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Butte College
Job Placement & Cooperative Education Office
3536 Butte Campus Drive
Oroville, CA 95965
(530) 895-2334 Phone
(530) 895-2530 Fax
jobplacement@butte.edu

FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

The following is an index of frequently asked questions grouped by subject (Work-Study, Cooperative Work Experience Education, Employers, and General Student Information & Job Opportunities). In recognizing that each student and employer that we work with has a unique set of circumstances we ask that the information provided here not be misconstrued by any one individual to apply to them directly without first consulting our office.

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Work-Study

Question Index

1) Q: How do students sign up for the Work-Study program?

2) Q: What's the difference between Work-Study and Cooperative Work Experience Education?

3) Q: Can I enroll in Work Experience and Work-Study simultaneously?

4) Q: What if I don't qualify for Financial Aid? Can the Job Placement and Cooperative Education Office still help me?

5) Q: What's the difference between Federal and ButteWORKs Work-Study programs?

6) Q: Are there opportunities for non-Work-Study placements on campus?

7) Q: I recently applied for Food Stamps and my caseworker said that I must provide him/her with verification of my eligibility for Work-Study. Where can I get this verification?

8) Q: Does money that I earn under any of the Work-Study programs count against other benefits that I may be receiving form the county, state, or federal government?

Questions & Answers

1) Q: How do students sign up for the Work-Study program?

A: Simply bring your Financial Aid Award Letter to the Job Placement Office near the end of July or later and our staff will determine if you qualify and assist you in finding an appropriate job. (Awards are given for the entire school year and Work-Study funds are usually depleted quickly).

2) Q: What's the difference between Work-Study and Cooperative Work Experience Education?

A: Work-Study programs pay some or all of a students wages, while Cooperative Work Experience Education allows students to earn academic credit and a grade.

3) Q: Can I enroll in Work Experience and Work-Study simultaneously?

A: Yes, your wages may be subsidized by the Work-Study program (if you qualify) while you also earn units for on-the-job learning.

4) Q: What if I don't qualify for Financial Aid? Can the Job Placement and Cooperative Education Office still help me?

A: Yes! If you have applied for Financial Aid, but were denied, you are more than likely not eligible for Work-Study, however you may still benefit from the the job board, resume critiques, mock interviews, and a variety of other individual services that are offered by our department.

5) Q: What's the difference between Federal and ButteWORKs Work-Study programs?

A: Each program has specific requirements for qualification, as well as different guidelines and/or restrictions. For specific information see the Work-Study page.

6) Q: Are there opportunities for non-Work-Study placements on campus?

A: Yes, in fact a majority of students working on campus are not involved in the Work-Study programs.

7) Q: I recently applied for Food Stamps and my caseworker said that I must provide him/her with verification of my eligibility for Work-Study. Where can I get this verification?

A: The Financial Aid Office has a form letter for students seeking verification of Work-Study Eligibility.

8) Q: Does money that I earn under any of the Work-Study programs count against other benefits that I may be receiving form the county, state, or federal government?

A: There is no definitive answer that fits every situation. For specific information speak to the case worker that is issuing your benefits.

Cooperative Work Experience Education

Question Index

9) Q: What is the difference between Work Experience, an Internship, Cooperative Work Experience Education, and a Co-op?

10) Q: What's the difference between Work-Study and Cooperative Work Experience Education?

11) Q: Can I enroll in Cooperative Work Experience Education and Work-Study simultaneously?

12) Q: If I sign up for Cooperative Work Experience Education who will my advisor be and what is the advisor's role in this program?

13) Q: When can I register for Cooperative Work Experience Education?

14) Q: When I can begin counting hours for my Cooperative Work Experience Education credits?

15) Q: What is the difference between Paid and Unpaid Cooperative Work Experience Education?

16) Q: When is the last day I can count hours?

17) Q: What if I don't bring my packet into the office until the end of the semester but I have been working and counting my hours all semester?

18) Q: What happens if I don't turn my timesheet in?

19) Q: How many units should I enroll in?

20) Q: What's the difference between Career Work Experience and General Work Experience?

21) Q: If I enroll in General Work Experience who will my advisor be?

22) Q: I have enrolled in Cooperative Work Experience Education for 4 semesters but I have only earned 8 units total, can I enroll in Work Experience again?

23) Q: Are my Cooperative Work Experience Education credits based on the number of hours I work or on my learning objectives?

24) Q: What happens if I quit my job, am fired, or fail to work enough hours to earn any credits?

25) Q: Do I have to have a job before I can enroll in Work Experience?

Questions & Answers

9) Q: What is the difference between Work Experience, an Internship, Cooperative Work Experience Education, and a Co-op?

A: All of these terms refer to the same program that allows students to earn academic credit and a grade for on the job learning. (While terms such as Work Experience, Cooperative Work Experience Education, and Co-op may be used interchangeably when talking about paid or unpaid positions the term internship is only used when speaking of unpaid positions).

