Community Collaboration Means Jobs and Educational Boost:
Date: Aug. 15, 2002
Over 100 Local Students Benefit From UC Partnership
By: Eric Lose
Phone: (513) 556-1806
Photos by Dottie Stover
Archive: General News
The University of Cincinnati and the Citizens Committee on Youth (CCY) came up with a good recipe for future success by offering campus summer jobs to teenagers. Since June more than 115 students have had the chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at education and gain valuable work experience at the same time.
The high school students applied for summer work through CCY and averaged 20 hours a week in various departments. Fourteen year-old Kimberly Jackson from Western Hills High School worked with Irene Boling, a program specialist at CBA's Economics Center for Education and Research. Boling was glad her department participated.
"Our director, George Vredeveld, is a strong supporter of this type of program. We deal with economic opportunities for children, and this is just following through."
Boling felt that UC benefits because students become familiar with the campus. "They see it as a place to work and a place to learn," she said. Student worker Jackson viewed it as good training and experience. "I learned a lot about using computers and what goes on in an office. After high school I want to come here and major in business."
Executive Staff Assistant Tondra Holt had two CCY teens helping her in the administrative offices at CCM. "They develop a sense of responsibility and learn what's expected of them in a general office setting. They're really good kids, plus it relieves me of day-to-day duties so I can work on other things."
Ashlee Weaver, fifteen year-old from Cincinnati Christian School said she has learned a lot while working with Holt. "It's given me the basics of office work which I can use in the future, and I never knew there was so much going on at UC. There are so many opportunities and colleges. It really changed my view."
Bill Love, assistant director at Facilities Management has 28 CCY students working in his department. "They're all over the place, he said." Love partners the teens one-on-one with fulltime staff, plus he gives them some solo assignments.
Love manages 70 employees, and said the 28 students create a little more work for him "but I don't mind. They're good kids and a joy to be around."