8 17 2009 Schools that Work – REALLY WORK

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              Schools that Work –
                REALLY WORK
                               Session A114

         Robin Taffler, Executive Director, Work Colleges Consortium, Berea, KY
            Rick Brown, Dean of Faculty and Director of College Counseling,
                            Darrow School, New Lebanon, NY
          Ian Robertson, Dean of Work, Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC




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           What do we mean by WORK?
  We mean actual work: from serving as managers to administrators,
     from networking computers to supplying media services, from
   growing food to preparing food, from providing campus security to
  supervising off campus service projects, from teaching and tutoring
  to conducting research, from landscaping to farm work, from doing
       billing and accounts payable to office support, from building
  buildings to doing carpentry, from providing tech support to athletic
   training, and from plumbers to painters, students at work colleges
       perform countless jobs essential to institutional operations.




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           Education for What Purpose?
  “If today‟s college graduates are to become positive
     forces in this world, they need not only possess
   knowledge and intellectual capacities but also see
       themselves as members of a community, as
 individuals with a responsibility to contribute to their
    communities. They must be willing to act for the
  common good and capable of doing so effectively.”
From Educating Citizens, Preparing America’s Undergraduates for Lives of Moral and Civic
                  Responsibility By Colby, Erlich, Beaumont and Stephens




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                  The Questions?
• What do we want students to know?
• What skills do we want to teach students?
• How can we help students transition from
  theory to practice?
• How can we teach and help our students
  become productive compassionate citizens
  and members of society?




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                   Through…
                      Work
                    Learning
                     Service




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            What is a Work College?
• There are only 7 federally recognized Work Colleges in
  the U.S.
• All residential students at Work Colleges are required to
  work on campus.
• Campus jobs are an integral part of the learning
  component.
• Three Work Colleges are tuition free, while the others
  provide compensation or reduced tuition for work.




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           Work Colleges are Unique
• Work becomes an integral part of the educational
  experience
• Work gives significant context for the development of
  character, understanding, and critical thinking skills,
  which are important factors in building community
• Work Colleges challenge students to contribute in a real
  way to college operations and departments, both as team
  members and leaders




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           Work Colleges are Unique
• Work assignments demand responsibility and
  accountability, helping students develop workplace
  skills
• Students benefit from career development
  opportunities
• Financial earnings at work colleges help contribute to
  the cost of education. Three Work Colleges are tuition
  free, and one prides itself on graduating students “debt
  free”




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         Who are the Work Colleges?
•   Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, KY
•   Berea College in Berea, KY
•   Blackburn College in Carlinville, IL
•   College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO
•   Ecclesia College in Springdale, AR
•   Sterling College in Craftsbury Common, VT
•   Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC




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                            History

         How did Work Colleges Evolve?




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    What do the Colleges Have in Common?
                   Work, Learning, Service
• They believe that all work has dignity
• That work contributes to student learning
• Work allows students at some schools to have reduced
  or no tuition
• Work Colleges are committed to Service, helping
  communities, and working for the greater good of others




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                    Benefits to Students
•   Gain confidence in individual abilities
•   Acquire multiple skill sets
•   Become active problem solvers
•   Act responsibly / real expectations
•   Engage in service
•   Practical career preparation
•   Learn how to be part of a team
•   Earn money / reduced or free tuition
•   Leadership experience




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What Students Say about Work-Learning:
 “The work colleges provide a very unique
       and exciting alternative in higher
   education. At work colleges, academics
   and actual work experience are partners
  in creating an environment where people
        can maximize their educational
                 experience.”




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     What Students Say About Work:
  “It can‟t just be hard work, the work that one does
     has to be creative, and imaginative. And that‟s
   exactly the kind of work that goes on here at my
 college. The structure that is provided for us is open.
   It‟s flexible enough that we are enthusiastic and
 motivated to try new things, and to make changes in
  systems already in place. It‟s an environment that
 causes us to find our true potential as students, and
            as human beings in the long run.”




