Student & Alumni Resources
CCAC's Career Services & Job Readiness Department provides a variety of services to students, recent graduates and alumni:
- Edit and revise resumes and cover letters, prepare for interviews, research job openings, and learn how to connect with employers
- Develop good work habits and employability skills
- Research careers, CCAC programs, labor market statistics and wage data using CareerCoach
- Use CCAC's job board to search for openings specifically geared toward our students and graduates
- Coordinate work-study opportunities for qualified students
A successful job search is more than just a resume and a job application. It is a series of positive contacts with prospective employers, and it will involve hard work on your part. A professional job search may take several months before you secure a position. We recommend that you meet with our department in your first semester to start preparing for your career journey.
Searching for your first professional job is some of the most important work that you will ever do, so it is vital that you not only take it seriously, but that you give yourself enough time to be successful.
- Plan to write, and review, your resume and cover letter every time you apply for a job. Work with CCAC's Career Services team to perfect your resume, cover letter and references.
- Adapt your resume and cover letter to match the requirements of each job you apply for.
- Select and target companies that have potential openings in your field.
- Thoroughly prepare for each interview by researching the company, practicing interview questions, and understanding what the employer is looking for in a candidate.
The Federal Work-Study Program is a form of federal financial aid made available to qualified, eligible students. Work-study is designed to assist students with paying for costs associated with their education. In addition, work-study enables a student to gain valuable employment experience.
Please read the FAQ list below, and once you are ready, click here to apply.
- Students must be registered for a minimum of six credits during the fall and spring semesters.
- Students must demonstrate financial need as determined by the federal needs analysis formula. Factors used in the needs analysis formula include such things as student and parent taxable and untaxable income, assets of both the student and parent, and the number of family members in the household.
- Students must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or an eligible resident alien.
- Students must not be in default on an educational loan or owe repayment of an educational grant.
- Students must be in good academic standing according to the Federal Financial Aid Guidelines.
Work-study is a part-time job, and students are able to arrange working hours around their class schedules. When a student is awarded work-study, a maximum award is given for the term. This means a student is able to earn up to the awarded amount but may not exceed it. Typically, the maximum hours a student may work is 15 hours per week. A student cannot schedule work-study shifts that conflict or overlap with a class schedule. Work-study contracts have definite start and end dates that coincide with the beginning and end dates of each semester.
Work-study offers many advantages to students.
- It is a great opportunity to gain valuable work experience.
- On-campus positions enable students to work in between scheduled classes without incurring additional transportation costs.
- Students receive biweekly pay that is directly deposited into their bank account. This enables a student to pay for costs associated with their education and for basic needs.
- Students learn valuable skills that will support their career goals.
Employed work-study students receive a direct deposit check into their bank account on a biweekly basis for the number of hours worked during the pay period.
Work-study employees use the same timekeeping system as other college employees. The work-study student is also expected to perform the duties of the position satisfactorily, including personal appearance, attendance, confidentiality and completing assigned tasks.
- Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This must be completed each academic year.
- Submit a work-study application (Financial Aid Forms—go to current year and select Work-Study Application. The work-study application must be completed each academic year.)
- When the Financial Aid office receives a completed work-study application and FAFSA for a student, the information is reviewed and eligibility is determined.
- If a student is eligible for work-study, an email is sent to the student's academic email with information concerning the next steps, which include completing the work-study orientation, searching for open positions, and contacting the supervisor for positions of interest.
Meet Your CCAC's Career Services Team
Senior Director, Career Services and Job Readiness
Students and alumni in the Computer Information Systems, Software Development, or Drug & Alcohol programs should contact Norm for assistance with the job search process.
If you are an employer or have questions about community partnerships, contact Norm.
Assistant Director, Career Services and Job Readiness
Students and alumni in the Nursing, Skilled Trades, Respiratory Therapy, Radiation, or Radiology Technology programs should contact Hope for assistance with the job search process.
Questions about work-study, College Central Network, posting employment opportunities.
Career Specialist, Career Services and Job Readiness
Students and alumni in Business, Graphic Communication/Graphic Design, Criminal Justice, Education, Culinary Arts, Paralegal/Court Reporter, or General Studies programs should contact Sue for assistance with the job search process.