Who We Are and What We Do

tan MISSION To transform the students of today into the stars of tomorrow who will evolve into the socially conscious leaders of the future. We do this through our unique and proven SWP model to positively impact the lives of students and parents who will add value to businesses, schools and our community.
VISION To restore the “American Dream” for our youth by providing an alternative approach to the existing educational system that will cultivate morally conscious and well-rounded employees who will go on and use what they have learned to transform the workforce. shadow

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Summer 2015

Summer 2015

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Operating Principles

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Teach Learn Philosophy

The Teach Learn Philosophy is a key component of the SWP culture and operations. SWP believes that every question poses an opportunity for someone to teach and someone else to learn. Students are encouraged to ask questions freely and openly. Students are also provided with opportunities to teach others what they have learned, further enforcing their own knowledge and growth.

School Comes First

SWP encourages students enrolled to value school education as their top priority. Students enrolled with SWP create their own schedules to work around their classes, exams, and student activities.


Pay It Forward

Preparing students for success through mentoring, coaching and knowledge sharing where each participant learns and implements our teach/learn philosophy. This means that each employee is constantly looking for opportunities to learn or teach another member of the team.

Making A Difference

Active in community service and learn about all aspects of non-profit operations and the importance of giving back to the community.



How We Work

Dollarphotoclub_6908695 We match students up with paid internships, job training, and professional development opportunities in the following business industries:
  • Accounting
  • Business Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing

History

unnamed The vision for the program began in 1982 when the Founder, Daniel Ruotolo, was a junior in college. Dan took the initiative to approach accounting firms in his area and explained to them that although he had no experience, he was a hard worker and quick learner looking for real world experience in accounting.

This was before the emergence of internships and students being employed in a professional capacity prior to graduation.

Dan was fortunate enough to work part‐time for two small accounting firms his last 2 years of college, providing him with an incredible opportunity to work in a professional accounting environment and apply what he learned in school in the real world. This gave him a significant edge in the employment market and a jump start to his

accounting career.

Photo of Students from #ILeadBiz campToday, 30 years later, he looks back with appreciation for the opportunity provided by those people and firms. The ability of getting this type of experience is invaluable and can seriously impact one’s life and success in their accounting career. Dan was committed that if had the opportunity someday he would pay-it- forward. Student Working Professionals (SWP) has been operating for over 20 years as a program operating under its Collaborative Partner Companies: Visions in Innovative Accounting, Ruotolo Spewak & Co., and the Digital Accounting Institute. In 2014 SWP became an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

To obtain nonprofit status, SWP has merged with a former nonprofit organization: Clique In. Clique In was an organization concentrated on anti-bullying initiatives.

Kaitlin Rattigan and Dana Baglivo In 2014, the name Student Working Professionals was used to unify the two organizations and its various entities to promote the common vision to restore the “American Dream” for our youth by providing an alternative approach to the existing educational system that will cultivate morally conscious and well-rounded employees who will go on and use what they have learned to transform the workforce.

SWP and Clique-In now function harmoniously as a single organization, with the single mission to transform the students of today into the stars of tomorrow who will evolve into the socially conscious leaders of the future. We do this through our unique and proven SWP model to positively impact the lives of students and parents who will add value to businesses, schools and our community.

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Restoring the American Dream for Our Youth

Imagine a world where students could go to college and graduate completely debt-free, with some additional money saved up, and 6 years worth of real-world practical work experience. Through Student Working Professionals, this scenario is a reality. To us, the American Dream means rewarding individuals for doing what they need to do in order to pursue their desired career path. The American Dream means that when you go to school, get your degree, have an internship or other relevant experience you are then more than qualified to get a job and consequently a job offer (or multiple!). However, in today’s economy, that has not been the case for some time. Student Working Professionals is succeeding in bringing back that dream for our youth. The dream that if you do everything you can to become a competitive applicant that your hard work pays off in the form of a job offer.

OUR TEAM

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Dan Ruotolo

Board of Directors

Chairman of the Board

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Kaitlin Rattigan

Director of SWP

kaitlin@swpstars.org
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Gail Murphy

Board of Directors

Secretary

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Lori McFadden

Board of Directors

Treasurer

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Where we work:

We have office locations in the following areas of South Jersey:
  • 101 Chestnut Avenue, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
  • 41 N Kings Highway, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
  • 50 Academy St S, Glassboro, NJ 08028