Meagan is looking forward to getting involved at #FloridaACE18

Meagan Jones – Assistant Director of Career Planning – Saint Leo University Meagan Jones

“I was very excited to attend the FloridaACE conference as a first time attendee. I had the opportunity to meet and connect with numerous employers, vendors and professionals in the field. FloridaACE members welcomed first time attendees with open arms which allowed for an exchange of wonderful pleasantries, and as a result long lasting personal and professional friendships were established! In the future, I am looking forward to attending FloridaACE next year as well as getting involved in several committees!”

Christine Richard has this to say about her first time at #FloridaACE17

Christine Richard – MST Internship Coordinator – Indian River State College

Christine Richard

As a first time attendee at #FloridaACE17, I appreciated the opportunity to network at such a beautiful and relaxing resort!   The roundtables and workshops were a great way to hear about current trends and to network with peers.   The presenters were professional and provided valuable information and great ideas on their topics.  I especially appreciated the discussions on resumes and internships.   I came away refreshed and ready to implement new initiatives that will benefit our students!

Looking forward to #FloridaACE18!

1st Timer’s Take on #FloridaACE17

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Devyn Montalvo, MSW  – Director of Career Services & Community Outreach – Webber International University 

“As a first time attendee of Florida ACE, I was very pleased with the event and cannot wait to return next year. I chose to commute instead of staying at the hotel, and I can confidently say it was worth the almost three hours of driving each day. I would do it again in a heartbeat!”

Message from the President

It’s hard to believe that my term as your President will be over in a week. It’s been a year full of both challenges and triumphs and as an association we are continuing to ride the wave of momentum that was built after our formal name change in 2014 from FCPA to FloridaACE. It’s an exciting time to be part of this incredible organization and I wouldn’t trade my experience on the FloridaACE Board for anything.

If you are attending the FloridaACE Annual Conference next week, the conference planning committees have been working hard to ensure that your experience is absolutely amazing! You can take a look at the online version of our Conference Program on the website, along with a Schedule-at-a-Glance. I also recommend downloading the FloridaACE Conference Plus app, provided this year courtesy of Career Fair Plus. You can find it on the App and Play stores.

If you have not registered for the conference yet, there is still a limited amount of time. You can either register for the full conference, Thursday only, or buy tickets to attend the FloridaACE Enterprise Closing Banquet & After Party. You can also follow along with us from home through the app and by following the #FloridaACE17 hashtag on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Since our first Drive-In Conference was such a success, we will be doing it again this year. The 2017 Drive-In Conference will be held on November 3rd in the Florida State University Career Center. More details to come in the weeks and months ahead.

The Board accomplished many great things over the past year and met all of the goals we set out to achieve. The most exciting of these is that we were able to increase employer membership by 80%. Welcome to the new companies that are now part of the FloridaACE family: ADP, AFLAC, American Traveler, Ellucian, Ernst & Young, Fastenal, Florida Hospital, PwC, and WellCare Health Plans! We are also grateful to our longtime employer members and I would be remiss if I didn’t give a huge shout out to our top-tier conference sponsor, Enterprise Holdings.

As I transition into the role of Past President, I want to thank our board members who are rolling off the board for their service and dedication to FloridaACE: Adam DeRosa, Robin Kazmarek, Rob Liddell, Carla Toles McKinney, and Kim Franklin. We also have some members who went above and beyond this year in big ways, including Tara Stevenson, Stacy Lanigan, Stacy Ballinger, Matina Wagner, Bill Blank, and Megan Hollis.

It has been a sincere honor to serve as this year’s FloridaACE President. I am confident that you will love the energy of the 2017-18 Board and you can expect great things to come in the year ahead. I hope you will engage with us and help us keep the momentum going into the future by volunteering to serve on committees, presenting at professional development events, and contributing to the blog with your best practices.

I hope to see you next week at Saddlebrook Resort & Spa! If you have any questions about the conference, please reach out to me or our Vice President and Conference Chair, Rob Liddell.

Most sincerely,

Alicia Smyth
2016-17 President
Florida Association of Colleges & Employers
President@Florida-ACE.org

 

 

FloridaACE Annual Conference Closing Session Announcement

The FloridaACE Annual Conference Planning Committee is also pleased to announce our closing/concluding session experience.

I know when you refer to something as an “experience”, you are either unsure of how to categorize it or you are comfortable with the expectations that follow the term. In this case, it is the second.

Competency development is a hot topic in national circles, and for good reason – it equips students for success after graduation.  In order to integrate competencies into curricular and co-curricular activities, schools need employer input into competency identification, campus-wide buy-in, a comprehensive plan, and a multi-year commitment to infuse competencies into student learning.

To equip our membership, the Professional Development Committee has developed Building Bridges for Student Success: University-wide Competency Development and sourced several key architects of this movement to facilitate a memorable learning session.

Neil and Tim will be joined by colleagues to provide an overview of the Clemson University and the University of Tampa journey toward competency development and focus on a few universal pillars discovered along the way.