10) Q: What's the difference between Work-Study and Cooperative Work Experience Education?

A: Work-Study programs pay some or all of a students wages, while Cooperative Work Experience Education allows students to earn academic credit for on-the-job learning.

11) Q: Can I enroll in Cooperative Work Experience Education and Work-Study simultaneously?

A: Yes, your wages may be subsidized by the Work-Study program (if you qualify) while you also earn units for on-the-job learning.

12) Q: If I sign up for Cooperative Work Experience Education who will be my advisor  and what is the advisor's role in this program?

A: Your advisor will usually be an instructor in the discipline (department) in which you are studying. Their role will be to guide you in the production of valid learning objectives and to meet with your supervisor at the end of the semester for an evaluation at which time they will issue you a grade.

13) Q: When can I register for Cooperative Work Experience Education?

A: This is an open-entry, open-exit course which means you can add or drop this course any time. These courses are offered during the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms.

14) Q: When I can begin counting hours for my Cooperative Work Experience Education credits?

A: Students enrolled in the Paid Cooperative Work Experience Education programs can count hours worked 2 weeks prior to registration. Students enrolled in the Unpaid Cooperative Work Experience Education programs may not count hours until they are officially registered. Registration is defined as the day the Job Placement Office receives the completed Cooperative Work Experience Education packet.

15) Q: What is the difference between Paid and Unpaid Cooperative Work Experience Education?

A: Besides the obvious, one is paid and one is not, unpaid Cooperative Work Experience Education requires that an agreement between Butte College and the employer be completed in order to cover the students worker's compensation. The programs also have different requirements for the number of hours worked per unit. See the Cooperative Work Experience Education Information Sheet for details.

16) Q: When is the last day I can count hours?

A: Typically the last day to count hours for Cooperative Work Experience Education is the day before the 1st day of the following semester (for example if the fall 2008 semester begins August 25th, therefore the last day to count hours for the summer 2008 semester is August 24th).

17) Q: What if I don't bring my packet into the office until the end of the semester but I have been working and counting my hours all semester?

A: You will not receive credit for the work you have completed (see #14). This would be the same as doing the coursework associated with a particular class but not adding the class until the end of the semester. It's too late!

18) Q: What happens if I don't turn my timesheet in?

A: If you fail to turn in your timesheet by the due date that was given to you when you enrolled in Work Experience you will be given an "I/F" for incomplete. You will then have 12 months to take the appropriate action in order to correct your grade. At the end of the 12 months if you have not turned in your timesheet the "I/F" will become an "F" which will then be irreversible.

19) Q: How many units should I enroll in?

A: Add up the total number of hours you expect to work from the time you register until the end of the semester. Then divide that number by 60 if you are unpaid, or 75 if you are paid, and round the number down to the nearest half unit. The result is the number of units you could potentially earn. Compare this to the maximum number of units you may enroll in as defined on the first page of the Cooperative Work Experience Education Information Sheet in your packet.

20) Q: What's the difference between Career Work Experience and General Work Experience?

A: Career Work Experience is for students who are working in a position that is related to their major. General Work Experience is for students who are working in a field that is not related to their studies but still offers valid, college-level learning opportunities.

21) Q: If I enroll in General Work Experience who will my advisor be?

A: The advisor for the General Work Experience program is Ken Speed. He is located in the Job Placement & Cooperative Education Office on the Main Campus. You can E-mail him at speedke@butte.edu or you may phone him at (530) 895-2334.

22) Q: I have enrolled in Cooperative Work Experience Education for 4 semesters but I have only earned 8 units total, can I enroll in Work Experience again?

A: Yes, there is no maximum enrollment for semesters. There is, however, a 16 unit maximum.

23) Q: Are my Cooperative Work Experience Education credits based on the number of hours I work or on my learning objectives?

A: Both, while the general rule of thumb is 60 hours = 1 unit for Unpaid Cooperative Work Experience Education and 75 hours = 1 unit for Paid Cooperative Work Experience Education you must also list and complete learning objectives in order to earn your units.

24) Q: What happens if I quit my job, am fired, or fail to work enough hours to earn any credits?

A: You should submit your timesheet regardless of the number of hours you have worked, this will allow us to drop you from the course as opposed to issuing an"I/F," (see what happens if I fail to turn in my timesheet).

25) Q: Do I have to have a job before I can enroll in Work Experience?

A: Yes, the type of job you have as well as whether or not you will be paid will determine which program you need to enroll in. If you would like some assistance in obtaining a position contact a Butte College Employment Technician.

Employers

Question Index

26) Q: How long do I have to keep a student employed if I participate in the Cooperative Work Experience Education program?

27) Q: What happens after I place my job order online?

28) Q: What do I do once the position is filled?

29) Q: When an employer signs a Work Experience Learning Objective Sheet, what are they agreeing to?

