Message from Dr. Belinda S. Miles: Summer Reading – June 21, 2019
June 21, 2019
A few weeks ago, we read about a new U.S. Federal Work Study experimental program to expand education-related jobs, paid internships, apprenticeships, and similar opportunities for students by removing limits on FWS funds that support students employed in the private sector. I enjoyed reading and responding to your reactions.
This new article reports a correlation between working while in college and higher earnings after college. It is an interesting read that leaves key questions unanswered, like the impact of hours worked, pay rate, and whether the work was related to a program of study.
This is worthy of further study and discussion, especially now that the U.S. Department of Education is inviting colleges to participate in a new FWS pilot/demonstration program. How might we advance economic mobility by expanding high-impact practices like internships with business and industry partners? How are those experiences helpful in keeping students on a pathway to complete their programs and degrees? Please continue to share your comments and ideas.
In other applied learning “news,” yesterday, seventeen of our own STEM scholars gave presentations on research they conducted as members of the WCC/Mercy Summer Research Academy program. WCC and Mercy students worked together over four weeks in a research experience aligned with their academic studies. Thanks to Diane Krusko and Professors Margaret Eiden and John Watkins for your participation and for helping to provide our students with innovative, co-curricular learning experiences.
Today marks the official start of summer. I hope it’s a time of relaxation and rejuvenation for you!
Dr. Belinda S. Miles