The facility will provide students with unique resources and opportunities to put critical, nonacademic finishing touches on their education as they prepare for internships and careers in the “real world.”
“The center is designed to provide students with professional- and leadership-development opportunities that will supplement their academic programs and prepare them well for the best internship and career placements,” said CBE Dean Len Jessup. “Thanks to the vision and continued generosity of the
“The provost and President V. Lane Rawlins see the center as a much-needed offering for our students that helps us to achieve goal number one in the WSU strategic plan,” Jessup said. One of four, that goal is to “offer the best undergraduate experience in a research university.” The goals were implemented about four years ago and complement the WSU tagline of “World Class. Face to Face.”
“Linda and I remain committed to helping students prepare themselves for a graceful and effective transition from the academic world to the professional world,” Scott Carson said. “It is critically important that students receive the tools, coaching and resources they need to begin a productive and fulfilling career. The
An alumnus of the WSU business college, he joined Boeing just after graduation and moved steadily through a series of leadership positions. Most recently, he was named vice president of sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes in December. Just prior to that, he had served as president of Connexion by Boeing, which brings high-speed, in-flight Internet services to market with airlines in Europe and
After the room is rebuilt and furnished, the new center will feature two fully-equipped, simulated corporate board rooms where students can practice making professional presentations and two simulated executive offices where students can participate in mock interviews. There will also be a central area where they can meet and network with visiting executives, and where members of student teams and clubs can collaborate.
The center will provide services such as the videotaping of mock interviews with faculty and visiting corporate recruiters to help students perfect their presentation skills. And, students will also have coached exercises to help them build their strengths in leadership and teambuilding.
The staff of the center, led by Janel Lang, CBE director of placement and recruiting, will coordinate with the WSU Career Services office to optimize actual interview and job opportunities on campus.
“The new center will be a physical testament to the leadership Scott and Linda Carson and their children have shown the university and the impact they have had on our students,” Jessup said. Scott Carson chairs the CBE’s new National Board of Advisors and the WSU Foundation’s Corporate and Foundation Relations Committee. He is a member of the WSU Foundation Board of Governors, the WSU Foundation Board of Trustees and the
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“Scott and Linda have always been first about students, advocating and insisting on applied learning opportunities that will make each student more marketable, give each the skills to add greater value to future organizations, and ultimately position each to be more successful personally and professionally,” Jessup said. “The new professional development center will go far to help every student realize those benefits from their education and experiences at WSU.”
Jessup and the CBE have been charged by President Rawlins and Provost Bates with leading the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Initiative on campus. It is aimed at infusing the benefits of entrepreneurial thinking and actions into all 245 fields of study on campus. Students throughout the university who participate in initiative will be able to use the new center.