Setting Our Students Up for Future Success
It's been quite a school year for the Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP). For almost 20 years, DLSNC has had the privilege of working with our corporate partners to provide all students with a work study placement. When the pandemic hit, we were faced with the same challenge that so many of you were—how to reimagine our program in a virtual world.
We needed to create a CWSP model that would be both meaningful for our partners and our students, with the goal of setting our students up for future success. Because of the CWSP team, the commitment and flexibility of our partners, and the resilience of our students, we were able to do just that.
We are so thankful to have 42 partner companies hosting 76 of our students virtually, conducting weekly Meet & Greets. The new approach not only helped solve our need to be remote, but it also provided an enhanced platform for partners and students to get to know one another on a deeper level, to understand the various departments within a business, and to ask questions.
Our very own Ms. Waibel teaches a career readiness class for our students who are not in job placements this year. This class has been instrumental in ensuring that our students maintain their work skills and has given them a platform to engage in meaningful discussions about their future career aspirations. All freshmen are completing their Summer Employment Foundation Academy (SEFA) training throughout the year to be fully prepared for future placements. Lastly, Board of Trustees and Ambassador Board members are hosting virtual industry panels for our freshmen to get a taste of the corporate world this year.
We have already started to envision and plan for the fall semester, incorporating the lessons we have learned this year, and look forward to unveiling what the future may look like. Until then, we want to extend our gratitude and appreciation to all our partners. Because of you, our students have not missed a beat—they have continued to develop relationships, they have a better understanding of the importance of creating a network, and are prepared for what the workforce may look like today, tomorrow, and in the future.
CWSP Director of Operations