Fitness Center and Swimming Pool: All non-temporary employees and their dependents are eligible for Escalante Fitness Center and Western Pool passes. The cost is $50 per family member each semester.
Employee Assistance Program: All non-temporary employees are eligible for seven counseling sessions without charge every year through the Campus Mental Health Center, located at 104 Tomichi Hall.
Tuition waivers: All non-temporary employees may apply for tuition waivers for up to 6 credits an academic year (pro-rated for part-time employees), if the courses may enhance job performance.
Extended Studies: Employees may enroll in up to two non-credit classes each semester for free, with the exception of classes offered by outside agencies.
Work-Life discounts: The State has arranged for employee discounts on a wide variety of goods and services.
Voluntary Retirement Plans – All employees are eligible to establish voluntary, tax-sheltered retirement accounts with PERA’s 401(k), the State 457 Plan and/or the Four State Colleges 403(b). Read the Voluntary Retirement Plan Comparison chart for a summary of the plans.
Child Care Center: Tenderfoot child care center is a community daycare facility conveniently located adjacent to campus.
Benefits for Faculty and Administrators
Eligibility: An employment contract equal to .5 FTE or greater for the entire fiscal year (July 1 – June 30). Insurance is provided to University employees through the Higher Education Insurance Benefits Alliance (CHEIBA) Trust. See the 2014 CHEIBA Summary Booklet for details.
Health and Dental insurance: Employees may choose from 2 health plans and 2 dental plans. Plans include PPO and HMO designs. Employees may choose coverage for themselves or family coverage. Domestic partners and their children are eligible. Coverage is effective the first day of work. Participation in health and dental plans is a condition of employment. Employees pay 35% of the total monthly premium. Premiums may be deducted pre-tax. Click here to view Western's monthly insurance premium rates.
Life Insurance: Group term life insurance is provided at a volume of twice the employee’s annual salary (to a maximum of $500,000). The accidental death benefit is four times annual salary. Policy includes a small life insurance benefit for dependents. The University contributes 100% of the basic life insurance premium.
Vision Insurance: Vision insurance is a voluntary plan. The plan offers basic coverage for eye exams and equipment once a year. Employees may choose employee, employee plus one, or family coverage. Employees pay 100% of the premium, if they choose this insurance. Premiums may be deducted pre-tax.
Long Term Disability: Offers significant income protection if an employee is unable to work due to disability. The University contributes 100% of the LTD premium.
Flex Plan: Employees may contribute up to $2,500 to health care spending accounts and up to $5,000 to dependent care spending accounts every year. Contributions reduce taxable income.
Voluntary Life Insurance: Additional group term life insurance is available for employees, their spouses and children through convenient payroll deduction. Additional accident death insurance is also available.
Work-related Travel Accident Life Insurance: The college provides $100,000 of travel accident life insurance, which covers employees while traveling on University business. The University contributes 100% of the premium.
Retirement Plan: Employment at the University is not covered by Social Security, but the 1.45% Medicare tax is withheld. (You may read here about the Social Security Windfall Elimination provision.) Therefore, a mandatory retirement plan contribution is required to replace Social Security participation.
- Colorado PERA (defined benefit plan) eligibility is limited to Faculty and Administrators who have previously participated in Colorado PERA and have at least one year of service credit.
- Defined Contribution Pension Plan (DCPP) is the mandatory pension plan for employees not eligible for PERA. PERA eligible employees may choose this plan, in lieu of PERA. The employee DCPP contribution is 8% of pre-tax income. The University contributes 11.4% to the DCPP and this match is 100% vested immediately. Fund sponsors are TIAA-CREF, Fidelity Investments and VALIC. Click here for the DCPP Summary Plan Document.
Sick Days: Both Faculty and Administrators receive paid time off for illness.
Vacation Days: Administrators accrue 4 weeks of paid vacation a year (pro-rated for part-time).
Holidays: 10 paid State holidays are available as paid time off for Administrators.
Benefits for Classified Employees
Eligibility: All non-temporary classified employees are eligible for benefits.
Health, Vision and Dental Insurance: Voluntary health/vision (2 plans) & dental (2 plans) are available to cover employees and their families. Coverage is effective the first day of the month following date of employment. Both the employee and the University contribute to the premiums. Premiums may be deducted pre-tax.
Life Insurance: Group term life insurance is provided at a volume of $50,000. The University pays 100% of the premium.
Short Term Disability: Offers income protection should an employee become unable to work due to a disability. Benefits include 2/3 salary replacement for up to 6 months. The University pays 100% of the premium.
Flex Plan: Employees may contribute up to $2,500 to health care spending accounts and up to $5,000 to dependent care spending accounts every plan year. Contributions reduce taxable income.
Optional Life Insurance: Two types of optional additional group term life insurance are available for employees and their dependents through convenient payroll deduction.
Voluntary Long Term Disability: Employees may apply for long term disability insurance. After a six month waiting period, the plan offers significant income protection, if an employee is unable to work due to disability. Employees pay 100% of the premium, if they are approved for this insurance.
Retirement Plan: Employment at the University is not covered by Social Security, but the 1.45% Medicare tax is withheld. Colorado PERA (a defined benefit pension plan) is the mandatory employee retirement plan to replace Social Security. The employee contribution to PERA is 10.5% of gross pay and the University currently contributes 13.15%.
Sick Days: The annual paid sick leave allowance is 10 days per year.
Vacation Days: Paid vacation time accrues at the rate of 8-14 hours per month, depending upon the number of years employed.
Holidays: 10 paid State holidays are available as paid time off for Classified employees.
Administrative Leave: Up to 12 hours of administrative leave is available for volunteer work or dependents’ school functions each year.
Leave Sharing: An employee leave sharing bank exists for qualifying extended serious illness/injury.
Scholarship: Employees’ dependent children may apply for the classified liaison council scholarship to attend WSC .