Welcome to WASEA

The student employment field is ever-changing and we are often faced with workforce challenges that greatly effect our role at each of our institutions. These challenges include: budget cuts, the increasing importance of student employees, legal issues, re-authorization, community service requirements (America Reads and Math Counts Programs), changes in technology, and job trends. Meeting and rising up to these challenges requires a great deal of innovation and creativity, the members of WASEA successfully navigate these challenges on a day-to-day basis. Our members take great pride in their contributions to student employment and stand ready to share their knowledge and expertise with you.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in administering student employment or hiring students in the western regional states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming. WASEA supports and promotes student employment through research, publications, professional development opportunities, and the open exchange of information. 

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Coronavirus Updates

Most Recent Updates:

September 14th, 2020: ICE announces another extension to I-9 compliance flexibility

Dear Colleagues,

We are writing to provide updated guidance on student employment regulations in light of the COVID-19 crisis. The Office of Post-secondary Education has released a statement regarding interruptions of student-related activities related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). In this message, they address making Federal Work Study payments for disaster-affected students. In this statement they include:

"Federal law includes a provision allowing an institution to make FWS payments under certain limited circumstances to disaster-affected students who are unable to continue working. Given the unique nature of this situation, it is unlikely that an entire region would be declared a Federal disaster area, yet to students enrolled at a campus that must close temporarily, the loss of this important form of financial aid can be devastating. The impact may be magnified if the institution accommodates students by providing alternative instructional opportunities and the student is required to continue paying tuition, but the student loses FWS as an important part of their financial aid award. For students enrolled and performing FWS at a campus that must close due to COVID-19, or for a FWS student who is employed by an employer that closes as a result of COVID-19, the institution may continue paying the student Federal work-study wages during that closure if it occurred after the beginning of the term, the institution is continuing to pay its other employees (including faculty and staff), and the institution continues to meet its institutional wage share requirement. Students who were prevented from beginning a term at the institution as a result of a COVID-19-related disruption would not be eligible for Federal Student Aid for that term, and therefore could not be paid FWS wages for hours they did not work. Graduate students who are paid FWS wages on salary may continue to be paid for the remainder of the term if the institution is also paying its faculty and staff during that period. In these instances, institutions should document (as contemporaneously as feasible) that the COVID-19 disruption was the reason the student received FWS funds without documentation of hours worked." 

Our Board is continuing to monitor the situation and will provide any further information here. 

Stay safe and well. 

Student Employee of the Year

April 12 - 19, 2020:
National Student Employment Week observed.
National SEOTY winner announced and runner-up finalists notified.
National SEOTY award is presented at winner's campus.

2020 Regional Student Employee of the Year

Summer Herlevi, Brigham Young University 


State Winners:

Arizona: Pima Community College (Soolmaz Momen)
California: Pepperdine University (Gabriel Garcia)
Colorado: University of Colorado, Boulder (Trevor Weschler)
Hawaii: University of Hawaii, Manoa (Lindsey Bull)
Montana: University of Montana (Ashley Hilliard)
Nevada: Truckee Meadows Community College (Denise Merino)
Oregon: Portland State University (Veronica Roderick)
Washington: Washington State University (Noah Sanchez) 
For more information, please visit our 2019-2020 SEOTY webpage.