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WMU students invited to career success seminar

March 23, 2011

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KALAMAZOO--Thirty Western Michigan University students are invited to register for a Career Success Seminar that will give them insight into the job skills most desired by employers.

Participating students will gather from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, on Kalamazoo Valley Community College's Texas Township Campus in Room 9130 of the new student services wing. Registration is required by Tuesday, March 29.

The free seminar is a pilot program being organized by Kalamazoo Valley Community College in collaboration with four other community colleges and WMU.

The event will begin with a panel presentation by established professionals from WMU, Bronson Methodist Hospital, Landscape Forms, PNC Bank and Weber Specialties. The panel will discuss the skills and characteristics critical for tomorrow's workers and give suggestions for how students can leverage their skills and other assets to be competitive in their work environments.

Participants will then be divided into groups that will rotate through two skill-building break-out sessions and also will take a general skills-assessment test. One of the sessions planned will focus on making a good impression while the other will focus on communication, teamwork, the importance of a strong work ethic, and technical and analytical skills.

About 100 college students, including 60 from KVCC and 30 from WMU, are being sought to participate in the pilot seminar. Also partnering in the program are Glen Oaks, Kellogg, Lake Michigan and Muskegon Community colleges.

The schools are part of the Southwest Michigan Higher Education Consortium, which strengthens public post-secondary educational offerings in southwest Michigan through collaboration and resource sharing. Its regionwide goals include improving work-force preparedness and enhancing education and training opportunities for citizens.

The Career Success Seminar will be videotaped and posted on KVCC's website and shared with consortium members for use in future training events.

To register for the seminar or obtain more information, WMU students should call KVCC at (269) 488-4603. For more information, contact Laura Cosby, director of KVCC's Student Success Center, at lcosby@kvcc.edu or (269) 488-4440.

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Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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