School's in for student assistants

22 February 2010

School's student assistants Keen supporters: (From left, back) Olugbemileke Oluwole, Celeste Jansen, Stanley Ndinga-Kanga, Nandi Dlelapantsi, Dimasi Kawani, VC Dr Max Price, Edmund Dlamini, Stephanie van Heerden,Maryam Nordien, Tsitsi Magaya, Takudzwa Makotore, and EMS director Medee Rall. (From left, front) Arlene Bowers (senior administrative officer), Meagan Peters, Jeanne Coomer (senior secretary), and Stacey Bowers.

Extra Mural Studies' evergreen Summer School turned 60 this year and the anniversary programme drew over 2 600 people to the campus in January.

'Oldies' minged with the newbies, students who'd turned up for various faculty orientation programmes.

Lending a hand at this year's milestone Summer School were 14 student assistants who joined the Extra Mural Studies (EMS) team from mid-November 2010, pitching in until the final days.

In addition to the in-house training they received from senior administrative office Arlene Bowers, Terrill Nicolay and others in EMS (customer care, door and telephone training), they also underwent Peoplesoft training, primarily to learn the registration system.

"Through training and employment, these students not only learnt valuable skills, which included punctuality and team work while at university, but are also able to put this experience on their CVs," said EMS director Medee Rall.

"We have acted as referees for students many times in the past, and believe that the training they receive as well as the practical experience does play an important role when they begin looking for work."

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