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02-10-2004

Clarkson Career Center Receives Prestigious General Electric Partnership Award

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The Clarkson University Career Center was recently recognized by General Electric (GE) with the prestigious GE Partnership Award for creating an outstanding corporate relationship between Clarkson University and GE.

Kathryn B. Johnson, executive director of the Career Center, accepted the GE Partnership Award at a ceremony at GE Corporate Headquarters in Fairfield, Conn.Peter Brown, Kathryn B. Johnson, David C. DiMaggio '70

"It is indeed an honor for the Career Center to receive this very prestigious award from GE,” said Johnson. “We value highly the long-standing relationship we have had with GE, and the positive impact this relationship has had on our students, faculty and administration over the years."

The award was presented by Peter Bowen, program manager of GE’s Executive Schools and was attended by David C. DiMaggio ‘70, the GE Campus Recruiting Leader for Clarkson University.

“The Clarkson Career Center has done an outstanding job over many years in being receptive to new ideas, helping to promote GE, being willing to facilitate connections for us, and, most importantly, being a good and caring partner,” said Bowen.

Clarkson is one of 37 elite executive schools recognized by GE as top developers of talent and company placement.  Each year, GE’s recruiting and staffing services evaluates the schools based on the corporation’s overall relationship to each university, number of hires, and the relationship with the faculty, administration and students.

“The relationship between a university and employer is multifaceted with critical balance placed on students, faculty and administration,” explained GE Campus Recruiting Leader David DiMaggio. “Since the student is the ‘centerpiece’ of the university, employers need to position themselves with the administration and faculty while developing the relationship with the student body. Simply stated, if the role of the employer is ‘to hire’ and the role of the faculty is ‘to educate,’ then it seems logical that the role of the administration is ‘to prepare.’ ”

The Clarkson Career Center serves as the University’s most important link between student and employer. As early as the first year, the Career Center staff helps students identify a career path, prepare a resume, learn interviewing techniques, and search for jobs and internships. The state-of-the-art center also schedules on-campus job interviews and videoconferences with prospective employers. Dozens of top-notch companies set up booths on campus for career fairs, which are held in the fall and spring. Clarkson students also have exclusive access to the Alumni Career Assistance Program, which includes hundreds of alumni who are eager to help new graduates find jobs.

Clarkson’s strong relationship with GE extends beyond the Career Center and graduation job placement. GE has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars to support Clarkson programs that include SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design), Project Lead the Way, the GE Women’s Leadership Program and other student centered leadership development opportunities.

PHOTO CAPTION: Clarkson University Career Center Executive Director Kathryn B. Johnson (center) accepts the GE Partnership Award from Peter Bowen (left), Program Manager of GE’s Executive Schools and David C. DiMaggio ‘70 (right), the GE Campus Recruiting Leader for Clarkson University. The prestigious award was given to the Career Center in recognition of the outstanding corporate relationship between Clarkson University and GE at a ceremony at GE Corporate Headquarters in Fairfield, Conn.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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