Dining Services and Maintenance Creating Incentives to Work On-Campus

Effective with June 2017 work hours, Dining Services and Operations and Maintenance college student employees will receive pay rate increases. The pay rate for student assistants will be $8.25/hour (current base pay of $7.50), and the pay rate for student managers will be $9.00/hour (current base pay of $8.30).

“The main purpose is to fill and retain student workers within the two departments,” Keith Strand, Maintenance Director, said.

There aren’t enough students for the jobs available on campus, so Dining Services and Maintenance needed an incentive for students to fill the positions.

“If you could work in either the dish room or the library, where would you work? So, in order to get more of the students, since the enrollment isn’t so high, we raise the pay,” Margaret Empie, Assistant Vice President for Dining and Retail Services, said.

According to Empie, communicating this with the first-year students is one of the biggest challenges for both Dining Services and Maintenance, but it can be very rewarding.

“We know that if we can get them as first-years, we are more likely to keep them because they start seeing the benefit. But, the students can’t always see what that means, because everything can be so scary at first,” Empie said.

Empie stressed the importance of having an on-campus job as a first-year student.

“We know that if students start work their first year, they tend to stay in school because they’re learning time management. It helps you feel like you have a place you can go outside of your classes,” Empie said.

There have been increases in the past, which have had positive results. Looking ahead, Strand and Empie anticipate this increase to be successful in increasing the number of student employees.

“We are optimistic that this will increase the number of student works within the two departments and also encourage retention,” Strand said.

Strand also mentioned that, if there are more student employees, Maintenance will be able to complete tasks that may have been left undone or not fully completed.

Empie mentioned how working on-campus benefits students in the long-run.

“The thing that Dining and Maintenance both need are people who are going to stay at their jobs awhile, so that they get an understanding of what work means and the complexity of it, which can cause you to move ahead faster,” Empie said.

Students who are interested in these on-campus positions can direct their questions to Margaret Empie at for Dining, and Keith Strand at for Maintenance.

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