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What Students Say about Earning Money:
 “Even if I had the chance to go somewhere else, for
  free, without the whole work program, I think I would
       still choose to come to College of the Ozarks.
   Because of the fact, that in the end after I graduate I
      know that I am part of what has been done and
  accomplished here. Yes, I work fifteen hours a week
    through the semester to pay for school. I„m doing
                      this on my own.”




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  What Students Say About Leadership:
“I‟m proud of the fact that I picked Blackburn College. I
     have leadership opportunities that I would never
      have found at any other college. I am going to
   manage over four hundred students next year along
       with one other general manager. And that‟s
    impressive. That‟s something that an interviewer,
   whenever I try and get a job out in the real world, is
            really going to be impressed with.”




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             What Students Say About
              Career Development:
  “There really is that direct application of what
  we‟re doing on a day to day basis. I think that‟s
   what makes Sterling unique. It‟s what‟s great
    about the work program. We take what we‟re
  learning in our classes or through the job itself
    and apply it everyday. When I graduate, I‟m
  going to come away with a more solid grasp on
                   what I learned.”




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 What Students Say About Community:
“Work not pertaining to curriculum; for example, working
     in the greenhouse, or the farm and the wood lot, or
   working in administration, or the office, or the kitchen;
  it gives you a sense of community…to be part of where
         you‟re at…and to work together as a whole.
 The work colleges provide students with an increased
     opportunity to be involved in the life of the both the
       campus community and our local community.”




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                      RESOURCES
•   Alice Lloyd College     www.alc.edu
•   Berea College           www.berea.edu
•   Blackburn College       www.blackburn.edu
•   College of the Ozarks   www.cofo.edu
•   Ecclesia College        www.ecollege.edu
•   Sterling College        www.sterlingcollege.edu
•   Warren Wilson College   www.warren-wilson.edu




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            ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
• Work Colleges Consortium
     www.workcolleges.org
• National Student Employment Association
     www.nsea.info
• Association for Experiential Education
     www.aee.org




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                Hands-to-Work
              Darrow School‟s Tradition
                of Work and Service
                  Established 1932




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          Hands-to-Work
“Hands to Work, Hearts to God” This Shaker
motto has been kept alive at Darrow School
for more than 70 years. From the early days
    of the school, when the students lived
   amongst the remaining Shakers, through
  today, Hands-to-Work has signified taking
time to appreciate and respect the dignity of
       labor and true cooperative effort.




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          Hands-to-Work
During Hands-to-Work, the entire Darrow
community stands joined together to take
   care of our mountainside campus.
 Darrow‟s Hands-to-Work program is a
  distinguishing feature of the school‟s
curriculum and is an example of learning
        outside of the classroom.




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      A New Student‟s Perspective:
 “I have only been in Hands-to-Work for
  two Wednesdays. However, in the two
days, I feel it has made be feel like part of
   the community by working with my
 peers…It has made me realize how vital
 everyone‟s role in the school is. This is
     why we are a good community.”




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  A Trail‟s Crew Member‟s Reflection:
  “We all agree that clearing the Shaker Cemetery was
        our proudest moment. We all bonded and
 connected…We also did a lot of tough work. We liked
 pushing the tractor up the hill. We enjoyed helping out
   the bridge crew. We look forward to Wednesdays! It
 ties us all together in the past, present and future. We
     have unique experiences that other students at
      different boarding schools don‟t get to have.”




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          A Student Perspective:
“Sometimes I‟m lazy and don‟t want to go at all - just
  sleep in - but when I do get up and go, Hands-to-
   Work always surprises me. I get to know people
 better, people that I don‟t always talk to. I also learn
   about teamwork and cooperation every week. It
    sounds silly, but there is something pure and
 selfless about working, which makes me feel better
            about myself and the school.”




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            A Student Perspective:
“I think the Shakers were on to something
 with Hands to Work and Hearts to God. It
   is an almost spiritual experience to get
   elbow-deep in the muck. So overall, I‟m
   glad Hands-to-Work is here, because it
            keeps me grounded.”




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Alumna Perspective - Class of 1975:
 “When I look back on Hands-to-Work, I appreciate it
      more than ever. There are not any particular
  experiences that stand out, just the overall feeling
    that we were taking care of our school and that
   created a sense of place and a sense of worth. It
    brought together that feeling that we might call
  “community,” something that I have searched for
                      ever since.”




