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Southeast expands student employment and PPE with CARES Act funds

Monday, August 17, 2020

Southeast students in search of jobs on campus this fall will have more opportunities with Facilities Management.

The new positions for student employees will be paid with funds from the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Director of Facilities Management Angela Meyer said roughly 71 new student employees will help facilities management keep the campus disinfected as part of Southeast's safety measures against the transfer of COVID-19.

“We're asking them to help us with disinfecting the high-touch areas, desks, table tops, lounge areas, door handles and the public areas that we want to ensure that we are disinfecting,” Meyer said.

Southeast received more than $6.8 million dollars from the CARES Act according to the U.S. Department of Education. Half of those funds were given out to students as financial aid.

Vice President of Finance Brad Sheriff said the remaining $3.4 million is being used to ready Southeast for the coming semester.

Student employees with Facilities Management Tom Isaacs and Trevor Fish deliver materials to Magill Hall of Science Monday Aug. 17. New positions for student employees will be paid with funds from the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Photo by Matt Wagner

“There has been a great deal of spending on PPE – or personal protective equipment – everything from clear plastic guards that now sit between employees and their customers for people who have a really customer-facing position, to masks and hand sanitizer,” Sheriff said.

Meyer said being prepared with PPE goes beyond access to masks – this term includes all materials needed to sanitize work areas and protect custodial staff while they are cleaning.

Sheriff said these funds have also been applied to strengthening the IT infrastructure to ensure Southeast is prepared for more online courses and the Hyflex courses offered this fall.

More information on Southeast’s campus safety regulations can be found in the Protect the Nest plan.

For information on new student employment opportunities, please visit redhawkjobs.com or contact Facilities Management.

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