Help out at North House and earn course credit!
The Work Study Program at North House Folk School is an incentivised program through which folks can earn credit towards taking classes by helping out with less-glamorous but highly valued functions of the school. Work Study is part of the North House Accessibility Program.
North House offers two varieties of work study: weekly drop-in and extended sessions. Participants in both types earn an hour of course credit for each hour worked. Read on to learn more!
Weekly Drop-in Work Study
Each Wednesday at 1pm, a dedicated crew gathers to keep campus moving forward – everything from classroom set-up to deep cleaning; landscaping to recycling. Everyone is welcome — no application or pre-registration required! Just come down to the Blue Building on the North House campus and we will put you to work for 2 to 3 hours.
Each hour of work on campus earns one hour of class tuition. Bonus work study credit is awarded to anyone who attends three Wednesdays of the same month.
Extended Session Work Study
Note January 2021: Due to the pandemic, parts of this program are a little different and more socially distant. Work Study participants will have to follow our Covid Policies. Please contact the Program Manager if there are any questions.
North House offers extended work study sessions of 1 - 3 weeks for those that seek a deeper engagement with campus life. These sessions integrate courses with work on campus. Several of these are built around larger events or craft-specific weeks, encouraging a rich connection with like-minded instructors, students, and visitors. Anyone may sign up for Work Study. That said, Work Study is a key strategy for ensuring programs are financially accessible to everyone.
Lodging will be provided during your stay. Expect to earn 24 - 32 hours of work study credit per week. Extended session participants should come prepared to work outside and in, also willing and physically capable of completing a wide range of projects. Setting up classrooms, sweeping floors, washing windows, moving tables, cleaning bathrooms, mowing lawns, watering gardens, digging holes, folding letters and more!
In addition to your work on campus and time in the classroom, you'll have plenty of time to explore the Grand Marais area and plug into the local community.
Extended Session 2021 Schedule & Application
Work Study participants during this session are housed in yurts, next door to campus, at the Grand Marais Recreation Park.