In August we celebrated seven years of Education at Work so we thought we’d take a look back at the history of Education at Work and see what the first student employee to take a customer service call at EAW was up to today.
DeAnte Judkins was that first student employee. He worked at EAW for about two years and graduated from the University of Cincinnati with his undergraduate degree in chemistry.
Now DeAnte is in grad school at the University of Cincinnati for chemistry and is studying to be a photo chemist. After DeAnte earns his graduate degree he hopes to start his own industrial company generating chemical products for industrial application.
DeAnte says he had previous call center experience which helped him feel more comfortable when taking the first customer service call at EAW but says that he was still nervous because the amount of people staring at him.
Tuition assistance and the ability to work around his class schedule impacted DeAnte the most. “EAW helped me to pay for school. Before EAW I would have to leave a job and find a new job that would fluctuate around my school schedule because my schedule changed every semester. It was agitation.”
While DeAnte was at EAW he says didn’t have to worry about work interfering with his class schedule.
When asked what he would tell undergrads about Education at Work DeAnte says, “This is a great opportunity for students who have never had any previous work experience because it gives them experience in a professional work environment and helps them learn how to work with others.”