WAXAHACHIE — Each year, colleges and universities across the country recognize the importance of student work experience in the community for which they attend classes during National Student Employment Week.

According to the National Student Employment Association, employment offers students career-enhancing opportunities, the ability to develop skills relevant in any career and better preparation for the job market upon graduation.

Waxahachie is no stranger to student employees — just ask one of the many enrolled at Southwestern Assemblies of God University. In fact, many Waxahachie businesses employ local students, which makes National Student Employment Week (NSEW) is an exceptional opportunity for employers to recognize their student-employees.

"SAGU is grateful for the partnership that they have with many Waxahachie and Ellis County companies who employ students during their college career," states an SAGU press release. "It’s a win-win for both parties – Great employees for the businesses along with finances to pay for college and experience gained for the students to help enhance their career paths."

Phil Browne, owner and operator of Chick-fil-A in Waxahachie, said he cherishes the relationship between his business and SAGU.

“Our 13 plus year relationship with SAGU has been a mutually beneficial relationship right from the start. The students have had a positive work environment that is consistent with their spiritual values," Browne said. "We are blessed with a never ending pool of potential team members who have consistently added value to our organization. The work experience they gain is invaluable and the relationships formed are wholesome and supportive. We have even seen more than one marriage formed from those relationships. God has been good to us, there is no doubt.”

On-the-job training can provide numerous opportunities for students to learn firsthand skills that will be essential in their future full-time careers. In addition, many students begin with an organization or company as a student and transition into a full-time employee after graduation.

SAGU staff recognized its student employees during NSEW with meals, dinner, office parties, gift cards and gifts to show its appreciation for their roles in each of the various offices. Also, a Career Services Scholarship is given at the annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon to a student who works a job while continuing their studies.

If interested in contributing to the scholarship fund, contact careerservices@sagu.edu or online at http://www.sagu.edu/advancement/career-services-scholarship.