Student Employment at FRCC-Westminster

By Jacob Hallberg

Financial status plays a significant role in the overall stress level of many students attending Front Range Community College. The job market can seem like a scary front, but in truth employment at Front Range Community College is a smooth process if you are willing to put in the effort. Front Range Community College strives to choose students who go above and beyond just their studies.

Student employment at Front Range Community is separated into two categories of work. Student hourly and Work study. Student hourly employment is available to students who are enrolled in a minimum of at least six credit hours. Summer employment for student hourly is available if the student was enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours in the spring semester and also enrolled in the fall semester with a minimum of six credit hours. Work study employment uses financial aid assistance to employ students. However, work study employment is only available to qualifying participants who have completed the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have requested the aid.

For both types of employment students are typically able to work 20 hours per week when classes are in session, however, during breaks or in the summer semester there are opportunities to work a total of 28 hours per week.

The benefit of student employment is the flexible work schedule. Front Range Community College is aware of the strict schedule that students have and aim to create opportunities in any opening available. Students can work in-between their classes or on their off days to maximize the hours of employment. Traditionally, employees must adjust their schedules to maximize hours, however, work study and student hourly gives the interesting perspective that enables employment in the narrowest of schedules.

Additionally, student employment offers many opportunities to improve vital skill sets. Working in the Information Technology (IT) Department teaches employees to solve technological issues that can be essential in terms of future employment. Similarly, working as a Front Desk Attendant develops social skills as you are constantly communicating with the student base while also gaining office clerical skills.

One of the best parts about working as a student employee at Front Range Community College is the amazing staff that works with you. Respect is given to all and you feel valued as an employee and also as a friend. The communal aspect of work draws you closer to one another and a day at work never feels tiresome. Studies also show that students who are more engaged on campus often perform better in the classroom and working on campus can be a great way to be more involved.

Students interested in employment can visit frontrange-openhire.silkroad.com to search through the current job postings. The application process may seem daunting, but it really is vital to the hiring process. The Career Success Center, located in the Welcome Center of FRCC-Westminster, is a resource for students that can make the process less intimidating. They offer workshops on writing resumes, help develop interview skills or help you figure out an academic and career plan, plus more. More information can be found on the FRCC Website. Last, don’t worry if a response is not given immediately, it likely means that Front Range Community College staff are overlooking your application. Good luck in your future job endeavors.

The Front Page is Hiring! Do you enjoy writing? Are you interested in a career in journalism? If so, consider writing for the Front Page this year! We are looking for a few writers to join our staff for the fall and spring semesters. Students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits, Work-Study students preferred but not mandatory. Hours are very flexible as we work more on deadlines and less on set hours. If interested, email Alex at aliethen@student.cccs.edu.

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