3rd Annual Carthage College Business Readiness Forum
Carthage business students are becoming better prepared to enter the workforce thanks to an ongoing partnership between the College and Milwaukee’s ManpowerGroup.
The 3rd Annual Carthage College Business Readiness Forum held recently at ManpowerGroup Headquarters allowed managers from the company to provide Carthage faculty with practical information about the general state of entry-level hires, their concerns with recent hires, and skills they feel recent graduates are lacking.
Faculty from Carthage’s Business Department say the annual event is a great example of how business leaders and educators can partner to ensure students entering the workforce have the skills they need to succeed.
“In order for Carthage to create the best-prepared students,” Jennifer Madden, Carthage College’s Management and Marketing Department Chair said. “We need to collaborate with industry so that we have a demand facing approach towards that work because what we believe employers need may be different from what they actually need.”
The half-day workshop also included insights from recent graduates and new ManpowerGroup employees who’ve recently entered the workforce.
“This opportunity is very much connected to our passion and purpose as a company to make sure that we are giving insight about how employees can be prepared when they arrive to work,” said ManpowerGroup’s Chief Marketing Officer April Dunn.
Carthage uses the information they learn at these forums to continually update the curriculum for all business classes, which includes adding new classes and creating new programs. Past forums were held at Northwestern Mutual and Snap-on Inc., and the relationships established with these companies have resulted in job opportunities for recent Carthage graduates.