Passing On Summer Jobs
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 68 percent of 16 to 19 year olds sought employment in 1978. This year, only 49 percent will seek summer employment.
Some local students are passing the time in the classroom instead.
At William Woods, the Freshmen Advantage Program integrates students into college life. One student supervisor was once a participant.
"When I did the program, I was scared to death," said Program Assistant Director Kristin Garnett. "My mom dropped me off crying, you know? It was just kind of one of those situations, and we have many of those, and then at the end of the three weeks, you keep in touch and you want to come back."
Students in the summer program can earn seven credit hours from a total of three classes, a good deal for students looking to double major or graduate early.
In the Freshmen Advantage Program, the learning extends beyond right here in the classroom.
Sarah Wrinkle participates in the program.
"It's just us kind of getting used to regular," she said. "What school's going to be like. We have our dorm rooms. We have like our roommates. We had our second day of classes today. At night, we'll have little activities, just so we can get to know each other."
When they're not in class or in study hall, the William Woods students take trips to Six Flags and Lake of the Ozarks.