College Launches Career Coaching and Employer Connections Program

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne/Warsaw has officially launched its Career Coaching and Employer Connections (CCEC) program and welcomes students to participate starting this August.

Ivy Tech developed the CCEC program, which brings together career development and employer outreach to meet the needs of the workforce. Most importantly, with the student in mind, it creates a cohesive model for student and employer engagement. This new, more strategic approach will emphasize comprehensive career readiness practices working alongside academic preparation throughout a student’s college experience.

Ivy Tech has long been known as the place to launch your career for students of all ages as well as the place to seek top talent for employment opportunities. With the ever-changing workforce, Ivy Tech provides custom training to meet the demands of companies looking to skill-up current employees to grow and retain personnel so organizations and the people who work in them can thrive.

“We are excited about implementing a program that equips students with knowledge and career readiness skills needed to thrive in the workplace,” says Joe McMichael, Executive Director of Career Coaching and Employer Connections at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne/Warsaw. “Our Ivy Tech Fort Wayne/Warsaw graduates will leave prepared to attain meaningful careers, which will ultimately enhance the Hoosier workforce and strengthen communities across our service area.”

For students, the Career Coaching and Employer Connections program will provide the opportunity for:

  • Creation of a Career Development Portfolio: students will showcase why an employer should hire them and will include resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, work and learn experiences, and the professional network and connections they have built with support from their CCEC team.
  • Career Coaching: focused, one-to-one relationship to help the student figure out the right steps for their career path that match their values, interests, personality and skills.
  • Work and Learn: opportunity to build relationships with employers and gain direct experience in careers that interest the student, such as working alongside professionals in a tech company, or assisting on a Human Resources team in a healthcare organization.

The CCEC program also benefits employers by helping them find top talent for their workforce needs and/or skill-up current employees with custom training. By closely aligning the student experience and employer needs, the CCEC program will meet the specific skills and training needs of employers in Indiana, and neighboring states.

Ivy Tech has received support to establish CCEC from several other organizations that include: Lilly Endowment, Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, Central Indiana Community Foundation, Glick Fund, Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Garatoni-Smith Family Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, and Salesforce.

The College will roll out the new model through a phased approach over four years. The first phase commenced last fall with six campuses launching in August: Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, South Bend/Elkhart, Kokomo, Sellersburg, and Madison.

Contact Joe McMichael, Executive Director of CCEC in Fort Wayne at 260-480-4223 or to learn more about how this program can help you.

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