Off-Campus Work Study

Mount Holyoke College students receiving federal work-study (FWS) as part of their financial aid package may be eligible for academic-year employment off-campus. Students interested in off-campus work-study, and employers interested in hosting such students should read below for additional information about eligibility, opportunities, and procedures for applying/recruiting.

The Community-Based Learning Program places students eligible for federal work-study in paid  employment with:

  1. tutoring programs and schools partnering with the CBL Program, located in South Hadley and Holyoke through the America Reads/America Counts program, and
  2. not-for-profit and public service organizations and programs who are prepared to cost-share 15% of students’ hourly wages through the Community-Based Work Study (CBWS) program.

All employers are responsible for local training and supervision of work-study students, and for collaborating with the CBL Program to ensure placements yield mutual benefits to
organizations/programs and students.



Mount Holyoke College students are eligible for an off-campus work-study placement if:

  1. you are a US citizen and receive federal work-study as a component of your financial aid package – please check with Student Financial Services if you are unsure; and
  2. you have completed one semester of on-campus employment as a pre-requisite to off-campus work.


America Reads/America Counts: The CBL Program works with selected schools and after-school programs in South Hadley and Holyoke for tutoring placements. Please contact Youth Partnerships Coordinator Anne Schlereth at or 413-538-3065 for more information.

Community-Based Work Study (CBWS): The CBWS Program works with site partners:

  1. who can demonstrate commitment to, and success in, hosting, supervising, and employing college student employees for learning and professional development opportunities,
  2. with whom CBL staff can build and maintain mutually-beneficial partnerships, and
  3. for whom Mount Holyoke College can ensure consistent and reliable transportation.

Please contact Director of Community Engagement, Dr. Alan Bloomgarden at or 413-538-3072 for more information.


America Reads/America Counts Tutors

Mount Holyoke College partners with schools, after-school programs, and family literacy initiatives in South Hadley and Holyoke. Together, we recruit, train, and supervise paid tutors of youth in grades K-9. “America Reads” tutors support literacy and reading proficiency, “America Counts” tutors support math literacy and proficiency. Currently, Mount Holyoke College limits America Reads/America Counts placements to South Hadley and Holyoke in order to concentrate our transportation, training and supervision resources for the greatest impact. Read more information about our partners. Interested students should start by completing an application form. A staff member from the CBL Program will contact you within a few days. Further inquiries can be directed to Youth Partnerships Coordinator Anne Schlereth at or 413-538-3065.

Community-Based Work-Study

Students may find available opportunities for Community-Based Work-Study on the college’s JobX site.

Students and employers seeking to propose and recruit for positions other than those listed should contact Director of Community Engagement, Dr. Alan Bloomgarden at or 413-538-3072 for more information.


The CBL Program, in partnership with Fleet Services and the Five College Community-Based Learning Committee, provides several transportation options to enable students to get to and from America Reads/America Counts tutoring program partner sites, and to/from other CBL, CBWS, and CAUSE/Community Service site partners in South Hadley and Holyoke. See the CBL Transportation Policies for more information.