Work Program

 

Office Information

Administration Building Room 206
Phone: (214) 379-5517
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
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VISION

The vision of the Paul Quinn College Work Program (“the Work Program”) is to transform ability into action and potential into achievement by encouraging all students to embrace the ideals of disciplined work, servant leadership, and initiative in preparation for lives of financial freedom, community engagement, and outstanding character.

 

MISSION

The Work Program is designed to provide students with meaningful work opportunities that allow them to better serve the Paul Quinn community while also developing the necessary skills, habits, and experiences to be competitive in the 21st-century job market and practicing economic leadership by actively contributing towards the cost of their education. This mission is fulfilled by:

• Creating a workforce that provides PQC with the staffing for campus operations and students with opportunities for debt reduction.
• Expanding the educational experience of the student body.
• Strengthening students’ work ethic and commitment to the service of others.
• Encouraging the pursuit of excellence, reflection, and self-development.
• Producing effective, high-quality work supervisors.


All residential, full-time students are required to participate in the Work Program regardless of their financial need. Participation looks different for each student depending on student’s interests, our campus needs, and the staffing needs of our corporate partners. With more than 35 workstations to choose from, our goal is to lead by example, by returning our students to our families and communities, better and more well-rounded than we found them.
 

WORK COLLEGE CONSORTIUM

Paul Quinn College hopes to join the ranks of eight federally-funded work colleges in the coming year. When it does, Paul Quinn will be the ninth federally-funded work college in the United States, the first minority serving institution in the Work College Consortium, and the only work college in Texas.

 

WORK PROGRAM

All residential, full-time students are required to participate in the Work Program regardless of their financial need. As part of their participation, students work between 300 and 400 hours per academic year in order to earn the full tuition assistance grant of $5,000 and to receive a cash payment of between $1,000 and $1,500. Students are permitted to work a minimum of 10 hours per week and a maximum of 20 hours per week.

Participation in the Work Program looks different for each student depending on the student’s interest and our campus needs. One student may assist administratively in the Registrar’s Office, while another develops networking skills at our External Affairs workstation, and yet another, reaches beyond the gates of Paul Quinn by participating the Corporate Work Program. With more than 35 workstations to choose from, our goal is to lead by example by returning our students to their families and communities, better and more well-rounded than we found them. Each workstation is staffed with a supervisor who is committed to ensuring that students perform their jobs well. More importantly, supervisors are primarily charged with developing and mentoring students through uplifting instruction and modeling positive behaviors and attitudes.

 

STUDENT DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION

Interns are assigned to supervisors who act both as a manager and a professional mentor. Interns receive formal work performance evaluations at both the midpoint and at the end of each semester. The ratings on the final evaluations are used to calculate grades for interns, which are placed on transcripts.

Supervisors regularly provide students with constructive feedback throughout the school year; however, students receive formal performance evaluations at the end of each semester. Students receive letter grades, “A” through “F”, based on the degree they fulfill the following expectations and skills:

  • Attendance/ Punctuality
  • Accountability
  • Initiative/ Willingness to Learn
  • Teamwork/ Attitude
  • Prideful Workmanship/ Presentation
  • Response to Supervision
  • Workplace Culture, Policy, and Safety
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking

Final evaluation grades are reported on students’ work transcripts but do not factor into academic GPAs.

Similar to the on-campus component, the Corporate Work Program is an educational program as well as being a financial assistance program for students. Because of this important goal, corporate partners are asked to ensure that interns who work for them are given meaningful, substantial work that challenges them on a daily basis.

On-Campus ApplicationOn-Campus Work Agreement FormOff-Campus Work Agreement Form2016-2017 Work Program Student HandbookPQC Urban College Tuition Model

WORK PROGRAM

With more than 35 workstations to choose from, our goal is to lead by example by returning our students to their families and communities, better and more well-rounded than we found them. Each workstation is staffed with a supervisor who is committed to ensuring that students perform their jobs well. More importantly, supervisors are primarily charged with developing and mentoring students through uplifting instruction and modeling positive behaviors and attitudes.
 
2016-2017 Work Program Student Handbook

CORPORATE WORK PROGRAM

Our students come from a variety of backgrounds including the Cristo Rey Network. After assessing a student’s level of work readiness, we identify the best placement for the student based on their major and their personal career goals. The most qualified students are identified for the Corporate Work Program, the off-campus component of the Work Program. Corporate Work Program students work 16-20 hours per week, totaling 400 hours each academic year. Interns work throughout the Dallas-area in various industries, including non-profit organizations and government agencies.

The College strives to find interns that match the qualifications and backgrounds described by corporate partners. While Paul Quinn selects the students who are eligible to participate in the program, corporate partners may interview and vet interns prior to hiring. All student interns are screened and are required to attend training before they are fully admitted into the Corporate Work Program and matched to corporate partners.

 

CORPORATE PARTNER INVESTMENT

Businesses who are interested in becoming corporate partners agree to pay the College $7,500 per year to hire an intern through the program. Of that $7,500, $5,000 is applied directly to the student’s ledger in the form of a tuition assistance grant; $1,500 is given to the intern as a cash stipend and the remaining funds are used to cover transportation costs and internal administrative fees. Businesses have the option of paying the fee upfront or in installments throughout the year.

 

STUDENT DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION

Interns are assigned to supervisors who act both as a manager and a professional mentor. Interns receive formal work performance evaluations at both the midpoint and at the end of each semester. The ratings on the final evaluations are used to calculate grades for interns, which are placed on transcripts.

Supervisors regularly provide students with constructive feedback throughout the school year; however, students receive formal performance evaluations at the end of each semester. Students receive letter grades, “A” through “F”, based on the degree they fulfill the following expectations and skills:

  • Attendance/ Punctuality
  • Accountability
  • Initiative/ Willingness to Learn
  • Teamwork/ Attitude
  • Prideful Workmanship/ Presentation
  • Response to Supervision
  • Workplace Culture, Policy, and Safety
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking

Final evaluation grades are reported on students’ work transcripts but do not factor into academic GPAs.

Similar to the on-campus component, the Corporate Work Program is an educational program as well as being a financial assistance program for students. Because of this important goal, corporate partners are asked to ensure that interns who work for them are given meaningful, substantial work that challenges them on a daily basis.

 

Nithya Govindasamy

Dean of Work Program
214-379-5517 (Office)
614-588-6433 (Cell)
NGovindasamy@pqc.edu

 

 

 

Melanie Wagner

Asst. Dean of Work Program
214-379-5437 (Office)
MWagner@pqc.edu

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