At Salt Lake Community College (UT), officials are trying to increase the number of on-campus jobs as a student retention strategy. The institution has raised its minimum wage to $15/hour and also used federal funding to open more on-campus jobs. “What we're trying to do now on campus is [expand] all of our part-time employment and have everybody hire students,” said President Deneece Huftalin. “We know if they work on campus and can stay on campus and can network that way, they're much more successful, much more likely to complete.”
Career Services Director Ella Aho told KUER 90.1 that SLCC has worked not only to create more student jobs but to also make them more flexible and competitive. According to the station, school officials recommended “simplifying the hiring process, providing additional pay for students who speak multiple languages and offering things like free parking, tuition waivers and vouchers for childcare and mental health services.”
Many jobs are also tied to the development of relevant skills as a way to sell students on the benefits of working at school.
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