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On the Job: SSU program hires teens

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 | Posted by


High school students can become teaching assistants at Sonoma State University during this summer’s Excel for Youth program, earning “community service” hours required for graduation.

Since 2003, SSU has invited motivated and accomplished high school students to work on campus as a way to build up their college resumes and gain work experience. “It serves as a great model to the younger learners,” said Alison Marks, the program’s director.

Anyone entering grades 10 through 12 is eligible to apply for the 25 to 30 spots. More details and a link to the application are available at www.sonoma.edu/exed/excel.

Students will be asked to provide information about their experience and participation in clubs, activities, sports and other interests. In addition to a letter of recommendation from a school counselor or teacher, applicants must write a letter about why they would like to be an assistant. The Excel program offers about 50 morning and afternoon classes during three sessions from the end of June through July.

“Usually, we get quite a great response,” Marks said. The application process also provides teens with practice filling out job and college applications. Applications are due in May, but the positions fill quickly.

Previous Excel students are encouraged to help out in the classes that focus on science, technology and the arts. Teens are placed according to their interests and availability.

Some classes need more help than others, Marks said, so “we place them where we need them.” A computer class may not need as many extra hands as an art class, for example.

For more information, call the SSU School of Extended Education at 664-2394.

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