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Local partnership to create part-time jobs for NKU students on campus — could lead to opportunities

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Education at Work:  Jobs on campus

Education at Work: Jobs on campus

A local partnership will bring 70 part-time jobs to Northern Kentucky University students in October 2016, with more jobs to come.

The partnership, between Education at Work (EAW), NKU and Paycor, a cloud-based human capital management platform provider in Cincinnati, will ultimately create more than 200 on-campus part-time jobs at an on-campus contact center, providing wages and tuition assistance to help students cover college costs.

As Paycor representatives, students will build professional experience in client and technical back office support. Each EAW student employee will earn a competitive hourly wage, plus the opportunity to earn up to $6,000 in tuition assistance per year through EAW’s tuition assistance program.

The part-time jobs can ultimately lead to post-graduate opportunities with Paycor.

“Paycor is proud to support an organization that is making a difference in our region,” says Christine Kowalcyk, Paycor chief customer officer. “Through this collaboration we prepare talented students in the tristate for their careers post-graduation, and we will potentially recruit these same students for professional positions within Paycor.”

The NKU location is the third EAW on-campus center.

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EAW recently opened a center at Arizona State University. It also operates a center at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati.

EAW is an affiliate of USA Funds, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit organization that supports Completion With a Purpose, enhancing student success in college and careers. Since its inception in 2012, EAW has awarded $271,946 in tuition assistance and $1,135,329 in wages to NKU students who have worked at the organization’s headquarters in Cincinnati or on a client site. To date, EAW student employees nationally have earned more than $2.3 million in tuition assistance and $11.3 million in wages.

“When I founded Education at Work, I intended to help college students in the tristate and then expand the mission nationally,” says Dave Dougherty, EAW chief executive officer and founder. “Our region is fueled by innovative companies as well as forward-thinking universities, so we are thrilled that our latest on-campus partnership is with a leader from both of these sectors.”

NKU President Geoffrey S. Mearns says the partnership will allow NKU students to thrive in an organization that challenges them academically, while helping them gain professional experience and graduate with less debt.

“We know that it can be difficult to be a student today, and that one significant obstacle to student success is often financial,” says Mearns.

A grand opening celebration for the center is planned for October.

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