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.

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FloridaACE Annual Conference Opening Session Announcement

 

The Florida ACE 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.

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UWF sees positive results with the “College Liaison Model”

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Jennifer Hill M.P.A. M.Ed., University of West Florida

Career Services at the University of West Florida has utilized its College Liaison Model in a unique way this year.  Each Liaison has planned and executed a “Career Road Trip” to a local employer related to the majors in their college. These trips take approximately 25 students to a local employer and consist of a behind-the-scenes tour, talks on what a typical day looks like, career advice for students, and conclude with a networking session.
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The students sign-up to attend the free event and complete an online learning module that includes developing a One-Minute Commercial to assist them with networking at the event. Students are provided lunch by either Career Services or the Employer and provided transportation to the event by Career Services.

All UWF students/alumni are invited to attend the event, however seats are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.  A waitlist is also available when the available seats are filled and empty seats are offered to those on the waitlist through the morning of the event itself (in the case of no-shows).

Locations included:

  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car (College of Business)
  • Pensacola Blue Wahoos Stadium (College of Education and Professional Studies)
  • Navy Federal Credit Union (Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering)
  • Andrew’s Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine (Usha Kundu, MD College of Health)
  • Pensacola Museum of Art (College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities)

At the conclusion of each trip, the employers and students are asked to complete a follow-up survey seeking feedback related to their experience.

The students are also asked about their confidence levels in their ability to effectively communicate with a potential employer prior to the event and then again at the conclusion of the event.

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In addition, 100% of students indicated they would recommend the Career Road Trips to other students and had the following to say about their experiences:

“The PMA road trip was a very eye opening experience. By seeing the behind the scenes of the museum, I learned that it takes an extensive collaborative effort to keep the institution afloat. This trip showed me that I would enjoy working in a museum type atmosphere. The networking opportunities were a tremendous help as well, it allowed me to gain valuable volunteer and internship experience to add to my resume.”-Pensacola Museum of Art Career Road Trip Attendee

“The Career Road Trip to the PMA provided me the opportunity to get an in depth, behind the scenes look at gallery studies and what it’s like to work in an art gallery. Although I am studying to be a practicing artist rather than an art historian, this opportunity opened my eyes to what a career in this particular field entails and gave me the opportunity to build relationships with influential community figures and potential mentors.”- Pensacola Museum of Art Career Road Trip Attendee

Employers also had very positive things to say about their experiences with the Road Trips:

“We feel that the road trip was a positive experience for both the students and the staff. The students were professional and motivated. We look forward to having those students take an active role in the museum and our relationship with future career service road trips.” –Pensacola Museum of Art

“Working to coordinate this event with Tim was seamless, and our employees were eager and willing to take time out of their day to speak with UWF undergraduate students. Our employees had great feedback from being involved with the event and are looking forward to the next opportunity.” –Andrew’s Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

For more information on the Career Road Trips or our College Liaison Model, please feel free to contact me at jhill2@uwf.edu 

 

Annual Conference Update: Logo Reveal

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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.

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Sunshine Skyway Bridge                                       Downtown Tampa

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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

2016 New Member Award – Kelvin Rutledge

Megan Hollis, Senior Assistant Director, Experiential Learning – FSU

Kelvin has been an active member of FloridaACE since he joined in 2014. After graduating with his Master’s degree in Higher Education and starting as a professional Kelvinstaff member at Florida State University, he jumped in ready to contribute by presenting at the annual conference in 2015 and 2016. He also stepped up to chair the Evaluations Committee for two years in a row, using his extensive skill and passion for research and evaluation.

In his role at Florida State University, Kelvin coordinates our Mock Interview Program, offering 500+ face-to-face, phone, skype, and panel interviews to undergraduate and graduate students each semester, and trains and supervises 10+ Mock Interview Mentors to make this happen. He is also pursuing his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration.

Kelvin is passionate about career services and creating dialogue among peers to further advance the field and bring people together. These characteristics and actions are what we hope for in new members, and give us confidence for the future of our profession!

Kelvin joins the ranks of our past New Members of the Year, including Stacy Lanigan (2015), Tara Stevenson (2014), Valerie Kielmovitch (2013), and John Sheehy (2012).

Lights. Camera. Destination Miami

Lights. Camera. Destination Miami. The 2016 Florida ACE Annual Conference provided a space to re-frameflorida ace picture-page-001 and examine current career service practices and enrich the future through conference programming. The conference evaluation is designed to give attendees the opportunity to provide insight and feedback to their experience in addition to provide suggestions to improve the 2016 annual conference. Thus, the purpose of the following report is to illustrate the survey results for the conference and to be utilized as an objective marker to help plan, enhance, and maximize future conference experiences.

The conference evaluation survey consisted of 18 questions where participants were given the opportunity to rate the overall conference, programming, and events, and provide feedback on what they found to be most and least useful and/or effective. A rating scale of Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor, and N/A were used in conjunction with open-ended questions for comments and suggestions. The survey received 58 total responses yielding a 48% response rate. Overall, over 86% of conference attendees who participated in the survey described the conference as “very good” or “excellent.”  Additionally, the publicity and promotions, conference programming, and conference location were well received by conference attendees.

Programming was viewed as a quality component of the conference experience. The opening and closing sessions framed the multi-faceted nature of the work well. Additionally, breakout sessions engaged and developed multiple conversations across institution types. The top rated breakout sessions were as follows: Educating Students about Professional Dress in a Gender Inclusive Manner (4.71/5.0); On Campus Brand: The Road to Success (4.64/5.0); and SITE – The Senior Insight and Transition Event – Aka: The Senior Career Conference (4.57/5.0). Roundtables, special events, meals, and receptions were well received by the general membership as well.

The Florida ACE Board of Directors and Conference Committee members is always willing to receive feedback for conference planning purposes. Should you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact any Board of Director.