Work Study

Work Study is a great way to help pay for your education while working part-time. The Federal Work Study and state-sponsored Montana State Work Study Programs give you the opportunity to work part-time while going to school. To qualify for Work Study jobs you must demonstrate financial need and have a Work Study award as part of your overall financial aid award. If you have financial need and haven’t been awarded Work Study you can talk to a financial aid counselor about being placed on the Work Study waiting list. Please keep in mind that Work Study is only one type of job on campus. There are non-work study positions on-campus and other part-time employment jobs off-campus too.

In a Work Study program, the employer pays only 25-60 percent of the student’s wages; the rest is subsidized by federal or state funds. Work Study students can, therefore, find jobs and may be able to keep their loan debt down by earning part of their aid eligibility, rather than borrowing more loans. Jobs may be located on or off campus with non-profit organizations or private corporations. Many offer career-related and/or community service experience. A student may work up to 19 hours per week and pay rates are the same as for comparable, non Work Study jobs. No job pays less than the prevailing minimum wage. In addition, the America Reads/America Counts program offers reading and math tutoring jobs in local elementary schools and family literacy programs.

Work Study allows an individual to work for any office or organization on campus or for certain approved off-campus employers. Students who accept Work Study on their Financial Aid Award are required to complete a questionnaire and then are placed in a Work Study position, based on the responses to that questionnaire.

Typically, you are paid minimum wage for the hours you work. The money earned on an hourly basis is then deducted from the total amount of the award until it is exhausted.  At that point, you must stop working or be hired on as a Non-Work Study employee.

Students submitting the FAFSA by the December 1 priority date, who show need, are generally awarded Work Study.

You may be wondering what makes Work Study better than getting a job at a local fast food restaurant?

  • This program is specifically designed for college students.
  • The work schedules revolve around your school schedule.
  • The jobs available are located primarily on campus, which allows you to work between classes without having to commute.
  • It is also possible to get a job in an area related to your field of study, giving much needed working experience and valuable references.
  • The best benefit of all is that the amount earned does not count against you on next year’s FAFSA!

If you are not awarded work study, there could be several reasons:

  1. You did not apply to Dawson Community College by December 1.
  2. You are ineligible for Work Study.
  3. We have exhausted our work study funds and have no more money to award to students. (In this case, you may ask to be put on a waiting list in case more funds become available.)

Work Study Forms

Job opportunities

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  • Athletic Director Administrative Assistant

    Description
    Assist the Athletic Director with various office duties. 

    Contact
    Joe Peterson, 377-9459, jpeterson@dawson.edu

  • Men's Basketball Manager

    Description
    Keep locker room clean, manage practice sessions, in charge of equipment, keep statistics, operate scoreboard during practice.

    Contact
    Joe Peterson, 377-9459, jpeterson@dawson.edu

  • Toepke Center Monitor

    Description
    Opening, closing, signing students and community members in/out, minor cleaning, and overseeing Toepke Center on nights or weekends. 

    Contact
    Joe Peterson, 377-9459, jpeterson@dawson.edu

  • Athletic Laundry

    Description
    Washing practice gear and uniforms for various athletic teams.

    Contact
    Joe Peterson, 377-9459, jpeterson@dawson.edu

  • Office Manager Women's Basketball

    Description
    Work on recruit mailings, answer phones, work on travel itineraries, recruiting weekend. 

    Contact
    Romeo Lagmay, rlagmay@dawson.edu

  • Women's Basketball Manager

    Description
    Keep locker room clean, manage practice sessions, videotape practice and games, in charge of equipment. 

    Contact
    Romeo Lagmay, rlagmay@dawson.edu

  • Sports Information Director Assistant

    Description
    Clerical and interpersonal skills, basketball program-related duties.

    Contact
    Romeo Lagmay, rlagmay@dawson.edu

  • Baseball Aide (x2)

    Description
    Field work and laundry.

