Community-Based Federal Work Study

A vital part of student success is achieving the skills necessary for the workplace. Community organizations can provide enriching opportunities that may not be possible otherwise. In the spring of 2018, the Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships began its Community-Based Federal Work Study (CBFWS) program at the University Area Community Development Corporation (UACDC). In the academic year of 2018-2019, we increased our partnerships to also include: Mort Elementary, Rightpath Research and innovation Center, Tampa Heights Junior Civic Association, and The Skills Center.  

Community-Based Federal Work Study provides students with opportunities to:

  • Apply academic learning to real-world problems
  • Explore and develop their interest in public and community service
  • Develop interpersonal, teamwork, and leadership skills, as well as a sense of “self-efficacy” — the recognition that one’s efforts can be effective in improving the community and helping others
  • Experience working with individuals from diverse ethnic and social backgrounds
  • Learn new, career-related skills
  • Explore potential career paths and develop career-supporting references
(Source: Campus Compact, Robert Davidson, Corporation for National and Community Service)

 For more information on Community-Based Federal Work Study,                                             please contact: Dustin Krein at 813.974.4274 or


Students Talk about Their Experience at the University Area CDC

delina“Working at the University Area CDC was the highlight of my spring semester. Under community development and engagement, I was able to go out in the University Area and learn the challenges that community members face. If it wasn’t for UACDC, I wouldn’t have gotten this exposure to the community.” –Delina Aylay, Global Business

kim"The welcoming environment of the UACDC along with the desire to address the needs of the community, made this an incredibly rewarding experience. I am more prepared as an individual because of the tasks I completed and the people I interacted with on a regular basis.”                  –Kimberly Gomez, Accounting

lb“The University Area Community Development Center is a transformative place where I was able to help the company grow alongside myself. I was able to learn new skills while being challenged here every day. Overall, the UACDC made a lasting impact on myself and helped me achieve my career goals.” –Lavaugh Brown, Computer Engineering
ck“Working at the UACDC has strengthened my will to help others. Working in this community connected the dots between my major and the real world.” –Celia Kaufman, Behavioral Health