4 Reasons SLC Works Can Help You Find a Job Post-Grad

Posted by Jamie Grant on 4/27/17 7:30 AM

In today’s job market, finding work after college isn’t always easy. In fact, it can be a major source of stress for college seniors. Between finishing up major projects, studying for final exams, and planning for graduation, job hunting can seem like a herculean task.

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Work-study vs. work college: What’s the difference?

Posted by Jamie Grant on 3/23/17 12:38 PM

It’s hard not to think about the high cost of tuition and wonder how you’re going to pay for college. The financial aid process can be dizzying with its grants, scholarships, private loans, part-time employment and awards — the list seems endless.

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What Are Your Options for Work During College? Work College vs. Traditional Work Options for College Students

Posted by Jamie Grant on 1/26/17 7:30 AM

Having a part-time (or full-time) job while attending college is common for many students. Whether it’s bussing tables at a local restaurant between classes or stocking bookshelves at the campus library, having a job in college allows you to earn money and gain experience while in school.

You know you want a job when you go to college, but with so many options, you are unsure which is the best fit for you. Should you go with a part-time work study job, a full-time job alongside evening class, or a part-time job and regular class schedule?

But there’s another option for students who want to boost their resume and help pay tuition while going to school — attending a college where students work alongside faculty and staff. This is known as a work college.

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How Work Colleges Can Prevent Debt & Joblessness

Posted by Jamie Grant on 11/10/16 7:45 AM

Academics and location are obvious factors to carefully consider when choosing a college. But one consideration often left unthought of is — where your college or university of choice will leave you professionally and financially post graduation. Will it give you work experience? Will it leave you in debt or in good financial standing? Or, will you be so busy focusing on your studies that it would be nearly impossible to find time to even apply for a job?

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The 5 Principles of a Work College Model

Posted by Jamie Grant on 10/7/16 1:00 PM

We live in a time when far too many students graduate with four-year degrees only to struggle in finding or keeping a job. Sometimes we can blame location and lack of employment opportunities, but oftentimes these graduates have a significant lack of work experience.

A Work College is designed to equip students with practical, applicable professional skills. This model requires students to participate in a work-learning-service program, which enables students to graduate in good financial standing (money earned is applied directly toward tuition cost), as well as with valuable work experience that enables them to transfer their skills to any position.

Here are five principles of a Work College model and how they can prepare you for success upon graduation.

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An Integrated Life: How Franciscan Spirituality Enriches the Work College Model

Posted by Jamie Grant on 5/12/16 10:30 AM

God ordained work from the beginning. He Himself worked to create the world and then He rested on the seventh day. We follow in God’s footsteps by working. We have the ability to be creative, to make plans, to organize and improve the world. Yet modernity would have us view work as a burden, rather than a noble gift that allows us to live in the image of God.

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3 Questions Answered About the Work College Program

Posted by Jamie Grant on 3/17/16 2:00 PM

Has it ever occurred to you that you have the ability to attend college, work in accordance with your class schedule, reduce the cost of tuition, and work alongside your friends? A Work College Program is a way to do just that.

One question often unconsidered when it’s to make your college selections is: “What about attending a Work College?” You may be thinking, “Well, what even is a Work College?” Or, “The words “work” and “college” sound excruciatingly unappetizing (especially together!).”

Let me tell you. They’re not. And here are three questions that help answer why.

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An Exciting New Step for Silver Lake College: Introducing the Work College Model

Posted by Chris Domes on 10/1/15 10:33 AM

As we begin this new academic year, Silver Lake College of the Holy Family celebrates its 80th anniversary. This is a significant milestone for the College, and as I begin my third year as President I am keenly aware of the importance of this moment for this very special place.

The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity set in motion decades ago a dream to begin a college to educate the women from their community to serve the Church and the world. Today at Silver Lake College, students and families discover an institution of higher education committed to the founding mission of educating the whole person—mind, body and spirit.

At the heart of our work is a commitment to solid academics, professional and leadership development, and providing our students the opportunity to grow spiritually, culturally and personally. We are preparing students for successful lives in the 21st century. Our students are armed as lifelong learners to adapt to an ever changing professional landscape.

Through a process of listening and collaboration, the College community, with the endorsement of the Board of Directors, launched a plan entitled “Foundations for the Future.” This plan is intended to guide the direction of the College over the next three to five years. I would like to highlight from the plan one of the strategic directions the College will be taking during the coming months and years—the Work College Model.

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About This Blog

Deciding where, when and by what means to go to college can be a difficult decision process. We want to help! The Silver Lake Blog is intended to be a resource as you navigate these choices, from what type of school to choose to how to finance your education. Watch this space for helpful tips. 

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