Learn and Earn

At OSU-Cascades, we’re known for academic excellence and for providing undergraduate students with hands-on opportunities in their chosen fields. These Learn and Earn opportunities will build your skills and resumes, while giving you year-round, or academic-year, part-time employment.

Early Childhood Career Development Program

Save up to $12,000 in tuition.

Open enrollment. Apply any term. See deadlines below.

Interested in working with young children? This 12-month program will jumpstart your career in early learning and provide financial tuition support. It will help you:

  • Get up to 45 academic credits toward your degree at no cost, a value of up to $12,000.
  • Work part-time with children while taking classes, earning $15.50/hr.
  • Learn from a faculty mentor.
  • Receive valuable career placement advising.
  • Build experience to meet Oregon qualifications to be an early learning child care teacher.

Please submit by the following deadlines for these upcoming terms:

Summer 24 Start: 5/13 (priority), 5/27 (deadline)
Fall 24 Start: 4/22 (priority), 6/17 (extended priority), 8/12 (deadline)
Winter 25 Start: 11/25 (priority), 12/9 (deadline)
Spring 25 Start: 2/17 (priority), 3/3 (deadline)

Space is limited. Learn more.

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Bend Park and Recreation District, Kids INC Program

Get a $5,250 scholarship plus earn an hourly wage.

Interested in leadership, recreation, working with kids, or community involvement? Earn an hourly wage, plus a $5,250 scholarship, when you work with Kids INC one of Bend’s most established after-school care programs for  children and youths. You’ll lead them in indoor and outdoor enriching activities, and help create a positive, welcoming and safe environment.

  • Work in locations and recreation settings around Bend, with school age children or youths.
  • Commit to 20 hours a week until June 13, 2025
  • Work Monday to Friday from 2 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Take time off during Bend La Pine School District holidays (typically match OSU designated holidays)

Applications are reviewed weekly. BPRD is looking for students to work with them for the 2024-2025 academic year.

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