    Contact
    Phil McClure, 377-9492, pmcclure@dawson.edu

  • Softball Aide

    Description
    Assist the head and assistant coach with office and field duties. Document general information on Excel spreadsheet for recruiting, filing, and organizing, work on travel itineraries, answer phones, work on fundraisers, help maintain fields, and work on stats after games. 

    Contact
    Tami Johnson Lagmay, 377-9413, tjohnson@dawson.edu

  • Clerk/Cashier (temp/part-time) Bookstore

    Description
    Position requires greeting customers, answering questions, helping locate merchandise, stocking shelves, and operating cash register. 

    Contact
    Kristi Powell, 377-9457, kpowell@dawson.edu

  • Barista/Concessions Worker

    Description
    Greet customers, sell and serve food items, weigh, and grind and pack coffee for customers, work cash register, recall orders, and answer customer questions. 

    Contact
    Michelle McKeen, Buc's Brew

  • Chemistry Lab Aide

    Description
    Clean glassware, replace glassware in cabinets, help instructor prepare and clean up after laboratories. Clerical tasks are included. Students with more science experience may be given more responsibility. 

    Contact
    Tom Reeves, treeves@dawson.edu

  • Biology Lab Aide

    Description
    Prepare materials and/or solutions and assemble, disassemble, clean, and store equipment needed for individual and group laboratory experiments, dissections, and exercises. Additional duties may include general office work. 

    Contact
    Jennifer Temple, jtemple@dawson.edu

  • Office Assistant Workforce Development and RevUP MT

    Description
    Create and organize paper and electronic files, compile date for reports, coordinate non-credit training courses, and help create marketing material. Assemble training packets for non-credit courses. 

    Contact
    Traci Masau, Room 116, tmasau@dawson.edu

  • Circulation Desk

    Description
    Check books in and out; process holds; sort books for shelving; assist with processing magazines, newspapers, and microfilm/fiche; answer basic information, directional, and library policy question; accept payments for fines, locker rentals, and book purchases; and issue receipts. 

    Contact
    Nasir Awill, 377-9414, nawill@dawson.edu

  • Stacks Maintenance

    Description
    Gather, sort and shelve books and journals; shelf-read the stacks and other collections for proper call number order; straighten shelves; update aisle markers; replace bookends; report maintenance or security problems.

    Contact
    Nasir Awill, 377-9414, nawill@dawson.edu

  • Main Office Aides

    Contact
    Suela Cela, scela@dawson.edu

  • DCC 101 Student Advisor

    Contact Christina DiGangi for job details. 

    377-9415, cdigangi@dawson.edu

  • Main Office Mailroom Clerks

    Sort and deliver mail, process out-going mail, and hand out packages to students. 

    Contact Julie Brandt, 377-9400, jbrandt@dawson.edu

  • Student Custodians

    Descriptions
    Performs skilled manual labor, mainly indoors during academic year, with occasional outdoor work to include shoveling snow and performing minor maintenance work; may work after 4 p.m. and evening following campus events. 

    Contact
    Casey Malkuch, 377-9451, cmalkuch@dawson.edu

  • Marketing and Public Relations Aide

    Description
    Assist Director of Marketing and Public Relations with updating college forms and templates, communicating with department heads, organizing paper and electronic files, searching electronic databases, updating contact lists, taking photos, creating marketing materials, and editing and uploading information to the college website. 

    Contact
    Janelle Olberding, 377-9444, jolberding@dawson.edu

  • Registration/Academics Office Aide

    Description
    Creating and organizing paper and electronic files, typing, copying, and filing. Respect confidentiality and act responsibly.

    Contact
    Virginia Boysun, 377-9404, vboysun@dawson.edu

Community Work Study Positions

Click on the job title to learn more about the position. Contact Financial Aid if interested. 

  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Action for Eastern Montana Head Start
  • Jefferson School
  • Lincoln School