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.

Student Work Placements

  • Cafeteria
  • Grounds
  • Maitenance
  • High School Teacher's Assistant
  • Elementary School Teacher's Assistant
  • Business Office
  • Resident Assistant
  • Digital Media
  • Boys' and Girls' Dormitory
  • Business Office
  • Yearbook Editor
  • Campus Ministries
  • Janitorial
  • McKee Foods (Little Debbie)
  • Student Tutor

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. Each student works an average of 10 hours per week and over the course of a school year will work approximately 300 hours. So, for example, if a sponsor pledges to pay $1 for each hour a student works they will contribute approximately $300 to the student's account over the course of the school year.

There are multiple options for work sponsors: a one-time payment, a fixed monthly payment, or a monthly payment based on student labor. If either monthly payment option is chosen, the Business Office will bill the sponsor.

Students who apply for financial aid are required to actively seek work sponsors. 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.

Contact Us

For questions regarding Ozark Adventist Academy's work program please contact Donald Upson at 479.736.2221 ext. 124 or via email at
[email protected]

Work Sponsorship Pledge Form

The Work Sponsorship Pledge Form is available to download here. It is the student and their family's responsibility to find work sponsors, to fill out the forms, and return the forms to OAA's Business Office.

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