Community Work-Study (CWS) Prospective Partners

Program Description

The Alamo Colleges District partners with 501(c)3 non-profit and governmental agencies, as well as public school districts, to provide eligible work-study students with opportunities to work in a real-world environment, ideally in positions that align with the student’s field of study. Eligible students work with a partnering agency with 100% of the student wages paid by Alamo Colleges through federal financial aid funding.

Partnering agencies determine (1) the position(s) offered, (2) the number of positions they want to fill, (3) whether they want to supplement the hourly pay rate (minimum $14.37), and (4) the number of hours a student will work per week (between 10 and 19).

Employers commit to a student’s employment per semester and may rehire the student for subsequent semesters, or may hire a new student each semester. Employers are required to accommodate students’ academic schedules and activities.

Partner Eligibility

Eligible partners may interview and hire students in the following fields of study:

(For a complete list of majors, visit WS Majors)

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
  • Advanced Manufacturing & Logistics (including Industrial Trades)
  • Health & Biosciences
  • Creative & Communication Arts
  • Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Public Services

For a complete list of majors, visit WS Majors

Program Details

Partnering Agencies:

  • Attend a CWS Prospective Partner Briefing
  • Complete a Partner Agreement; Submit copy of 501(c)3 letter 
  • Post position(s) on the Alamo Colleges work-study job bank
  • Receive and consider student resumes
  • Interview candidates; Make job offers
  • After hiring a student, pay per semester, 100% of any supplemental pay the employer has offered
  • Submit student work-study time sheets in a timely manner

Alamo Colleges:

  • Promotes available positions to eligible students
  • Refers students for employment consideration
  • Conducts basic criminal background checks
  • Manages HR matters and issues payroll
  • Funds 100% of student minimum wage through federal financial aid funds



Ready to Learn More?

Prospective CWS partners are recruited annually during the month of June. Register to attend a CWS Prospective Partner Briefing on the second Thursday of June at either 9:00 am or 3:00 pm. Attending the CWS Employer Briefing is a required step of the CWS Partner onboarding process.

Jun 13 2024 09:​00 AM Central Time


June 13, 2024 03:​00 PM Central Time


Areas of High Need

If you are a non-profit or public agency looking to participate in the Community Work-Study program and are seeking students majoring in the areas listed below, please email Dr. Martha Trevino, Director at to discuss onboarding at any point during the academic year. 

• Architecture
• Computer Science
• Engineering, all
• Healthcare
• Information Technology, all
• Sciences, all

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