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WKU Glasgow, Akebono partner on student employment program

Informational session scheduled for Aug. 12

WKU Glasgow will host an informational session Wednesday (Aug. 12) to explain a developing partnership between the university and local employer, Akebono Brake Corporation.

Billed as the Akebono College Weekend Program, human resource officials and WKU administrators will explain this new part-time employment opportunity for WKU students at the session that will begin at 2 p.m. at the WKU Glasgow campus, 500 Hilltopper Way.

“We have a lot of students attending WKU Glasgow who must find part-time employment while attending college,” said Regional Chancellor Dr. Sally Ray. “So, we’ve been searching for an opportunity to partner with a local company to meet this need, and we are very pleased that Akebono has stepped up to join us. In addition, we are excited to share that this new partnership will not only mean part-time employment for our students but tuition reimbursement, as well.”

According to Michael Blackburn, HR Manager for Akebono Brake Corporation’s manufacturing plant in Glasgow, this program will employ college students on a Saturday-Sunday shift with a starting wage of $13.25 per hour. In addition, for students who successfully complete the semester, the company will reimburse those students the cost of 50 percent of tuition.

“Akebono believes in the strength and quality of the students attending WKU, and we want to support and invest in their futures in this way,” Blackburn said. “We have a strong workforce already, but demand for our products continues to grow, so these student workers will help support our existing workforce in the plant.”

Ray and Blackburn invite all WKU students who are seeking part-time employment or would like to know more about the employment and tuition reimbursement program to attend the informational session. WKU Glasgow is located at 500 Hilltopper Way, just off the 31-E Bypass and Trojan Trail.

Contact: John Roberts,  (270) 659-6984 or  john.roberts@wku.edu

 

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