Clemson University is a science- and engineering-oriented college serving more than 17,000 students in upstate South Carolina. Students choose from more than 80 majors, 75 minors, and more than 110 graduate degree programs. Clemson brags on their 2 Rhodes Scholar Finalists, 11 NSF Graduate Research Fellows, 4 Fulbright Scholars, and a 91% freshman retention rate. The Tigers are celebrating their 2016 College Football National Championship-returning to Tampa where they won the hardware.

The University of Tampa is a comprehensive private college serving more than 8,000 students in downtown Tampa. Recognizing the substantial, innovative progress towards comprehensive internationalization, UT was awarded the 2016 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. The Spartans can claim 15 NCAA Division II National Championships in five sports and 59 Sunshine State Conference titles.

This interactive session will allow schools to draft institution-specific plans, and encourage employers to identify and share beneficial shifts in curricula and practices.

All participants will leave with tools, plans, and ideas that are specifically applicable to their organizations and institutions.

Not registered for #FloridaACE17 yet??  Complete your registration today!

FloridaACE Annual Conference Opening Session Announcement

The FloridaACE Annual Conference Planning Committee is pleased to announce our opening session panel.

In recent years we have heard a consistent message from our membership and Conference participants: “We’d benefit from more interaction with employers.”

To respond to this feedback, the Professional Development Committee has developed a panel presentation entitled Bridges to Employment: Leveraging Competencies in Recruitment and Retention.

 

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During the opening session, our panelists will describe several of the strategies and practices used to:

  • Cultivate relationships with talent,
  • Orient applicants through their recruitment funnel,
  • Determine likelihood of candidate success, and
  • Offer feedback to their career services colleagues on student preparedness.

Recruiting, like other processes, gives off a lot of data. Our panelists will share ways in which they are designing “organic” systems capable of learning and adaptation over time.

Lastly, we’ll put our panelists under the bright lights and ask them about what works for them in terms of recruiting college students and what career centers might consider revising to strengthen the partnership.

Our Conference Chair and Vice President, Rob Liddell, will be moderating this panel. If you have a specific question or topic you would like considered/included, please e-mail him at Robert-Liddell@utc.edu

Be sure to join us in Pegasus South at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14th for this insightful presentation.

Not registered for #FloridaACE17 yet?  Complete your registration today!

Annual Conference Update: Logo Reveal

2017 logo

I am excited to share the 2017 Annual Conference Logo with you and offer a few words sharing what it has become to mean to me.

The Webster’s New World College Dictionary offers several meanings for the term bridge. Conventionally, a bridge is a structure built over a river, railroad, highway, etc. to provide a way across for vehicles or pedestrians. Having the good fortune of living most of my life in Tampa and, here recently, moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee, bridges have been a constant.

sunshine skyway

Sunshine Skyway Bridge

downtown tampa

Downtown Tampa

looking into chattanooga

Looking into Downtown Chattanooga from the North Shore

A second meaning offered is more active—here, a bridge is a thing that provides connection, contact, or transition. The dictionary contextualizes this second meaning with the following illustrative statement: a common language is a bridge between cultures.

Those of us fortunate to work in recruiting/campus relations or in career services recognize the important role we play in our organizations. In addition to serving in external-facing roles for our employers, we also have unique knowledge of navigating important processes and resources within. This unique knowledge is often our ability to guide others around common obstacles (thus, the conventional meaning of bridge).

The programming committee, under the leadership of Kim Franklin, has selected a very strong set of breakout sessions and roundtable discussions serving as a Bridge to Career Success. I believe that you’ll be challenged to consider new approaches in connecting students with employers through sustained engagement with the Career Center and other campus/community-based partners. I am also confident that you’ll be able to meet & discuss emerging trends with our vendor contacts. Thirdly, the Florida ACE Board wants to create opportunities for its members to transition to progressive levels of responsibility and impact by offering a generous amount of networking time with senior leaders in the field.

Lastly, I hope that you’ll do a few things—think of these as an investment if you will.

  1. Register for the Conference – I look forward to the Florida ACE Conference every year because of the very high quality of the information and interaction offered there. National and Regional Conferences are rewarding as well, but the scope, scale and pace of this Conference are three reasons I keep coming back. We recognize that there are competing pressures for financial and developmental resources—we appreciate your consideration!
  2. Prepare for the Conference – After registering for the Conference, many of us will look after our travel accommodations and set up your out of office message for June 14-16. Spend some time thinking through the areas that you might help others (strengths) and areas that you’d like to develop more skill. You might even consider talking with your supervisor, colleagues, and direct reports about what you or your organization might need going forward.
  3. Advocate for the Conference – Simple steps like promoting the Conference Logo and URL on your organization’s website or within your e-mail signature will increase the visibility and impact of this Association and event. Lending your influence in digital spaces is also valuable…look for #FloridaACE17 on your preferred socials and add to the conversation.
  4. Volunteer for the Conference – After you’ve completed the three previous steps, don’t stop there. Intentionally look to get involved at the Conference. We have a need for room hosts and door prizes. We also have flexibility—pitch me your idea and I will work to get you connected to an opportunity.

Again, I am excited to be a member of this Association and look forward to welcoming each of you to Tampa this June!

Rob Liddell
Vice President & Conference Chair
Florida Association of Colleges and Employers