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Thrive Team Established
Merritt Jenkins - 8/1/2020

Thrive Team Established 


To mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on campus, Lee University announced the establishment of a specialized student workforce, the "Thrive Team," which will consist of 100 students hired into positions to help create a safe environment for faculty, staff, and fellow students.


"Students can work ten hours a week, earn minimum wage, and help the university meet the COVID-19 cleanliness expectations of parents, students, and the CDC," said Phil Cook, vice president for Enrollment at Lee. "It's a Win!Win!"


Freshmen and sophomore students with financial need will be given priority consideration. The university's Financial Aid office and Physical Plant will provide basic training, assistance, and oversight.


According to Marian Dill, Lee's director of Financial Aid, there are several benefits to developing such a student workforce.


"The obvious benefit is responding to COVID-19 and keeping the campus as clean as possible, but there are benefits for the student worker as well," said Dill. "Creating a special student workforce offers opportunities for students to earn funding which helps them to attend, persist, and build their resumes for finding employment after graduation."


For more information about the Thrive Team, contact the Financial Aid Office at (423) 614-8300 or email

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