Student Success: Alisa Cloward

Alisa Cloward is a first-gen graduate who worked at EAW on behalf of a global technology company for more than a year.

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Alisa Cloward is a first-generation college graduate who worked at Education at Work on behalf of a global technology company for more than a year and was accepted into a prestigious program with the same global technology company. She earned her Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Utah this May along with a total of $7,875 in tuition assistance from Education at Work.

Alisa grew up in Okawa, Japan in a twelve sibling household. Out her all her siblings she was the first to graduate with a degree. Since Alisa was young, she always had a drive to succeed. At nine years old she started learning the guitar because she was captivated by watching her mom play. Alisa says that at nine years old the guitar was way too big for her but her mother showed her how to play a few cords and after that, she says, she took off on her own. Coming from a large family Alisa says music and a love of basketball bonded them. She describes growing up with eight brothers – all with boundless energy – going to the park every day to play basketball. She’d play even though she was smaller than her brothers because she could shoot “a mean three-pointer.”

Alisa first became aware of Education at Work when she stepped into her career counselor’s office on the hunt for a job that would work around her packed and hectic schedule. When she learned about the opportunity at EAW, and because she needed the money, she applied. She says that without Education at Work she wouldn’t have gotten as close to her goals so quickly; she says making connections, interacting with clients and higher-ups gave her opportunities to advance.

Speaking of Education at Work she says, “There are people here who foster your success and want to see you succeed.” She refers to clients and EAW employees alike who offered her feedback and guidance when it came to writing her resume and improving her interview skills.

“I've gained crucial technological skills like troubleshooting computers and using Office, while being allowed to pursue my passions in data analysis projects for our clients,” says Alisa.

Through Education at Work, Alisa learned that fun and work are not mutually exclusive. She says she’d have fun at other jobs because of coworkers but not because of the actual job itself. “At EAW, though, I've constantly seen management strive to create a positive, engaging environment for all their employees, and it's worked,” says Alisa.

We wish Alisa the best of luck and a very bright future! Congratulations on all you’ve achieved.

Student Success: Mystery Post

Mystery Post, a senior and an English major at Westminster college, first heard about EAW from posted flyers.

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Mystery Post, a senior on track to graduate this December and an English major at Westminster college, first heard about Education at Work from flyers posted on school bulletin boards and student ambassadors who talked to her about EAW. Afterwards, she decided to apply.

Mystery has been with EAW for four months and she says it’s the best experience she’s had with a part-time employment position over the course of her college career. She describes the EAW environment as open, welcoming and understanding. What she likes most about EAW is the one-on-one interaction that higher level employees and supervisors give each person. She goes on to explain why EAW is one of the best part-time work experiences she has had, “Having an employer that actually cares about me achieving my education and co-workers who share goals so similar to mine is beyond anything I ever expected. I wish I'd heard of EAW sooner.”

She’s received more than 2,000 dollars in tuition assistance. Mystery is a first generation college student and the eldest of eight children in a single parent household. She says her life outside of work and school heavily revolve around family; she recently helped one of her sisters learn how to cook and helped another sibling with college applications. She says her long term goals mostly involve earning her degree and eventually helping achieve financial stability for herself and her family.

Her goals, in the short term, are to finish her final semesters at Westminster. After, she plans to apply to an overseas program to teach English in Japan for a few years and then possibly go to grad school. She hopes to one day work in the publishing industry.

2018 Annual Report

EAW achieved another year of strong growth and realization of its mission to help college students graduate less debt.

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Education at Work achieved another great year of strong growth and realization of its mission to help college students graduate with more professional skills and less student debt. With the support of our client and university partners, we invest in the future of our students, they are the heart and soul of what we do. Last year we set ambitious goals aimed at improving our mission values to our student employees and expanding our offering so more students than ever could benefit and succeed within higher education. For the year in review click the link below to view our 2018 Annual Report.