Wolfington Center presents students with job opportunities

By Jake Verterano
January 31, 2008

Megan Pellegrino

The Wolfington Center is now giving students an opportunity to get some great positions on their resume and gain some money in the process. The center is publicizing jobs available to students who qualify for work grant or work study.

Students who participate in the program will earn $10 an hour for their work. That’s more than students make who work on campus. The students are paid through financial aid.

“The students, who would be considered ‘community workers’ would have the same expectations of them as an employee would have,” Lauren Mindermann, who is helping direct the program, said.

Students involved in the program would be working at partner agencies in Norristown. There are many job opportunities for students.

Laurel House, a domestic abuse shelter, is offering positions in the office and helping with administrative tasks and special events. Norristown High School allows students to work with the Truancy Abatement program.

There are two different homeless shelters offering employment this semester. Norristown Hospitality Center is the first, where students would be able to work in the food pantry as well as in the shelter itself. The Coordinated Homeless Outreach Center is also offering jobs where students can survey clients to help assess how the shelter is performing.

The Police Athletic League has positions available for students interested in helping in their office and with after school programs. The Life Childcare Center provides students the opportunity to tutor children.

Students involved in Catholic Social Services will provide childcare for parenting groups. The Norristown Public Library offers a variety of options including help in the computer lab, programming assistance, database research and library aides.

The Tabernacle International Deliverance Church is in search of students who are able to teach computer classes. Students who are interested in coaching would be able to assistant coach at the Norristown School District.

“The best benefits of this job are the students’ ability to make connections with their community,” Mindermann said. “They meet leaders who can serve as references for their job search after graduation.”

Students may work between two to 15 hours a week. Their amount of hours worked depends on the agency they decide to work for. The hours can be flexible depending upon the commitment the student has to the job.

Students can find out more about the jobs available by contacting Mindermann or visiting the Wolfington Center.

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