Recognized as one of Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2018)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 23, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why Southeast College was selected as one of Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2018):
- Southeast College supports its new moms and dads (including adoptive parents) with maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 95% of salary for 15 weeks) and offers the convenience of an onsite daycare service when they're ready to return to work
- Southeast College offers new employees 3 weeks of starting vacation as well as additional time off during the Christmas holidays and up to 5 paid personal days off each year
- Along with its role as an educator, Southeast College encourages ongoing employee development with tuition subsidies for job-related courses, subsidies for professional accreditation and a variety of in-house and online training programs
A passion for student success at Southeast College
It was a moment Margaret Fuchs will not forget. In 2016, she was voted by her peers and the students at Southeast College as the recipient of the inaugural TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) Award, one of the President's Awards series that recognizes staff for exemplary dedication to students and the college. "It was very moving, and a total surprise," Fuchs recalls. "It brought tears to my eyes."
Fuchs has worked at Southeast College since 1997, serving as Student Services Advisor since 2002. "I advise the students about our courses, what the educational requirements are, how to enroll and how to obtain a student loan. If one of our programs does not fit them, I help them find something else. Working with the students is my passion."
Through partnerships with post-secondary institutions, the college delivers a wide variety of career, vocational, and academic programming to over 70 communities in southeastern Saskatchewan. It operates campuses in six communities: Assiniboia, Estevan, Indian Head, Moosomin (where Fuchs is located), Weyburn and Whitewood. The college graduates about 5,500 students annually.
Fuchs' passion for helping students is widely shared at Southeast College. "We have a common goal and purpose as employees of the college and that is to provide a relevant and timely educational experience for our students," says Dion McGrath, President and CEO.
He adds: "We have a dedicated group of employees who do fantastic work, to ensure success both for the learners and for the employers with whom we're partnering. We strive to make sure the learners have the requisite skills to fill the labour market's needs. All of what we do starts and stops with the committed staff of the college."
In addition to hiring instructors, the college recruits frontline employees, including both student advisors such as Fuchs and staff who connect directly with the business community. It is not uncommon for graduates to stay in contact with their former instructors and advisors as they follow their career paths.
Southeast College offers new employees three weeks of starting vacation (senior personnel receive four weeks to start) as well as additional time off during the Christmas holidays and up to five paid personal days off each year. The college also provides one paid volunteer day annually to encourage employees to be involved with the community. Fuchs uses her volunteer day to help organize the fundraising campaign of the local Shrine Club.