CONTACT: Lindsey Byars
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
CU PARTNERS WITH GLOBAL MENTORSHIP INITIATIVE
ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University is collaborating with Global Mentorship Initiative (GMI) beginning this fall. President Kendra Boggess signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the non-profit organization on Wednesday.
Global Mentorship Initiative is an organization created from the Rockefeller Foundation’s Digital Jobs Africa Initiative to help prepare students for their first career job. This agreement will connect students with mentors who can provide experience based guidance and business skills to help better prepare students to enter the job market after graduation.
“”The project is key to the foundational stages of Concord’s Career Services initiative that focuses on reaching out to community partners, businesses, and local governmental agencies to help create an array of meaningful internship and mentorship activities,” says Phil Lewis, Director of Career Services.
Lewis adds that this collaboration is one of the latest additions to a campus-wide, career-oriented outreach program initiated by Dr. Boggess and coordinated through the Career Services office of the Center for Academic and Career Development.
Skills students will learn include interview best practices, communication skills in a corporate environment, and how to build a business network—business soft skills graduates often lack.
Faculty can nominate senior level students, who then must apply through GMI. Students can also contact Lewis in the Career Services office for more information at 304-384-6292.