Student Employees

Student employees are critical resources utilized in various offices and departments within the college and with off campus employers.  Students enhance their “learning process” through knowledge gained while employed, which  attributes to the overall growth of the student personally and professionally.

General Student Employment Information

All student employees of Central Arizona College are subject to the terms and conditions of employment as outlined in the Student Employment Handbook. All new student employees will receive a copy of the current handbook.

There may be unique circumstances or requirements that the handbook may not address when writing a general student manual. It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure the student employee understands the conditions of employment at the time of hire. These conditions must include the duties of the job, length of employment, working hours, leave policy, rate of pay, student evaluations and other departmental policies.

Satisfactory work performance is expected of all student employees. If an employer feels that a student is not fulfilling the duties of his/her job, the situation must be discussed with the student employer as soon as the problem is recognized. This will ensure that the student fully understands the responsibilities of the job before additional measures are taken and time elapses.

Student Employee Eligibility Requirements

There are three employment programs available to students at Central Arizona College. Each employment option has different eligibility requirements (see below).  All students that desire to be employed must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The available on campus and off campus jobs are posted on the online job board. Students are encouraged to check the site often for new employment opportunities, workshops and special events.

Student Employment Options

Institutional Student Employee

A student employed by a department or division within the College.  The student does not have to show financial need for these positions.  In order for a student to be hired, the must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  • Must be enrolled in no less than six (6) credits at CAC.  A student can work up to 19 hours per week if enrolled in 12 or more credits, 15 hours per week if enrolled for 9 – 11 credits and 10 hours per week if enrolled in 6 – 8 credits.
  • Students can work no more than 19 hours per week while classes are in session.

Federal Student Employee

The Federal Work-study Program is a federally funded program designed for students who have demonstrated financial need as indicated utilizing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  As a Federal Student Employee, the federal government pays the student wages.  Students employed under this program must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  • Must be enrolled in no less than six (6) credits at CAC.  A student can work up to 19 hours per week if enrolled in 12 or more credits, 15 hours per week if enrolled for 9 – 11 credits and 10 hours per week if enrolled in 6 – 8 credits.
  • Students can work no more than 19 hours per week while classes are in session.
  • Must be enrolled in an eligible program of study.
  • Must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).  To maintain SAP a student must:
    • 1) Maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
    • 2) The total attempted credit hours may not exceed 150 percent of the published educational program.
    • 3) Earned credit hours must be at least 67 percent of the attempted credit hours each academic year or semester as applicable.
    • Note: SAP is determined at the end of each semester.

Off Campus Employment

There are no College requirements for most positions that are located off-campus.  This employment option is available for ALL students seeking employment opportunities that are not available on campus.

Central Arizona College in its provision of services to students, alumni, and off-campus employers make no representations or guarantees regarding the opportunities listed on the job board and are not responsible for the wages, safety, working conditions or other aspects of off campus employment. The CSES acts strictly as a referral service and makes no particular recommendations. The integrity of each organization or person that lists an opening with the College is not researched. It is the responsibility of the students to take the necessary precautions when interviewing for and accepting part-time, full-time and/or internship positions. The student is advised to use care when applying for any position with an organization or a private individual. Students are strongly advised not to go alone to a residential address to apply for a job.

Available Services for Students

Career Planning & Self Assessment

Self Assessment can be completed on-campus, off-campus or from home utilizing the Arizona Career Information System. The career assessment tool matches personal interests, skills, values and college major to develop your career plan. It is a holistic approach to your career search.

Experiential Learning/Internships

Information and assistance is provided to students that desire to try this method of career exploration.  Experiential learning opportunities can be on a part-time or full-time basis for a predetermined period of time. Internships is another way in which a student can gain valuable experience and insight into a career.  Internships can be paid or unpaid.  If you’re interested in learning more about experiential learning, please contact Career Services.

Job Fair Events

This is an opportunity to meet with numerous employers and obtain information about the available job openings. To get the most from your Job Fair experience watch for tips on how to prepare for the fair, what questions to ask, what to bring and what to wear. For a current list of job events, contact Career and Student Employment Services at (520) 494-5428.

Online Resume Critique

The resume is the first thing an employer sees that describes your experience and abilities for the job. This document should be superior and is often the first step in obtaining an interview. Your resume can be critique to ensure that it effectively communicates your strengths for the job to which you are applying.  Submit your resume and job description to Career Services and receive feedback within 5 business days.

On Campus Recruiting

Companies can schedule on-campus recruitment dates to interview CAC students for potential employment opportunities. When visits are scheduled, the announcements and pertinent information will be posted and email sent to students registered on the job board informing them about the opportunity.

Workshops

There are numerous workshops held throughout the semester.  We provide workshops on the following: resume writing, creating a cover letter, interviewing skills, mock interviews and job search methods to list a few.  The workshops are posted on the job board and students can register for the workshop they desire.