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UW-Eau Claire’s Use of Federal Work Study Dollars
For Community Services Goes Up

 MAILED:  Jan. 13, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire devoted nearly 23 percent of its federal work-study program for community service placements in 2002-03, up from a little over 8.7 percent in 2001-02.

The federal work study program, which gives students with financial need an opportunity for part-time, temporary employment, encourages students to gain career-related experience and promotes community-service employment opportunities, said Dale Johnson, student employment coordinator. UW-Eau Claire’s FWS community service dollars for 2001-02 were at $98,842. In 2002-03, they were at $214,649, an increase of $115,806.

“Some of this increase was a result of more spending by other community-service agencies, but the majority was from the university’s participation in Jumpstart,” Johnson said.

Jumpstart is an AmeriCorps program that pairs federal work-study students with low-income preschoolers to improve their literacy and social skills. UW-Eau Claire formed a partnership with Jumpstart in 2002.

About 40 UW-Eau Claire students are involved in the program, working with preschoolers at Children’s House Montessori, Truax Head Start, Altoona Head Start and the Children’s Center at UW-Eau Claire, said Donna Lehmkuhl, Jumpstart coordinator.

“The program gives students a job they like and experience in working with children,” Lehmkuhl said. “It also gives them a community-service perspective, which we hope will stay with them throughout their life.”

Every university that receives federal work study must allocate at least 7 percent of its funding to support community-service jobs.

“At last year’s level, UW-Eau Claire committed three times the required minimum to community service placements,” said Donald Mowry, director of the Center for Service-Learning. “This means that an increasing number of our students are able to earn wages to offset their educational expenses while providing meaningful service to meet community needs. Our students are learning what it means to be civically engaged and many are also gaining valuable career experiences.”

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Updated: January 13, 2004