Summer learning company needs to fill 60 jobs – fast |

Summer learning company needs to fill 60 jobs – fast

Andre Salvail
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado

ASPEN – An Indiana company with a contract to provide summer learning programs at elementary schools in Basalt and Glenwood Springs is looking to fill 60 temporary jobs quickly and is reaching out to Aspen-area job seekers.

Indianapolis-based Summer Advantage USA is accepting applications from state-certified teachers who are off for the summer as well as other qualified personnel to staff its summer programs at Basalt Elementary, Glenwood Springs Elementary and Sopris Elementary, also in Glenwood Springs.

Applications through the company’s website,, are due May 18, said Helen Dixon, director of recruiting. Training will be conducted June 25 through 29, and the six-week learning program runs from July 9 to Aug. 10, she said.

The company is not providing a typical summer-school program in which students must improve in a subject in order to advance to the next grade. Summer Advantage USA says that its summer learning program is optional, giving students a leg up on the following school year and the equivalent of more than two months of skills in math, reading and writing.

“This gain is particularly important because children typically lose two months of skills during the summer,” the company said in a statement.

Summer Advantage USA needs academic teachers, enrichment teachers, teaching assistants, school nurses, administrators and managers, Dixon said in a phone interview on Friday.

Its programs have been recognized by Time and Parents magazines, the TV news network MSNBC and the White House initiative United We Serve, according to the company.

“Over the past three years, Summer Advantage USA has engaged over 10,000 students in learning and physical fitness,” the statement says.

“We find that when students who are off for the summer return to school in the fall, they actually have lost three months of reading, writing and math,” Dixon said. “Our program supports not only retaining that three months but also advancing them.”

In the three years since it was founded, the company has provided services in Indiana and Illinois and is now expanding to Colorado and Alabama, she said.

“Since we implement the program, we staff the program, as well,” Dixon said. “We look for a certain caliber of individual. We look for incredibly mission-driven individuals who believe that education is the lever to closing the achievement gap.”

She said the pay would be competitive and comparable to salary rates provided to teachers and professionals at local public schools during the regular school year.

“At the end of the day, though, we look for individuals who are philosophically aligned and want to be a part of the Summer Advantage community,” Dixon said.

The company will look over applications over the next eight days and then will select certain job-seekers to visit its representatives for an “interview day” on May 22 at Basalt and Glenwood Springs elementary schools, she said.

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