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CNM Honors Student Employees

Running errands, delivering packages, sorting mail and helping with events are just a few of the tasks that CNM student employees take on daily to support the operations of the college.

Aug 31, 2016

CNM Honors Student Employees
Running errands, delivering packages, sorting mail and helping with events are just a few of the tasks that CNM student employees take on daily to support the operations of the college.

Juggling school and work isn't easy. That's why CNM honored over 250 student employees for their hard work and contributions to the college at the Student Employee Appreciation luncheon on April 15.

Dr. Sydney Gunthorpe, dean of the School of Business & Information Technology, spoke to students about their importance to the institution and how being employed at CNM can help them in the future.

"Data show that if you work on campus, you have a better chance of succeeding, graduating and continuing on," Gunthorpe said. "You are all in a select group here and you are on your way to graduation."

The students were encouraged to continue their education and continue being a student employee, which helps keep them on track. Gunthorpe pointed out that, on average, a high school graduate earns about $400,000 in a lifetime, whereas an associate's degree can increase your average lifetime earning to over $1.5 million.

Gunthorpe shared his experience of being a student employee in the School of Adult and General Education when he returned to school in 1991. As a student, he was encouraged to seek student employment and believed it helped him to continue on to get his bachelor's and doctoral degrees.

"It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed it very much," he said. "It was an important part of my start here at CNM. I am proud to be part of your group."

Gunthorpe reminded students that even though increasing income is an important goal of going to school, there's more to it than that.

"I hope that what's most important to all of you is that you find a career that you enjoy and that you want to do," he said.

The luncheon was planned by a committee of student employee supervisors from all around the college. Sara Elliott of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services said that typically CNM employs between 325-350 students college-wide.

"Our student employees do a lot for our departments," Elliott said. "It's helpful to recognize them as they work toward their educational goals."

She said that all student employees at CNM are considered workstudy employees and that their funding comes

from federal funds, state funds or CNM funds.

"It's hard enough being a student and doing well, but to have a job on top of it can be additionally difficult," she said. "Ultimately, the role they play at CNM is very important and is part of building our community."