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April 1, 2013

Week set aside to recognize student employees

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Student Employment Services in Purdue's Division of Financial Aid and colleges and universities across the country encourage campus and community employers to recognize their student employees' efforts during National Student Employment Week on April 7-13.

The National Student Employment Association (NSEA) annually promotes the second week of April to recognize the importance of the student work experience and to acknowledge student workers and the valuable roles they fulfill in their on- and off-campus job positions.

"Besides being an avenue to earn a paycheck to help pay college costs and keep debt burden down, student employment can offer career-enhancing opportunities, development of relevant job skills and better preparation for the job market upon graduation," said David Reseigh, assistant director of outreach services in Purdue's Division of Financial Aid. "It is important to set aside time this week to acknowledge the work that our student employees do for us."

Purdue offers a variety of programs, such as federal work study, co-operative education and internship opportunities, to bring student workers and employers together.

"Both campus employers and local nonprofit agencies can benefit from hiring Federal Work-Study eligible students as the government subsidizes the student's wage, sometimes up to 100 percent for some specific job programs," Reseigh said.

For more information about National Student Employment Week or the services offered to Purdue students and employers, contact Student Employment Services in Schleman Hall, Room 302, at 765-494-5056.

Source: David Reseigh, 765-496-3919, dlreseigh@purdue.edu