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On-campus career services and support offered to students

By Juana Jones
On September 20, 2018

Its official: Classes have begun and day to day adult life is in full swing.

Students are settling into their routines, which for many includes paying bills and budgeting both time and money.

In high school, students were typically in class for eight straight hours, followed by clubs and extra-curriculars both on and off school grounds.

In college students have gaps between classes that are sometimes several hours  long and even days where one may only have one or two classes if any class at all. Students may find themselves with time on their hands that was not a norm just a short time ago.

Kirkwood Community College offers several different clubs and organizations to help fill that time but not everyone wants to participate or may have to consider living expenses instead of fun. 

That’s why having a job can be important to students. The staff  on campus know this and there are resources available to students through Career Services and Work Start.   

Kirkwood Career Services helps students in a variety of ways, including investigating different career options, career planning, resume’ building, interview skills and more. 

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the national unemployment rate is 3.9% while unemployment among college students is about 2.5%.

While that is a low number, college students face challenges when seeking employment, which includes a need for flexible schedules and limited work experience. 

The resources available from KCC are beneficial for students who may be unsure about what they want to do both during and after classes. 

 Kirkwood is also currently in the process of building a new Career Services Center in Iowa Hall. Once finished, the new facility will be open to students, alumni and community members. 

According to Career Services Supervisor Danielle Ebaugh,  the services they provide are vital and their goal is to, “create an environment where the students want to come and utilize our resources.”  

The Work Start program is frequently referred to as work study. Students indicate their interest in work study when filing for Financial Aid or by contacting the One Stop office. 

Students then must meet three eligibility requirements. 

The first requirement is they must show financial need, which is typically determined along with their financial aid status.

Second, a student needs to be enrolled in at least one credit course toward a degree. 

Finally, students must prove academic eligibility and maintain a certain G.P.A. during their participation in Work Start.  

 Career Services encourages students to contact their office to get more information, ask questions and/or schedule an appointment with a career counselor. Career Services is located in 108 Iowa Hall. Students can also call 319-398-5540.

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