College of DuPage Foundation Board Members Sherman Neal and Kathy Lietz along with COD Foundation Executive Director Karen Kuhn had the opportunity to attend COD’s Career Ready Scholars’ Celebration. This year the program was fully funded by the Foundation’s Resource For Excellence Grant Program.
The Career Ready Scholar Program was created to support College of DuPage students in career development and preparation. The year-long program allows students to develop the knowledge they need to be successful in the workforce. This program matches participants with an employer for a job shadow experience. Students are also able to purchase interview apparel in preparation for that experience.
Career Ready Scholars are required to complete a series of career preparation activities with the guidance and support of the Career Services Center. Throughout the year-long program students are required to work independently and with their peers to complete assignments such as a peer resume review.
After this program, students are able to:
- Define and apply all eight NACE (National Association for Colleges and Employers), competencies.
- Create a strong resume and cover letter.
- Understand the importance of LinkedIn and creating their professional brand.
- Successfully conduct an informational interview through the Job Shadow Experience.
Congrats to these incredible students! The College of DuPage Foundation is proud to support this program!