Participating companies will provide 15-20 hours of work each week in a position related to the student’s field of study. Each Technical Scholar will be paid $10 per hour for the semester. Thereafter, the sponsoring company may award incentive increases based on company policies and academic/work performance.
Companies may sponsor their current employees as Technical Scholars without adhering to the first semester hourly pay standard.
During a student’s final semester of sponsorship, participating companies should notify the Technical Scholar of any full-time employment opportunities, based on company needs, which may exist upon successful completion of the Technical Scholars Program. If employment opportunities are not available, the Technical Scholar will be referred to other participating companies.
Availability of fringe benefits may vary based on company policy. Company representatives will provide information about such benefits at the time of the interview/selection process.
In the unlikely event that a participating company should experience a layoff and/or closure, the company will make every effort to support the student in order for them to remain a Technical Scholar.
Participating companies agree not to hire or to actively recruit Technical Scholars who are employed with other participating companies while they are under sponsorship and for at least one year of the Technical Scholars’ employment following graduation. Technical Scholars are strongly encouraged to complete their sponsorship requirements. Should a Technical Scholar lose their sponsorship, they may be considered, along with other applicants, for available positions within the participating company.
Technical Scholars are required to complete placement testing during the admission process. They are also expected to adhere to the regulations listed below. Failure to do so may result in termination.
- A Technical Scholar is expected to maintain at least a 2.5 GPA and be a full-time student (12 semester hours in fall and spring terms, 9 semester hours in summer term).
- If the Technical Scholar’s GPA falls below the established GPA requirement, the student will be placed on probation. If the student’s GPA falls below 2.5 during the probationary term, the student will lose their Technical Scholars sponsorship. Exceptions to this will be dealt with on an individual basis with agreement from the sponsoring company, Aiken Technical College, and the student. Should a Technical Scholar lose their sponsorship, the student may continue at the College bearing their own expenses, if the student is not subject to the College’s established academic suspension policy.
- If a Technical Scholar must repeat a course, they will be responsible for the cost of repeating the course.
- The Technical Scholar must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher to be eligible to work more than 20 hours per week. Additional work hours are contingent upon the company’s need for the Technical Scholar to work overtime.
- Technical Scholars who lose their sponsorship are required to return all books and supplies to the sponsoring company.
- Each semester, the participating company and Aiken Technical College advisors evaluate Technical Scholars’ work and academic performance. Technical Scholars are responsible for reporting their mid-term and final grades, attendance, and other college information to the sponsoring company, in a timely manner, each semester. The College will ascertain academic progress each semester through the early alert process which identifies students having problems during the fourth week of the semester. In addition, advisors will check student progress again at midterm. At the end of the semester, the College will forward transcripts for Technical Scholars to each company.
- Sponsoring companies may expect Technical Scholars to take additional courses and/or to meet other academic or work standards as a part of their sponsorship requirements.
- Technical Scholars are subject to losing their sponsorship for not complying with College/academic program policies, procedures, and requirements and/or for not complying with the sponsoring company’s policies, procedures, and requirements. Technical Scholars in violation of College policies and procedures may be subject to the consequences associated with that specific policy or procedure.
- Technical Scholars must enroll in EGR 105, Safety in the Workplace during their first semester in the program.
- Technical Scholars must sign release forms which allow the College to provide the student’s sponsoring company with his/her academic, attendance, and/or other relevant records and information.