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Ora et labora
Student Work Program


Every student is required to give at least eight hours/week to service/work to The Collegium.  There are four reasons for this:

  1. to gain the spiritual benefits of work;

  2. to offset some of the costs and to help keep the cost of The Collegium as low as possible;  (NOTE: this program does not reduced your tuition/room & board charges; it keeps us from having to raise them.)

  3. to give students work experience that will help you connect the skills attained in the class room to real-life work experience;

  4. to give you experiences that will enhance your resume upon graduation.

Normally, students are not paid by our partners.  Rather, students fulfill their hour of service in these positions and the partners make donations to support The Collegium.  However, depending on the number of hours worked, it is possible that students could earn some income for hours worked beyond

their service requirements. 


(Students can be assigned to any work position.   

We try to be sensitive to your wishes, but we cannot guarantee any particular position.)

Below are some of the downtown businesses that have entered work agreements with The Collegium.

Gideon Properties  (20 W. Washington St.)

Gideon Properties, LLC is a Real Estate Investment Company established by Michael Fitzgerald, a friend of The Collegium. Gideon Properties invests in distressed properties and rehabilitates underutilized commercial buildings and unstable apartment complexes.  Some of Gideon Properties' projects can be viewed here.

Maryland Watch Works (14 N. Potomac St.)

Maryland Watch Works is a custom watch manufacturer and supplier.  They provide private label ODM (Original Design Manufacture), ODM (Original Equipment Manufacturer), assembly and repair services for watch brands.  They also repair quartz, manual, automatic, complicated and antique watches.  Their website is here.   


Students  can not only learn every aspect of the watch-making business, but they can also become certified technicians/watchmakers through the State of Maryland's apprenticeship program.

Heavenly Roast Coffee  (20 W. Washington St.)

Heavenly Roast Coffee is produced and sold by Holy Angels Ministries to support The Collegium. 

Students working for Heavenly Roast Coffee will learn all phases of running a small business, from production, to shipping, to customer relations, to ordering, to bookkeeping, to marketing.

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The Ice Cream Shop  (96 W. Washington St.)

Hagerstown's only ice cream store.  They feature ice cream from the local South Mountain Creamery.

The Yarn Shop (98 W. Washington St.)

Hagerstown's source for all things in the world of knitting.


Datachieve  (30 W. Washington St.)

DatAchieve is a digital agency specializing in web, print, and marketing solutions that engage customers and grow business.


Wright-Garner Insurance  (100 W Antietam St.)


Steve Swayne Insurance  (63 W Franklin St.)

Mr. Swayne has served the downtown community for thirty years.  He is especially interested in students with fluency in Spanish.  


Leiter's Fine Catering  (Williamsport, MD)

Family-owned and operated, Leiters' Fine Catering is a leading full-service event planning company that has been serving the quad state areas for more than forty years.

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