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Beth Larsen from Gener8or speaking to students. Beth Larsen from Gener8or speaking to students. The Aspire Center taught five sections of classes during J-Term that were loaded with career-ready topics and work-preparedness events.

Our Career Planning and Life After Carthage course sections encompassed about 150 students, ranging from freshmen to seniors and across all majors. The Aspire Center career specialists, internship coordinator, and director of external relations all helped teach a specialized version of each course section.

Our J-Term courses are packed with presentations, signature events, and panels. Holly Hess, purposeful life and leadership coordinator, connected students to a deeper understanding of their own vocation. Alumni who are now recruiters participated in a panel in which students learned what recruiters truly look for in a candidate. Endia Robbins from the Office of Equity and Inclusion presented on DEI in the workplace. We had Beth Larsen from Gener8or discuss the importance of grit in the workplace. And Cheryl Hudson Jackson presented in the class Life After Carthage about linking a business mission and values to ensure success.

Cheryl Hudson Jackson and students in the Life After Carthage class. Cheryl Hudson Jackson and students in the Life After Carthage class.

One highlight of The Aspire courses included a field trip to SC Johnson, where students learned about the scope of a business model. The Office of Marketing and Communications provided headshots for all students’ LinkedIn profiles. Professor Jean Quashnock’s Personal Finance class joined The Aspire classes to participate in a real-world financial simulation hosted by Educators Credit Union. Last but not least, students participated in a mock career fair, which allowed students an experience to practice an elevator pitch.

Students participating in the Educators Credit Union simulation. Students participating in the Educators Credit Union simulation.

Staff members from various offices around campus — Admissions, the Office of the Registrar, the Office of Student Involvement, the Center for Student Success, the Center for Faith and Spirituality, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, Residential Life, and Advancement — volunteered to help make all of these events a success!

A mock career fair prepares students for future career expos. A mock career fair prepares students for future career expos. It truly was a packed J-Term with students and staff alike braving the cold, snow, and rain. Our hearts are full of gratitude for those who assisted. Our students are better prepared for their future, armed with knowledge and engagement from our programming. Our success is the direct result of the collaboration of our community. Thank you again to all faculty and staff members who made this J-Term a success. Please know that you are truly appreciated!

Sponsoring Department, Office, or Organization:

The Aspire Center

For more information, contact:

aspire@carthag.edu