The Community Service Program is a federally-funded program through which college students perform community service with a non-profit agency. County College of Morris reimburses a participating community service agency for 75% of the student's gross wages. The community service agency pays all required payroll contributions.
What are the criteria for employer participation in the FWS/CS Program?
Community service agencies must comply with the federal regulations to the Department of Education and with college policies. Non-profit employers give students experience working in agencies which assist community members through, for example, social services, literacy training, mentoring, education, recreation, public safety, and child care.
How are community service agencies identified?
Community service agencies submit job descriptions and requests for students to the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education at County College of Morris. Each agency's request is reviewed and, if the agency meets Program eligibility criteria, a Federal Work Study/Community Service Program Agreement (see sample) is forwarded for signature. The agency will be asked to guarantee a minimum of ten (10) hours per week with a maximum of nineteen and one-half (19.5) hours per week, while class is in session, for each job/position.
Where are jobs listed?
All job descriptions will be kept in the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education, Cohen Hall 203. Qualified Federal Work Study applicants will be referred to community service agencies for interviews. CCM cannot guarantee applicants for all posted vacancies.
What are the criteria for student participation in the Community Service Program?
To be eligible for the Federal Work Study/Community Service Program, a student must:
- be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
- be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at County College of Morris and regularly attend classes
- be in good academic standing as defined by the Financial Aid Office
- meet financial aid eligibility criteria for a Federal Work Study Award*
*The amount of federal work study funds awarded to the student depends on how much money the student needs to support his/her education. Student need is determined by the County College of Morris Financial Aid Office.
How are students recruited and hired?
Interested federal work study students are referred to eligible community service agencies for interviews. Students must meet the employer's requirements and qualifications for the job. Once a candidate is selected, the agency notifies the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education and the student then works with the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education to complete all required paperwork.
To begin the process or for more information contact:
Denise Schmidt, Director
Career Services and Cooperative Education