30) Q: When an employer signs an Unpaid Cooperative Work Experience Education Agreement what are his/her obligations?

31) Q: If I place a job order with Butte College who has access to that information and where can it be found?

32) Q: How do employers sign up to participate in Cooperative Work Experience Education?

33) Q: How do employers sign up to participate in the Work-Study programs?

34) Q: Which employers/type of employers are already advertising at Butte College?

35) Q: What is the current minimum wage?

Questions & Answers

26) Q: How long do I have to keep a student employed if I participate in the Cooperative Work Experience Education program?

A: Typically we would like to see a student remain working and enrolled for the entire semester. However, no employer is obligated in any way to keep a student for any length of time. The Job Placement & Cooperative Education Office encourages employers to interact with students exactly as they would with regular employees.

27) Q: What happens after I place my job order online?

A: The information you have provided us is entered into our database and posted on our job board that is located on the main campus as well as online. This information may also be sent directly to any departments on campus that the Job Placement & Cooperative Education Office deem fit.

28) Q: What do I do once the position is filled?

A: Contact our office as soon as you fill the position so we can remove the job order. This will ensure that you do not continue to receive applications for a position that is already filled and allows us to keep our records up-to-date (which is greatly appreciated by our students). We would also like to know if you hire a Butte College student.

29) Q: When an employer signs a Work Experience Learning Objective Sheet, what are they agreeing to?

A: By signing the objective sheet the employer is agreeing to provide training in the areas listed on the objective sheet and is also agreeing to meet with the advisor at the end of the semester for an evaluation.

30) Q: When an employer signs an Unpaid Cooperative Work Experience Education Agreement what are his/her obligations?

A: The Cooperative Work Experience Education Agreement allows Butte College to cover the unpaid student's worker's compensation costs so he or she will be covered in the event of an injury. The employer is responsible for providing the student with safety information as well as a safe working environment that conforms to all applicable laws.

31) Q: If I place a job order with Butte College who has access to that information and where can it be found?

A: Any individual whether they be a current student, former student, or non-student will be able to retrieve the job information from the Job Placement Office on the Main Campus. This information will also be dispersed to various campus departments as appropriate and made available online.

32) Q: How do employers sign up to participate in Cooperative Work Experience Education?

A: Simply have the student that you wish to employ complete the Cooperative Work Experience Education packet that is appropriate for them, see the Cooperative Work Experience Education Page. Also note that employers wishing to participate in Unpaid Cooperative Work Experience Education will have to complete a Cooperative Work Experience Education Agreement that will allow Butte College to cover the student's worker's compensation.

33) Q: How do employers sign up to participate in the Work-Study programs?

A: Simply contact our office and we will send you a Work-Study Agreement and answer any questions you have. Feel free to E-mail us at jobplacement@butte.edu or phone us at (530) 895-2334.

34) Q: Which employers/type of employers are already advertising at Butte College?

A: A wide variety of employers use the Butte College Job Placement & Cooperative Education Office services. They range from private individuals seeking students to do yardwork on an as-needed basis, to major employers and government agencies seeking to fill full-time positions. We welcome information on job opportunities of any type. We serve a large and diverse group of students whose employment needs vary just as much as the needs of our employers.

35) Q: What is the current minimum wage?

A: $8.00 per hour.

General Student Information & Job Opportunities

Question Index

36) Q: What if I don't qualify for financial aid? Can the Job Placement and Cooperative Education Office still help me?

37) Q: Are there opportunities for non-Work-Study placements on campus?

38) Q: Which employers/type of employers are already advertising at Butte College?

39) Q: What is the current minimum wage?

40) Q: What types of jobs are listed with Butte College?

41) Q: How does Job Placement work?

Questions & Answers

36) Q: What if I don't qualify for financial aid? Can the Job Placement and Cooperative Education Office still help me?

A: Yes! If you have applied for Financial Aid but were denied you are more than likely not eligible for Work-Study, however you may still benefit from the the job board, resume critiques, mock interviews, and a variety of other services that are offered by our department.

37) Q: Are there opportunities for non-Work-Study placements on campus?

A: Yes, in fact a majority of students working on campus are not involved in the Work-Study program.

38) Q: Which employers/type of employers are already advertising at Butte College?

A: A wide variety of employers use the Butte College Job Placement & Cooperative Education Office services. They range from private individuals seeking students to do yardwork on an as-needed basis to major employers and government agencies seeking to fill full-time positions. We welcome information on job opportunities of any type. We serve a large and diverse group of students who's employment needs vary just as much as the needs of our employers.

39) Q: What is the current minimum wage?

A: $8.00 per hour.

40) Q: What types of jobs are listed with Butte College?

A:Jobs range from part-time entry level positions to full-time graduate/professional positions.

41) Q: How does Job Placement work?

A: We assist students in obtaining employment by maintaining regular contact with local employers, providing a forum for employers to disseminate employment opportunities to students, and aid students in all the aspects of the job search and job application process.

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