The Westwood College Employment Pledge

Westwood College

Employment PledgeAt Westwood, we are passionate about your success.
We believe every individual has the potential to achieve success and find a better future. If you’re ready to begin your journey, we’ll help guide you every step of the way. Our newest commitment to help you succeed is the Westwood Employment Pledge1.

We’re so confident that you’ll receive the right skills to launch your career and get your first job that if you haven’t found employment within six months of graduation, we’ll help pay your bills. Simple as that.

 

  • $500 per month for up to six months (bachelor’s degree)

  • $250 per month for up to six months (diploma and associate degrees)

Westwood Employment Pledge details

 

Your commitment:

Your commitment is straightforward. We want you to be focused on academic success and actively work with our career services team to start your career. Your commitment to complete the program includes:

  • Achieve cumulative 3.0 GPA or better at graduation
  • Actively pursue employment with career services and be employment-eligible per Westwood’s accrediting standards.
    Successfully complete the following:
    • work with career services to perfect your resume prior to graduation
    • complete your portfolio prior to graduation (design and gaming students only)
    • participate in our mock interview process prior to graduation
    • professionally participate in scheduled interviews
    • consistently and actively engage with career services until employment

 

Our commitment:

We stand behind our education and we’ll support you on your path to success.

  • Westwood Career Success Plan
  • Our career services team will work with you to perfect your resume and your interviewing skills, and connect you with employers who are hiring in your field.
  • If you do not find employment within six months of graduation, we’ll stand by you and help pay your bills for
    up to six months or when you become employed, whichever comes first.
    • $500 per month for up to six months (bachelor’s degrees)
    • $250 per month for up to six months (diploma and associate degrees)

 

Program details:

  • The Employment Pledge program is available to new students starting at Westwood College, beginning May 2011 term for CA and IL students and August 2011 term for CO, GA, TX, VA and online students.
  • To participate, the student must sign the Employment Pledge commitment document during the first meeting with their career services representative prior to the first day of class.
  • Employment is defined as employed in-field or related field.
  • Students must be continuously enrolled (unless approved for a leave of absence).
  • To receive the monthly payment, eligible graduates must make a formal request to the campus career services director.
  • Eligible graduates must check in weekly in person or via phone with career services beginning upon graduation.
  • Refusal of a qualifying job offer or interview may impact eligibility.
  • Eligibility for monthly payments ends in the month in which a student becomes employed in field or related field, or after six months of receiving payments. Student is required to inform Westwood immediately upon obtaining employment.
  • Any payments made to eligible graduates under the “Employment Pledge” in any calendar year will be treated as taxable income to the graduate in that calendar year that the payment was received. Westwood College will report the payment to each recipient and to the IRS via a Form 1099-MISC for miscellaneous income (such forms will be mailed out no later than January 31st following the calendar year in which the payment was received). Any questions regarding tax impact on the recipient should be referred to the recipient’s tax preparer/advisor.
  • If a student wishes to dispute eligibility, he/she needs to use the Student Resolution Process detailed in the Westwood College catalog.
  • Any student who violates the student code of conduct is not eligible.

 

1The Employment Pledge program is available to new students starting at Westwood College.