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Alumnus Perspective - Class of 1972:
 “I was given the responsibility to rebuild the gates to
     the tennis courts after doing some maintenance
   work on the old clay courts. The Business Manager
   made a few suggestions as to how the gates could
  be fixed. He said write up what you need and make a
   proposal. I did, he got the parts, and I did the job. It
    was very satisfying to fully independently design
                 and complete a project.”




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Alumnus Perspective - Class of 1962:
   “Hands-to-Work is an invaluable
  experience for students and faculty
    as it teaches that one individual
  can do something. One can make a
               difference.”




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Alumnus Perspective - Class of 1940:
 “No one special project stands out, but the
  school was brilliant in insisting that Hands-
 to-Work take place during the regular school
 day, as a kind of required class, instead of an
   optional event. This gave it an importance
  that impressed us as to the value of manual
  labor, consistent with the Shaker heritage.”




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Alumna Perspective - Class of 1979:
“During Hands-to-Work, I used to think about the
 Shakers who lived at Darrow before us and what
   their work was like, of the stress or pleasure
    they might have experienced while doing a
  particular job. Working where they had worked
   was an honor of sorts. I felt respect for those
  people and for the beautiful buildings they had
              so thoughtfully created.”




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Alumna Perspective - Class of 1974:
        “At Darrow, I felt as though I were
  contributing/helping/improving the school. I‟m
 not sure any one project brought meaning to my
     life, but rather the whole Hands-to-Work
  experience developed in me a certain sense of
    ownership; that I was responsible for what
                 is/was around me.”




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Alumnus Perspective - Class of 1960:
 “During periods of uncertainty or stress, I have
 often reflected on the serenity of Hands-to-Work.
       It gave me confidence to work through
     challenging times, taught me humility, and
 provided me an appreciation of work and service
  to others…I could not have asked for a more life
     shaping experience than Hands-to-Work.”




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      The Work Program
     Warren Wilson College




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 “We work to become, not to
         acquire.”
          ~ Elbert Hubbard




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“I can‟t imagine a college education
      without the aspect of work.
 It is helping to prepare me for the
   “real world” better than anything
                  else.”
   ~ Jordan Chalwick, Sophomore




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“I don‟t especially like my job, but I
   realize that everyone doesn‟t get
  what they want their first year. I‟m
 willing to work through it and get a
    more desirable job next year.”
~Sunshine Brosi, First Year Student
             (Dining Crew)




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“The Work Program has taught me many
  valuable lessons…I‟ve learned how to
   deal with problems in the workplace
     through mediation, the value of
 communication, and how to work under
 a supervisor I don‟t always agree with.”
          ~ Jen Rollen, Junior




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“I love the fact that I look around
  this campus and I can point out
specific work that I‟ve done. I like
 being able to tell people. You see
  those flowers? I planted them.”
     ~ Anne Erler, Sophomore




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“If you don‟t want to work you have
  to work to earn enough money so
     that you won‟t have to work.”
            ~ Ogden Nash




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  “Most people like hard work.
 Particularly when they are paying
               for it.”
       ~ Franklin P. Jones




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“We not only learned to work with
    others but also about other
cultures of the world as we worked
 alongside international students.”
         ~ Senior Letter




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“Work is the refuge of people
who have nothing better to do.”
       ~Oscar Wilde




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“If you feel that the work you do
serves some powerful, interesting,
   and inspiring purpose, then it
    becomes quite easy to do.”
       ~ Frithjof Bergmann




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  ACT Appalachian Region Alumni Outcomes Survey
                Alumni Attitudes 2007
“. . .work colleges are successful at providing their students with a
    range of undergraduate educational outcomes. . .[They are]
    uniquely effective at developing educational outcomes related to:
      • learning and intellectual skills,
      • entrepreneurial and leadership skills,
      • orientations toward citizenship and the global environment,
      • overall satisfaction with college.
    G. C. Wolniak & E. T. Pascarella. Initial Evidence on the long-term impacts of work colleges. Research in
        Higher Education, Vol. 48 (1), 2007, 38-71




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