Labs could get more hours with more student workers.
This semester, 40 students at the Alamo Colleges will have a chance to work with nonprofits through off-campus work-study positions.
This seems like a well-intentioned partnership between the colleges and local nonprofits; however, it doesn’t benefit students as much as it should.
First, the Alamo Colleges pays 100 percent of work-study wages from federal funding, while nonprofits don’t have to pay anything because the Alamo Colleges are designated Hispanic-serving institutions.
The only beneficiaries of this partnership are the nonprofits and the 40 students.
But how does it serve the rest of students who attend the Alamo Colleges?
Sure, students can gain experience working for a company, but students can also gain experience from the college in one of its various labs.
If the Alamo Colleges are going to pay $9 an hour for 40 students working a maximum of 15 hours a week for 16 weeks, more students should benefit.
It is great that the colleges are looking out for students, but the colleges should also look out for themselves before worrying about outside organizations.
Keeping work-study positions on campus benefits all students.
For example, if more students are hired to work in the SLAC lab, then the lab can increase its hours and perhaps even be open on Saturday.
Nonprofits should offer their own internships — paid or unpaid.
Offering work-study opportunities for 40 students out of the 48,000 at all five Alamo Colleges seems like a small effort.
Offering more work-study positions on campus will have a larger benefit for students.
Help the many, not the few.