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SBU Advocates to Transform Federal Work-Study Jobs to Increase Student Career Success

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On Tuesday, January 28, Stony Brook University’s Assistant Vice President for Career Development & Experiential Education, Dr. Marianna Savoca, met with New York Congressional staff on Capitol Hill to express the critical need to transform traditional off-campus Federal Work-Study jobs into high-impact, learning and development focused work experiences on campus.

Dr. Marianna Savoca, Assistant Vice President for Career Development & Experiential Education
Dr. Marianna Savoca, Assistant Vice President for Career Development & Experiential Education

“Transportation remains a major obstacle for many students who need to work while enrolled in college,” said Savoca. “For these students who do not have transportation off campus, an on campus career focused job can make all the difference. This is why it’s imperative to increase Federal Work-Study allocations to campuses with student demographics demonstrating high financial need. Access to paid work opportunities on campus keeps them better connected to the campus support system while helping them meet their financial obligations.”

Stony Brook University is leading conversations across the country around the need to transform traditional work-study jobs to experience-based learning, while driving linkages from these learning experiences into career opportunities. “We are taking a high-level view of career readiness and workforce development,” said Savoca. “Universities can structure work-study positions as high-impact work experiences, which can lead to better prepared students doing internships with local and regional organizations, which in turn, add even more value to the future New York State workforce.”

During her D.C. visit, Dr. Savoca met with the offices of Leader Chuck Schumer, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Grace Meng, Rep. Lee Zeldin, and Rep. Tom Suozzi. Stony Brook’s Office of Government Relations coordinated these meetings and continues to work closely with Congress on Stony Brook’s federal priorities.

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