Harlandale ISD partners with Alamo Colleges District for work-study program

Harlandale ISD partners with Alamo Colleges District for work-study program

A total of 10 students from the Alamo Colleges District have been employed at Harlandale ISD as part of the Alamo Colleges District Community-Based Federal Work-Study Program this spring.

Through this unique opportunity, college students will apply knowledge and skills to real world-work situations and meet professionals in their career pathway.

“The ultimate goal of the program is to give students relevant work experience in their field of study and, in turn, a competitive edge when graduating,” Academic Program Specialist at Alamo Colleges Office of Experiential Learning Katherine Driscoll said. “Aside from gaining experience, we hope our students leave the program solidified in their degree choice and career path.”

The students are currently working as office assistants at College Café and multiple school campuses including STEM Early College High School, Gilbert Elementary, Bellaire Elementary, Schulze Elementary and McCollum High School.

“The work-study students are providing much needed relief to our campuses by answering phones, taking messages, being runners to and from campuses and more,” Title 1 HR Facilitator Sandra Urquizo-Guerra said. “We are grateful that Alamo Colleges District reached out to us to establish this partnership. Human Resources enjoys the opportunity to show college communities what our campuses have to offer.”

Palo Alto College student Dolores Martinez is studying business management and enjoys working at STEM ECHS.

“It’s exciting because I am learning something new every day,” Dolores said. “I am gaining new skills that I know will help me advance in my career goals.”

Felicia Canto, who is also studying at Palo Alto College, has loved her job at Gilbert Elementary so much that she is even thinking about changing her major.

“I love working here at Gilbert Elementary because everyone is so genuine and you see their passion to help out the kids. It’s been rewarding,” Felicia said. “When I got here, it was eye opening, and it is making me think about changing my major to education. Whether I stay in accounting or education, I hope to find a job here at Harlandale ISD.”

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