According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers identified these skill sets as the top skills they seek in future employees - teamwork, leadership, communication (written and oral), work ethic and analytical skills. The purpose of this program is to assist students in the development of skill sets they will need to accomplish their professional and personal development goals. Students interested in participating in our Experiential Learning Program will find this program valuable when applying for internship and/or cooperative education opportunities.
Students will be exposed to opportunities to participate in programs that will help to prepare them to be successful in their chosen career fields. These programs provide leadership, career, and professional development training. One organization which provides such training opportunities to our students is the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
Thurgood Marshall College Fund
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) mission is to partner with their 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities member-schools to increase access, retention and graduation rates of students; to identify and prepare students attending member-schools who have significant leadership potential and to create a pipeline for employers to highly qualified member-school students and alumni. It accomplishes its mission by providing its member school students with scholarships, leadership, and career and professional development training.
Leadership Institute (LI)
This TMCF sponsored conference provides their member school students the opportunity to receive leadership and career development training through intensive workshops and networking opportunities with employers from the private, non-profit and government sectors. The LI culminates with an impressive career fair. Liaisons from TMCF work closely with the CDC’s Program Coordinator (who also serves as TMCF’S Campus Coordinator) to facilitate their campus visit. Students undergo a very competitive process to be selected to attend this conference.
The first step in the process includes meeting the general eligibility requirements set forth by TMCF and to submit specified documents to the Program Coordinator. The second step in the process involves interviewing with the TMCF Talent Acquisition Team. The Program Coordinator notifies those students selected to interview with the TMCF Talent Acquisition Team in order to be considered to attend the conference. Only students who submitted all pertinent documents to the Program Coordinator and to TMCF as directed by the Program Coordinator will be interviewed.
The TMCF Talent Acquisition Team will base their selection on your interview with them. You will be evaluated on your ability to effectively articulate to them your workplace competency skills (problem solving, organization and scheduling, working with tools and technology, following directions, teamwork, business fundamentals) and personal effectiveness (self awareness, interpersonal skills, dependability and reliability, professionalism, presentation skills, active listening skills). The TMCF Talent Acquisition Team will notify the Program Coordinator of their selection of students to represent the university at the conference. Click here to learn about the eligibility requirements, documentation to submit and the deadline to submit your information to the Program Coordinator
Teacher Quality and Retention Program (TQRP)This TMCF program provides intensive training for students interested in pursuing a career in the field of education. This program provides opportunities for education and STEM majors to work with master teachers in one-week and two-week summer institutes to prepare them to be National Board Certified Teachers and to effectively instruct in urban and rural communities nationwide. Click on this link http://www.thurgoodmarshallfund.net/programs/about-programs to learn more about this program and the eligibility requirements.