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Lafayette's Ivy Tech rolls out career development program

Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette is working to provide students with career coaches that will help them make employer connections.

Posted: Sep 21, 2021 4:28 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—Ivy Tech Community College in Lafayette is working to provide students with career coaches that will help them make employer connections. The program will provide students the opportunity to create a career development portfolio. The goal is to showcase why an employer should hire them.

"Whether or not they are coming here for academic credit we want to make sure employers in this community get the employees they need with the skills they need," said Aaron Baute. 

Aaron Baute is Chancellor for Ivy Tech's Lafayette location. He said the program will also provide an opportunity to build relationships with employers and gain direct experience in careers that interest the student.

"We have to customized very specific training that's employers' specific in some cases," said Baute. "There's a limited workforce, we know everybody needs people so they need people skilled up quick and they need them to be really productive in order to meet their business level needs."

For nursing student Precious Okwong she said this program will be a part of reaching her career goals.

"I joined today because I look into the future of nursing and I believe they are going to help me out," said Okwong. "The same way I feel it's going to help is going to help other students."

Okwong said the program is even for students who aren't so sure what the next steps are.

"Career coaching is about trying to empower students and help them in their career paths for people who are a bit confused it can help you out," said Okwong. 

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