Launched in the fall of 2016, Silver Lake College’s Work College model, SLC Works, is an enhanced learning opportunity that is designed to integrate real-world work experience and academics. SLC Works students work in virtually every office on campus, directly contributing to and impacting Silver Lake College and the individuals who work and learn here.
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The Work College model helps students develop skills like: teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving, professional communication, leadership and much more.
Matthew Goff, Dean of SLC Works, said of the program:
“Employers have shared two major challenges about recent college graduates who are in the job market – they need more soft-skill development and prior professional work experience to fit employment qualifications. SLC Works students will be in professional roles from the very beginning of their time at Silver Lake College, not only gaining valuable life lessons, but applying what they are learning in the classroom to everyday work experiences. To that end, the Work College model allows our students to graduate from college with less debt and several experiences that lead to landing their first job.”
The SLC Works program is embedded in the mission of the college as we strive to create life-long learners with a mutual respect and concern for people.
“Working and going to school at the same time is valuable because it ties everything together and makes so much more sense. Bookwork and fieldwork are completely different, and getting to have that real-world experience will be so helpful in my future career.”
— Megan Sheahan ‘15
“This is what makes Silver Lake unique: the people, the energy that goes around, and how everyone is so positive with each other. They challenge you, because they believe in you.”
— Fernanda Torres ‘19