Work Plus enabled her to focus more on her studies by combining payment of her tuition with a paycheck earned working a flexible 24-hour per week work schedule with The Fischer Group in West Chester Twp.
At the Fischer Group her work and position has evolved and today she serves as an “issue supervisor,” handling ordering, packaging, shipping and other issues for the two companies that the Fischer Group serves at its fulfillment center. In addition to her work with the client companies she has worked with the Fischer Group to develop standardized operating procedures and to train employees, said Miami officials.
“I couldn’t believe it. The program cut my work week in half and it was paying for my school” while also paying Kiep $11 an hour to learn new skills in the work world.
Miami’s Vice President for ASPIRE Randi Thomas said “Anna’s experience with Work Plus is precisely what Miami, working with (program founder) Senator Bill Coley (R-Liberty Twp) and area companies, envisioned.”
“She gained work experience, earned a regular income from a scheduled position that worked around her class schedule, and is graduating debt-free,” said Thomas.
Kiep said she is taking her undergraduate degree and will start classes at Cleveland State University in the spring in pursuit of a masters in school counseling.
“It’s great to have our first program graduate, and equally great to see that she is continuing on to a higher degree to reach and serve students in our schools,” said Thomas.
Kiep, who is the first in her family to earn a college degree, said of being the first graduate from the new program, “I feel very privileged and blessed to have had this opportunity.”
“Work Plus, combined with the affordability of Miami Regionals, is a combination that all students should explore.”