FWPD accepting applications for part-time cadet

Ever dreamed of joining Fort Worth’s Finest? The Fort Worth Police Department is recruiting cadets who are at least a high school senior and are interested in learning more about a career in law enforcement.

These are paid, part-time, non-civil service positions designed to provide people interested in a future career as a law enforcement officer the opportunity to work in the profession. Cadets perform a variety of public safety-related duties in support of the Police Department. Flexible working hours are available; salary is $13 per hour.

Apply online.

Applicants must take a physical assessment, pass a background check and must be available to work 20 hours per week.

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Oscar Rodriguez Named TRAPS Part-Time Employee of the Year

After eight years of exceptional work in Southlake Recreation, Oscar was named Part-Time Employee of the Year by the Texas Recreation and Park Society North Region.

The TRAPS Part-Time Employee of the Year Award honors individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to their department, community and profession. Employees are nominated by their peers, so it’s no surprise that Oscar Rodriguez received such special recognition: His leadership, professionalism and genuine passion for recreation endeared him to colleagues and the community throughout his time with the City of Southlake. Although Oscar ended his tenure with the City earlier this year, his presence is still felt by everyone who was lucky enough to work with him.

A full-time special education teacher during the school year, Oscar consistently devoted his time and expertise to Therapeutic Recreation (TR), a City initiative dedicated to providing recreation and leisure activities for participants with mental and physical disabilities. The award-winning program has grown immensely over the past few years, and Oscar’s whole-hearted commitment was essential to its success.

As the 2018 summer season came to a close, TR hosted an event to celebrate Oscar’s significant contributions to the growing program. Nearly 100 parents and participants attended the event to thank him for his service. In keeping with his generous nature, Oscar couldn’t let the evening be all about him—instead, it became “Night at the Oscars”, an opportunity for TR participants to dress up and enjoy a glamorous evening with friends and loved ones.

Oscar’s natural ability to make those around him feel loved and included cemented him as the heart and soul of TR. The Recreation team could think of many more ways to express Oscar’s positive impact, but we think these kind words from parents and participants truly capture what made him special:

  • “You have been the biggest blessing to our family. Your compassion, dedication and passion for our kiddos have always been remarkable.”
  • “Thank you so much for your awesome and inviting smile that welcomed us into the room every evening that Teresa came for Club Metro. Your personality and gentle spirit have always been a highlight of the evening.”
  • “Thank you so much for the many years of caring and loving on Andreas. You have been such a positive influence. I personally have never ever seen you without a smile on your face.”
  • “Thank you, Oscar, for your kindness, patience and loving attention to the kids each and every week.”

In the Recreation Department, we teach our teams to leave each facility better than they found it. Oscar embodied that philosophy in every aspect of his work, inspiring team members and program participants alike with his kindness, enthusiasm and generosity. After eight years of outstanding service, he leaves us better than he found us, too.

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Tarrant County College Ranks 8th in Texas for Best Part-Time Employment Compensation

FORT WORTH, Texas (Dec. 14, 2016) – Tarrant County College has been named one of the state’s top colleges or universities offering part-time employment (PTE) opportunities to its students, according to a two-party study featured at The Student Loan Report. The study entitled “University Part-Time Jobs: A State and National Analysis,” was based on data licensed from Peterson’s Financial Aid for the 2015-2016 academic year.
 
“College students reap multiple benefits when they take advantage of on-campus employment, including college work-study. In addition to reducing reliance on student loans, students reduce the time, expense and frustration spent in transit between campus and an off-campus job,” said Peter Jordan, Ed.D., president of Tarrant County College South Campus in Fort Worth.
 
All numerical information in the study was self-reported by each institution, which included schools from 46 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, DC. Only 490 higher education institutions from a total of 4,236 institutions in the United States fit these criteria. Additionally, only colleges reporting up-to-date data and provided part-time job opportunities to its students were analyzed for this study.
 
Among all public two- and four-year institutions providing part-time job compensation students across Texas, TCC ranks #8 offering 87 opportunities and $361,920 in total compensation. In the same study, TCC ranks #3 across Texas for average earnings per worker, providing an average of $4,160 per student. Throughout the academic year, the Tarrant County College District provided an additional $1.25 million in federal and state work-study funds for part-time jobs. PTE compensation refers to the total dollar amount awarded to the student body for working part-time jobs provided the institution.
 
The Student Loan Report first ranks the top colleges and universities in each state according to part-time employment compensation. Second, a nationwide breakdown of all surveyed schools was completed to outline the distribution of university-provided part-time employment.
 
“The rate of pay for most positions on campus is generally better than most minimum wage jobs in the community. The College also benefits in terms of higher retention among these students, a part-time workforce to support more ‘seasonal’ work, and these students often form a rich recruitment pool for vacant full-time academic and administrative support positions,” Jordan continued.
 
According to L. Joy Gates Black, Ed.D., vice chancellor of academic affairs and student success, “Offering part-time jobs to students is another example of our commitment to student retention and completion. Students are better prepared for advanced studies or entering the job market sooner by gaining life and job skills, building their work résumé, and reducing the amount of debt owed later.”
 

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