With an infectious smile and bundles of energy, Reyhan James is nailing the part: people person, student employee, aspiring actor. A theatre arts major in his second semester at Montgomery College, James is one of 49 exceptional student employees of the College honored recently at the 15th Annual Student Employees of the Year ceremony.
“It’s an amazing experience. Since day one, it has been exciting to be here,” James says. “I am planning to work here this summer and next year. I really love being on the Montgomery College campus. I love it here.”
James says he tries to be a pillar for the faculty and staff in the Performing Arts Department. Four days a week, he makes flyers and programs, and assists the professors and administrators with various tasks, as they come.
The awards program is held as part of Student Employment Month each April. Department and unit supervisors select outstanding students for recognition through a nomination process organized by the student employment team in the Office of Student Financial Aid.
“We send out the nomination forms to all of the supervisors throughout all three campuses and Central Services, as well as all locations,” said Justin “Matt” Hicks, financial aid counselor on the Rockville Campus and coordinator of the Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program.
It’s an amazing experience. Since day one, it has been exciting to be here
“Supervisors nominate students who they feel have not only met expectations but have gone above and beyond and really helped out, and been wonderful assets to the College,” he said.
The Financial Aid Office at Montgomery College coordinates Federal Work-Study (FWS), which provides employment for students. Jobs may be located on or off campus and offer students the opportunity to work in a part-time temporary capacity.
Federal Work-Study and Student Assistant positions, as well as MC internships, co-op, and additional part-time jobs with private and non-profit employers, can be found online at eJobs, an electronic job listing service provided by the College’s Student Employment Services.
“This [event] is our thank you and to also let them know that it hasn’t gone unnoticed and that we really appreciate all that they have done for the College,” said Hicks, who started at MC as a student employee. “They are delighted to feel appreciated and to receive those accolades. To let them know that we are noticing and this hard work pays off.”
He also says it’s fairly common for MC to retain or rehire student employees once they’ve completed their educational pathways.
“In financial aid alone, I think we have gotten close to eight to ten students hired in who started as work study and became full-time staff members.”
James says the most rewarding aspect of working as a student at the College is meeting and talking to new people every day.
“Getting to converse with so many intelligent people, one on one, it’s by far my favorite part of all,” said James.