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    April 2010

    WCU Launches Mentor Programs to Build Resources for Students

    Starting in August 2010, Western Carolina University will launch two mentor programs designed to provide an additional resource for students as they develop their career goals, build skills and experience, connect classroom knowledge to real-world settings, and create a network.

    Professional Career Mentors will be searched for and contacted through Western’s on-line program, JobCat.  Alumni, employers, and friends of the University represent a large number of fields and a wide range of experience, from bright, young professionals to senior leaders.  Students will be able to contact Professional Career Mentors in many fields to gain resume tips, seek advice about starting their careers, shadow them on the job, or even secure internship or co-op opportunities.

    The Peer Career Mentors will provide career exploration assistance to students on a peer-to-peer level. They will provide resume advice, teach students how to use job search technology, give advice regarding career event opportunities, offer group presentations, and serve as liaisons between Career Services and the classroom. Peer Career Mentors will also staff a mobile mentoring station, which will provide visibility and availability of help “on the spot” by rotating its location among the colleges and major academic areas.

     

    For further information, please contact:

    Michael Despeaux
    Career Services Coordinator and Counselor
    mdespeaux@wcu.edu
    205C Killian Annex
    828.227.3891