I was pleased to receive this suggestion for a guest blog post from Beverly, because she writes about one of the things which is unique to Draper’s culture. We have been employing college students here during the summer for over forty years, and have helped hundreds of students pay for their college expenses. They have helped us too. Generally speaking, they have been good workers and have helped us get through our summer busy season.  A number of those former students are now valuable Draper employees. -John

College students at Draper

College students earn funds for school while learning workplace standards at Draper.

My husband Matt and I have both worked for Draper for over 25 years. Draper has supported us in many ways through the years. Our children, now college students, have benefited from Draper’s support as well.

Draper assesses the summer help needed each year and they begin in May to recruit college students. Student employees must be full-time college students with a family member employed at Draper. Draper selects the students according to number needed for the summer and internal criteria.

My daughter Elizabeth, a senior at Ball State University, and son Ethan, a senior at the University of Notre Dame, have been fortunate to have this wonderful opportunity over the past four summers. It has been a blessing for them to be a part of a work force, learn the discipline of a time clock, understand the manufacturing process, learn a lot about people, and of course bring in that paycheck each week. They were able to purchase their first cars and use this money to help support themselves each year at college.

In spite of the tough economy these past years, Draper has still been able to provide this special benefit to our students.

-Beverly Ferguson, Customer Service Manager

Here’s a little more information about Beverly:

Beverly Ferguson is Draper's Customer Service Manager

Hello, I am the Customer Service Manager at Draper, Inc. I have always said that I grew up at Draper. I have lived all my life here in Spiceland, just around the corner from Draper. I have been married 28 years to Matt, who is also employed at Draper. We have two children, Elizabeth and Ethan. We are currently empty nesters with both of them in college.

I was hired–as a summer employee–in 1982. I soon moved to a full-time position, and through the years I have grown to the position of Customer Service Manager. I thoroughly enjoy helping our customers with any of their concerns or questions.

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