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Training / Mentoring

Click on the following topics below for supervisor resources on training and mentoring student employees.

All student employees must take both the Sexual Harassment Training and Americans with Disability Act Awareness Training modules within 30 days of hire. Students should print off the certificates for both tests, print their name on the certificates, sign them, and fax them to Human Resources at 303-556-5151. The certificates are placed in their employment files. Agencies should make time for students to take these tests. Below is the link to the require and additional trainings that are available for student employees.

 

Required Trainings

  •  Sexual Harassment Training
  • Americans with Disabilities Act Awareness Training

 

Information Technology Trainings

  • Banner Basics
  • Site Manager

As a supervisor who reflects CADRE values, you also have the opportunity to be a mentor. When training a student employee you are encouraging the student to achieve a professional work experience that will benefit them when they graduate. As a mentor you should assist the student employees with understanding the value of each assignment and how their work contributes to the goals and productivity of the department. If a student employees takes ownership of what they are doing, the quality of work and dedication to your department will be invaluable. Don't underestimate the abilities of our student employees, they are a valuable part of the MSU Denver team!

Quick Tips:

 

  1. Welcome the student by ensuring that their work station is ready. Give a tour of the department with introductions. Provide a brief overview of the organizational structure.

  2. Training should begin the first day of work. Do not assume the student knows what needs to be done. If you have a manual explaining the duties, review with them.

  3. Advise student of expectations (performance, dress code, breaks, timeliness, etc.)

  4. Review timesheet due dates, how student should monitor their total hours worked and procedures for timesheets.

  5. Discuss importance of confidentiality when working with departmental information.

  6. Provide a general rundown of their role and responsibilities, focus on the positive and emphasize why their position is important to the department.

  7. Encourage questions and ask for feedback to ensure instructions are understood.

 

Here is a checklist of training best practices.

Example Checklist for Supervisors

  • Supervisors should express their appreciation for the hard work of their student employees.

  • Make student employees feel important and a valuable part of the team.

  • Outline procedures and expectations clearly.

  • Set a positive example of professional, ethical, and polite behavior.

  • Give student employees the tools they need to succeed.

  • Treat the student employees as you would want to be treated.

  • Be firm, yet flexible.

  • Be considerate, supportive and sensitive to the student's personal and academic needs.

  • Have regular staff meetings with the student employees to let them know what is going on in the department that may affect them.

  • Give special recognition to graduating students.

  • Address problems as they arise do not let them fester and grow.

  • Offer reduced hours during finals, midterms and papers.

  • Please remember student employees are students first. If a conflict arises between their job and their academics, academics come first and foremost.

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