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Expanded College to Career Center launches

There has never been a more heightened focus on the outcome of a college education.

And Doane College is ready to answer, adding yet another resource for students with the new College to Career Center.

Relocated to a high-traffic corridor across from the cafeteria in Perry Memorial Campus Center, the renamed College to Career Center is staffed by Director of Career Development Carolyn Ersland and new Internship Coordinator Sarah Begay '96.20140213CtCCgraphic1.jpg

The new center brings together the strength of existing programs and services with new ones focused on helping students identify their skills and interests while connecting them to the real world through internships, pre-professional programs, skill development, career planning and other resources.

And this all begins in a student’s first year.   

“To successfully prepare students for a complex work world, we need to get them started when they first come to campus,” said Kim Jacobs, vice president for Student Leadership. “We can help them create a road map, explore options and learn to transfer the skills they acquire at Doane to their chosen career.”

It’s never been a better time to have a college degree, according to a Pew Research Center study released February 11, 2014. On virtually every economic measure for well-being and career attainment – including earnings – college graduates are outperforming their peers with less education.

Do these benefits outweigh the cost of college? Yes, said survey respondents, and that feeling is echoed by Doane graduates.

In an independent survey of Doane alumni who graduated in 2002-12, results indicated that the college helped them prepare for their career – and that career related to their area of study.

20140213CtCCgraphic2.jpgAmong Doane’s recent graduates in 2012, 93 percent of those who responded indicated they were employed or pursuing continued education within six months after graduation. 

Doane’s new College to Career Center is one more resource to support students. Doane was among the first colleges in the nation to offer a four-year guarantee and back it with faculty who live that promise every day.

Construction of the College to Career Center was undertaken with financial assistance from the Sunderland Foundation of Kansas City. The foundation has been a dedicated and loyal partner in other Doane College projects such as Fuhrer Field House, the George and Sally Haddix Recreation & Athletic Center, the Chab Weyers Education & Hixson Lied Art Building, Whitcomb Lee Conservatory and the Lied Science and Mathematics Building.