how many and how long your breaks are.  

 

HOW MUCH WILL I BE PAID?

The wage for student workers is $8.25 per hour.

 

DO I GET PAID FOR HOLIDAYS?

Not unless you actually work that day and it is pre-approved by your supervisor.

 

WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR STUDENT WORKERS?

 

Here’s how to apply:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Be sure to list HCC as the attending institution.
  • Complete the Student Worker application form on College Central Network.
  • After you complete the application form, your application will be available for supervisors to review.  Supervisors will select candidates for interviews for their department. 
  • Job descriptions are available on College Central Network.  If you feel that you meet the requirements of an open position, or are aware of an opening, please communicate your interest to the hiring department.
  • For each vacancy, supervisors are required to conduct interviews with at least two candidates.
  • If the supervisor would like to extend a job offer, the candidate must undergo a background check.
  • Once the background check results are received, the supervisor is notified and decides if a job offer is going to be made.
  • Simultaneously, your supervisor will communicate a start date and hours needed so your contract can be developed.
  • If you accept, you will meet with a Career Service Specialist by appointment to complete the appropriate payroll and human resource paperwork. You will call 815-599-3536 to make this appointment.

 

CAN I WORK NEXT SEMESTER?

You may continue in the same position from the preceding semester, dependent upon institutional needs, funds, and your supervisor’s approval. If you wish to change positions or your current position is no longer available, re-visit CCN to see if other opportunities are available.

 

CAN I WORK DURING THE SUMMER?

Yes! However, student worker positions may be limited in the summer due to reduced needs and reduced monies.You must be enrolled in a minimum of 3 credit hours.

 

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ME WHILE ON THE JOB?

It is crucial that you and your supervisor communicate to determine the overall expectations of your employment.  It is additionally important to check with your supervisor daily to verify the most important tasks for the day.  You may want to print a copy of your job description off of CCN or ask your supervisor for a copy for easy reference.

Near the beginning of your employment, you and your supervisor should discuss policies and expectations of the department where you work.  As an employee of HCC, it is important that you represent the College in an appropriate manner.


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