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Work Placements Available for Students

Cafeteria
Grounds
Maintenance
High School Teacher's Assistant
Elementary School Teacher's Assistant
Business Office
Resident Assistant
Boys' and Girls' Dormitory
Yearbook Editor
Campus Ministries
Janitorial
McKee Foods (Little Debbie)
Assist Program*
Student Tutor
Library/Attendance

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For questions regarding Ozark Adventist Academy's work program please contact Donald upson.

The Assist Program

*In partnership with Southern Adventist University's ASSIST grant program, Ozark Adventist Academy is able to offer students the ability to participate in a unique work opportunity.

In an effort to span generational gaps, students are paired with mentoring elderly adults in the local church and community. The students and their mentors build relationships as the students help them with activies such as cooking, light cleaning, yard work, and helping with miscellaneous chores. The program also encourages the students and their mentors to get to know each other with activites such as playing games and visiting. As Ozark's students build generational bridges, they benefit from their mentor's wisdom and life experiences.

For example, one of the members from a local Seventh-day Adventist Church, who participated as a mentor in the program, had a couple of Ozark's female students helping her cook some amazing recipes in her kitchen. As they spent time working and talking together, the students benefited from her insight and experience, and she enjoyed their youthful energy, smiles, and friendship.

Work Program   

Since its inception, Ozark's work program was designed to develop practical work skills, cultivate character traits such as dependability and self-confidence, and help pay tuition costs. During the admissions/enrollment process students are encouraged to choose their top three work placement choices. Ozark's work coordinator will attempt to place students in one of these areas but because some positions are limited this is not always possible.

On average a typical student usually works 10 hours per week (2 hours/school day) and can earn approximately $2500.00 towards their tuition during the course of a school year.

Because of state regulations students ages fourteen and fifteen may only work during the hours 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on school days. Students under the age of sixteen are also required to obtain a work permit from the State of Arkansas before they can begin working. To obtain the permit, parents need to send a copy of the student's birth certificate to the Business Office and fill out the required form (which is also available by contacting the Business Office). Business Office staff will then submit the application for the student. Generally, it takes about a week for the permit to be received.

International students and students under the age of fourteen do not participate in the work program because they cannot legally work in the United States.

Work Sponsorship

The work sponsorship program is often utilized by students as a way for family, friends, and church members to financially support their desire to obtain a Christian Education. A work sponsor is someone who pledges to pay a certain amount towards a student's tuition per hour the student works. For example, if a sponsor pledges to pay $1 for each hour a student works, if the student works the typical 10 hours/week, at the end of the month the business office would bill the sponsor $40.

Students who apply for financial aid are required to actively seek work sponsors in their home town and church. The minimum amount a sponsor can pledge in the program is $0.25/per hour. Pledges usually range from $0.25 to $5.00 per hour.

The Work Sponsorship Pledge Form is available for download via the link below.

Work Sponsorship Form

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