The primary objective of the College work program is to provide meaningful,
worthwhile work experiences through which each participating
student can contribute toward the costs of his or her
education. Such desirable virtues as independence, self-accomplishment
and achievement by one’s own efforts can be developed
at College of the Ozarks under this program. In addition,
the work experience provides students the opportunities
to develop personal habits of industry, promptness,
dependability, cooperativeness and initiative, as well
as channels for self-discovery and accomplishment not
always found in purely academic experiences. Participation
in the work program is required of all full-time students.
The overall management of the work program is the duty of the Dean of Work,
who assigns all students to their work stations and determines changes in work
assignments. The Dean of Work seeks to fit students to the jobs on the basis
of expressed interest, experience and ability, with necessary consideration
given to available openings and the needs of the College. Work assignments are
normally made on a priority basis, with presently enrolled students getting
first chance at available openings. Incoming students are assigned, initially,
to jobs which are important but which are not, in many cases, as highly sought
after as are some of the others. Students may later earn transfers to jobs of
greater priority or those more closely related to their fields of study. After
receiving job assignments, students report to their job areas, and the area
work supervisors instruct and supervise them in their duties.
REQUIREMENTS AND REGULATIONS
The requirements and regulations of the work program are carefully explained
to all beginning students. Each full-time student works 15 hours per week during
the 16-week fall semester and the 16-week spring semester. In addition, each
full-time student works two 40hour weeks chosen from the weeks when classes
are not in session. A limited number of qualified resident students (those who
have considerable financial need) may participate in the 12-week summer work
program. Summer work will be credited toward room and board expenses for the
A daily record of work hours completed by each student is maintained by the
area work supervisor. A cumulative record of the work hours of the student is
maintained in the Business Office in order that the student may know the total
of his or her credit at any time. Work hours cannot be sold, given away or transferred;
nor is cash given in exchange for work. However, extra work hours earned by
the student over and above the charges for any term accumulate in a special
“incidental” account and may be used to offset charges for laundry service and
medical expenses at the campus hospital.
WORK PERFORMANCE RECORDS
Work performance records showing the effectiveness of the student on the job
are kept by the Dean of Work. A work performance grade is reported to the student
at the end of each term. The grade becomes a part of the student’s permanent
record stored in the Registrar’s Office. It is based on an evaluation of the
student by his or her work supervisor in the following areas:
Quality of Work
Interest and Enthusiasm
Attendance and Punctuality
Initiative and Responsibility
Care of College Equipment
College of the Ozarks expects not only notable academic performance but also
places a high value on performance in the work program.
Students are placed on work probation if their work
grade falls below a C, and they are given one term to
improve or face dismissal from the work program. A grade
of F in work performance usually results in immediate
dismissal from the work program without a probationary
The Dean of Work office maintains
a record of the various work assignments each student has had during his or
her college career, showing length of time spent on each job and the supervisor’s
name. These records are available to students after graduation and can prove
helpful in obtaining employment.
All work records are maintained pursuant to the provisions of the Family Educational
Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (PL 93-380). A student who believes an error
has been made in the recording of his/her work grade, or that a grade is unjust,
must first contact their work supervisor. If the situation is not resolved,
the student may appeal to the Dean of Work.
AREAS OF STUDENT WORK
The areas of student work at College of the Ozarks are many and varied. Some
seventy-five students are assigned to the various offices on campus with responsibilities
involving computer skills, typing, filing and a broad range of other office
skills and functions. In addition, students at College of the Ozarks work in
many other areas, as listed below:
Academic Departments: Students earn their required work hours as departmental
assistants in the various academic departments, serving as laboratory assistants,
helping to prepare study materials, grading tests, or otherwise assisting in
the work of their respective areas.
Agriculture: Students are provided an opportunity to get practical experience
in the care, management, showmanship and performance testing of registered livestock.
They likewise gain experience in the processing of milk and meat products, operating
and maintaining a feed mill and various types of field machinery and
participating in the increasingly involved record-keeping associated with agricultural
operations. The divisions are:
|Dairy: The W. Alton Jones Holstein herd
|Beef Cattle: The College Polled Hereford herd and Joe N. Basore
|Swine: The Mary Straughn Hampshire herd Agronomy: Pasture
renovation, hay production and the production and storage of fodder for
|Feed Mill: Feed production
|Horticulture: Maintaining a teaching orchard and assisting
in plant propagation and tissue culture laboratory
|Processing Plant: Slaughter, processing, and smoke curing of USDA
inspected and approved beef and pork products
Bonner Community Service Program: Selected students fulfill their work
commitments through volunteer service to various community organizations such
as the local schools, nursing homes, etc.
Bookstore: Textbooks and other bookstore services are provided in this
area staffed by students.
Center for Writing and Thinking: The CWT is an academic support service.
The student staff assists other students in completing class writing assignments
and other academic tasks. The staff also helps to manage a thirty-station word
College Press: Student workers receive experience in various aspects
of the printing industry, as the Press produces virtually all business and academic
forms used by the College, the student newspaper, the college catalog, and does
custom printing on a commercial basis. The Press also produces and distributes
the OZARK VISITOR, a quarterly periodical with a circulation of over 155,000.
