"Working Towards a Greater WE"
The vision of the Paul Quinn College Work Program is to transform ability into action and potential into achievement by encouraging all students to embrace the ideals of disciplined work, servant leadership, and initiative in preparation for lives of financial freedom, community engagement, and absolute integrity.
The Paul Quinn College Work Program is one component of an innovative educational model committed to the education of the “whole student.” Here at Paul Quinn College, our goal is to create a continuous learning environment in which our students’ education begins in the classroom, but reaches beyond those four walls to every aspect of campus life and culture. Our students are encouraged to actively participate in their learning experiences, to serve each other and their community, and to make no small plans for their futures. The PQC Work Program enables students to excel in all of these areas while working towards reducing their educational debt.
Participation in the Work Program
Participation in the PQC Work Program is mandatory for all full-time students. During the academic year, students are required to work a minimum of 8 hours per week, 15 weeks per semester, for a total of 120 hours per semester. As the student earns his/her hours throughout the semester, a tuition credit in the amount of $1200 per semester ($2400 per academic year) is gradually applied to the student’s account to help offset the cost of education. Once a student completes the requisite 120 hours per semester, he/she may choose to work up to an additional 30 or 45 hours per semester (entry level and upper level jobs respectively) at $10 per hour in order to earn additional funds to be used for books and other education related expenses the following semester.
Participation in the Work Program looks different for each student depending on the student’s interest and our campus needs. One student may assist administratively in the Registrar’s Office, while another develops networking skills at our Alumni Relations & Development work station, and yet another, reaches beyond the gates of PQC through involvement with the Community Engagement work station. With more than 10 work stations to choose from, our goal is to lead by example by returning our students to their families and communities, better and more well -rounded than we found them.
Work Program Transcripts and Supervisors
Each student’s progress is tracked in an official Work Program transcript, which students are encouraged to provide to future employers as evidence of their acquired skills and past evaluations. This component of the Work Program provides PQC students with a professional advantage in a competitive work environment and communicates to potential employers that our students have already been invested in, mentored, trained, and developed.
To that end, each work station is staffed with a supervisor who is committed to ensuring that students perform their jobs well. Even more importantly however, supervisors are primarily charged with developing and mentoring students through uplifting instruction and modeling positive behaviors and attitudes. In some instances, upper level students may also act as student supervisors, especially those involved in the Shadow College, a work station in which students are in charge of some administrative aspects of the work program and are directly involved in overseeing the work program.
Work College Consortium
Paul Quinn College hopes to join the ranks of federally funded work colleges in the coming years. When it does, PCQ will be the eighth federally funded work college in the United States, the first minority serving institution in the work college consortium, and the only work college in Texas.