Student Hires collaborates with schools & districts to create experiential K-12 after-school programs led by local college & university students. These programs provide valuable job opportunities for students in our region. Founded in 2015 by Manuel Zavala, Student Hires was created due to an increased need for practical project-based jobs for students.
Student Hires originally began as a student-run creative agency. The agency contracted with local small-medium sized businesses to provide web and graphic design services. To complete the projects, local university students were hired, providing them with a source of income and valuable job opportunities that helped these students to develop their professional portfolios.
In August 2018, Student Hires began to provide project-based educational programs to high school students. These programs were designed to prepare students for careers in technology and transition those students into entry-level jobs within the community.