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Connecting with Students in Iowa's Creative Corridor
posted: Wednesday, November 07, 2012  Post Comment

The Higher Education Connection, Iowa City Area Development Group, and the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance welcomes all Creative Corridor organizations to a special networking event with the region’s top student talent on Thursday, November 13 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm at the Hotel at Kirkwood Atrium. Upwards of 100 students from seven area colleges and universities will participate in the “Mocktail Reception” to network with employers looking to hire in the near to immediate future.

Networking is a vital process of the career search, and the event will help college seniors throughout the Creative Corridor practice their networking skills as well as learn about the exciting opportunities available throughout the region. In advance of the event, many of the Higher Education Connection members will be working with students on etiquette, conversation topics, appearance, and networking dos and don’ts, including simple things like the importance of exchanging business cards.

As part of ongoing workforce development strategies, the Iowa City Area Development Group and the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance partner with the Higher Education Connection to provide perspective from the local human resources community. The partnership between the economic development organizations and with the colleges and universities is an opportunity to keep educated youth here in the Creative Corridor. Employers will appreciate the direct connection with career centers and hearing firsthand from college students and potential applicants by participating in the networking event.

The Higher Education Connection is comprised of colleges, universities, and education centers including Coe College, Cornell College, Kirkwood Community College, Mt. Mercy University, University of Iowa, Kaplan University, and ITT Technical Institute. The organization hosts events throughout the year to connect employers, students and the community. Event topics have ranged from internships and career placement tips to hiring international students and brain drain.

RSVPs preferred by Friday, November 9 via email to RJ Holmes-Leopold, Chair of the Higher Education Connection and Director of the Career Engagement Center at Cornell College, .

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