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Jump Start in the Right Direction at UC


Mentees of the UC Mentoring Program met with future employees and graduate schools to help jump start their futures in the right directions.

Williamsburg, Ky. - University of Cumberlands (UC) hosted a career fair recently that opened the doors for many students to apply for internships and full-time positions after graduation. Sponsored by Career Services, Alumni Services and the Student Activities departments, the event included more than 20 businesses and organizations and 10 graduate schools.

University of the Cumberlands Mentorship program was able to take a special part in the Career Fair this year.

The Mentorship program organizes volunteers from the university who want to make a profound difference in the lives of young people in the community. Following a week of special training, volunteers are matched with local middle-school students whom they mentor in academic, athletic, social, or service activities, depending on their interest and expertise.

The AT&T Foundation funds the UC mentoring program with a $25,000.00 grant to implement a series of college and career workshops entitled appropriately as SUCCESS. This stands for Students Using the Community and Career Education to Secure Success, for the mentees.

The mentees spent the day learning about their individual career interest inventories, personality types, and explored career codes/clusters.

After the workshops they attended the Career Fair to inquire about opportunities in the job market and to obtain information about graduate programs. The mentees designed questions to ask representatives participating in the Career Fair.

Ample opportunity was available for to speak with multiple companies and organizations that attended the event. These included 21st Mortgage, AIKCU-Frankfort Legislative Internship Program, AmeriCorps*Kentucky College Coaches, Area Health Education Center, BuildCorps*AmeriCorps, Christian Appalachian Project/VISTA, CSC, Cumberland River Comprehensive Care Center, Daniel Boone Center, FBI, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Flowers Bakery, Knox County Schools, My University Mobile, The Work Connection, US Army, US Marine Corps, US Navy, US Social Security (Corbin), and the Whitley County School system.

Also in attendance were schools representing their institution’s graduate programs to assist students that are thinking about pursuing their education at a higher level. Those colleges represented were Asbury University, Campbellsville University, Eastern Kentucky University, Georgetown College, Reformed Theological Seminary (Atlanta), Richmont Graduate University, UK College of Social Work, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville Interdisciplinary & Graduate Studies, and the University of the Cumberlands Graduate Admissions.

All of the mentees gained valuable information that will help impact their lives in the future. While starting at an early age participating in events like these will help this group of students be well prepared for anything from continuing their education to pursing their future career paths.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.