Our Vocational Pillar is to promote a strong work ethic encouraging the development of good character and values.
At College of the Ozarks, we call ourselves Hard Work U. That's because our work program sets us apart from nearly every other college in the country. Our work education program lets us provide a distinctive education that will help you achieve your life goals and objectives.
At College of the Ozarks, you help pay for your education in a way that truly enriches your learning. As a full-time student, you work 15 hours each week at your assigned campus work station. The work education program will involve you in one of over 80 diverse and fulfilling work areas. You'll find that your on-the-job experience gives you a significant competitive edge when you begin your career after college.
Your participation in the work program might mean spending 15 hours a week working in the Child Development Center, Information Technology Department, Ralph Foster Museum, McDonald Clinic, or in any of the 80 other work areas on campus. Although your studies and college work program job take priority, many students at Hard Work U find they are also able to earn supplemental income through part time employment with the many employers in nearby Hollister and Branson, Missouri.
Your campus job helps pay for the Tuition Assurance* at College of the Ozarks. Combined with scholarships and grants, your work scholarship will cover the Tuition Assurance, making your College of the Ozarks education very affordable. The work education program means freedom from having to pay back large school loans after graduation. Best of all, the on-the-job experience you gain as a College of the Ozarks student will add extra dimension to your learning. There are many benefits to a work college - you’ll be starting your career debt free, well educated, and work experienced!
Unlike the federal "work-study" programs that most colleges offer, our work education program lets you contribute in a very significant way, both to your education and to the betterment of the C of O community. In addition to your normal weekly 15 hours during each semester, you'll work two 40 hour weeks each year chosen from the weeks when classes are not in session. Although the scholarship program is need-based, your room and board may also be covered by working six weeks per term during your summer break. Combined with other scholarships and grants, your work scholarship can cover the entire Tuition Assurance.
*Please note that Tuition Assurance is the cost to provide academic courses for students and does not include room and board, fees or books.