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New Program Aims to Help Wyoming Catholic College Students in Future Careers

A new Career Development Program at Wyoming Catholic College will offer students “practical tools to help them better prepare for and discern those fields” in which they will succeed after graduation, according to the College’s vice president of external affairs and director of the new program, Jonathan Tonkowich.

The College has released a new section of its website to promote the program which features success stories of graduates in the workplace and highlights arguments that show the value and strength of the liberal arts.  The College plans to have job and internship opportunities listed on the website.  The College reports:

Wyoming Catholic has been working with Charles Carter, a member of the College's Board of Directors, in creating The Job Search Roadmap and Toolbox © system. Carter is a Harvard Business School graduate and is currently the CEO of Cyrious Software. "Wyoming Catholic College provides young adults with a truly extraordinary experience," Carter says. "As a result, a WCC graduate has something uncommon and highly sought after to offer employers. The companies I have worked with (and many other employers I know) expect to teach employees functional, technical and management skills, but it's not realistic for us to try to teach character, integrity, the ability to think and conceptualize, work ethic, commitment, etc. We hire those, and they're becoming increasingly hard to find. WCC students have these in spades."

Dr. Kevin Roberts, WCC's president, is equally outspoken regarding the value of Wyoming Catholic College’s liberal arts program when it comes to students and their careers. “The impact of liberal education in forming the whole person is understood well by employers," he said. "Increasingly, business owners are looking explicitly for liberal arts graduates. Even for those employers who do not understand that foundation fully, they appreciate the result: joyful, engaging people who can think deeply, commit themselves wholesale to the mission of a company or organization, and excel at adapting to changing work environments. When understood in this light, the reality of why liberal arts graduates do well in the modern economy is clear. Perhaps that is why one-third of Fortune 500 executives are graduates of liberal arts programs.”

Wyoming Catholic College is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.

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