Computer Center: Students work with the most up-to-date equipment in
computer programming and operations, processing essential data for the College.
Construction: Students assist in the various aspects of building construction
and maintenance, painting, plumbing and heavy equipment operation.
Custodial–North: These students and their supervisor have the janitorial
responsibility of the Fieldhouse and the Plaster Business Building.
Custodial–South: These students and their supervisors have the janitorial
responsibility of twelve buildings on the south side of the campus.
Day Care Center: Students serve as the day-care attendants to the children
of both school-affiliated and non-affiliated personnel.
Dining Hall: Located in the College Center, the Dining Hall involves
student workers in all phases of food preparation and serving of daily meals,
as well as providing food services for various catered functions throughout
the school year.
Dormitory Assistants: Fifty-five students assist in the operation of
the six residence halls, working in maintenance or custodial areas, as dormitory
clerks and as resident assistants to the housing director in charge.
Electric Shop: Along with their supervisors, students are responsible
for the installation, maintenance and repair of all electrical equipment on
Electronics: Students and their supervisors maintain the campus telephone
systems; install and maintain time clocks, P.A. systems; and building alarm
systems; and service the various electronic equipment on campus.
Fire Department: Four students are given the responsibility of maintaining
the campus fire-fighting and rescue vehicles and equipment, regularly checking
and servicing the approximately 1000 fire extinguishers in the various campus
buildings, and organizing and supervising the selection, training and on-the-scene
performance of the college’s volunteer fire department.
Fruitcake and Jelly Kitchen: A staff of students and their supervisors
are involved in the production of jellies and the famous C of O fruitcakes,
some 30,000 of which are produced annually. They likewise handle the receiving
and filling of mail orders for these and other College products.
Heating and Refrigeration: Students and their supervisors are responsible
for the installation, repair and servicing of heating and air conditioning systems,
icemakers, refrigerators, freezers and related equipment.
Hospital: A professional staff of nurses and doctors is assisted by
a staff of students in furnishing medical services.
Keeter Center: Located at the main entrance of the college, The Keeter
Center is the largest work area on campus, and utilizes student workers in its
operation as a restaurant, gift shop, bakery and fifteen-room lodge. Students
working in this area serve as front desk reservationists, bell staff, housekeeping
staff, work in food preparation, wait staff, and as cashiers, and are responsible
for the maintenance and care of the new Keeter Center facility.
Landscaping: Students work in landscape planning, soil preparation,
planting and maintenance of the campus grounds, shrubs and flowers. They likewise
gain experience in pest control, plant propagation and greenhouse operation,
as they grow most of the plants used for outdoor planting and maintain an outstanding
Laundry: Students working under supervision provide professional laundry
services to students, faculty, staff and various campus industries.
Library: This work area provides experience in information retrieval
including traditional library skills combined with current technology. Work
opportunities include office procedures, patron service, processing and storage
of materials and computer skills. Audio-Visual experience includes maintenance,
delivery, and use of a variety of equipment.
Machine Shop: Students work as assistant machinists and welders in performing
general mechanical work and maintenance of equipment.
Mail Operations: Students process the campus mail and prepare outgoing
mail. The students also use computer terminals to update the VIP (Very Important
Persons) System, utilizing modern computer technology.
Edwards Mill/Weaving: Students and their supervisor operate this practical,
working mill, constructed authentically in the tradition of the early Ozarks.
Corn and wheat are ground to form meal, flour and other grain products. Students
make handcrafted items such as baskets and learn techniques of dyeing, hand
spinning, and traditional loom weaving to produce various woven articles. All
student-made products are for sale in the Mill and in The Keeter Center gift
Ralph Foster Museum: Students at the Ralph Foster Museum perform the
day to day operations of running a museum in the capacity of cashiers, security
guards, and custodial. They assist permanent staff in artifact research, creating
labels, and the construction of new displays. They also assist permanent staff
in the area of documentation, inventory, and other necessary clerical duties.
OUTLOOK and PHOENIX: The student workers assigned to these two publications,
the student newspaper and yearbook, have the responsibility
of organizing, publishing and distributing the publications
Power Plant: This operation produces steam for the campus heating and
hot water systems and generates electrical power on a standby basis.
Radio Station: The students assigned to the campus stereo FM radio station
work as announcers, writers, operators, engineer’s assistants, and secretarial
or office workers.
Security: This area provides experience for Criminal Justice majors
as they work directly with (and function as a real part of) the Campus Security
staff and system.
Stained Glass and Candles: Students and their supervisor design and
create decorative stained glass items of various kinds, as well as specialty
candles and stepping stones, for sale in the Keeter Center gift shop.
Switchboard: Students share the responsibility of handling incoming
phone calls and maintaining radio contact with the campus security officer on
duty and various other college officials.
Transportation: Students who work in this area are involved in the operation,
repair and maintenance of the college's cars, trucks and vans. The department
provides transportation for off-campus trips and transports goods to the point
Warehouse: Under supervision, students fill requisitions for the various
items needed by the industries and offices of the campus, and gain experience
in receiving, pricing, stocking and other warehouse operations.
Water Treatment Plant: The McDonald/Southard Water Treatment Plant enables
students and their supervisor to process water from Lake Taneycomo for domestic
use on campus, replacing the old water supply from deep wells.