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A New Tradition: "Catawba-to-Career"

Posted by Michael Bitzer

August 22, 2014

Category: Faculty Blogs

Dear campus community,


I hope your first few days of the new academic year has started well for you.  At Tuesday’s Opening Convocation, I spoke about the new traditions that Catawba will be starting this year.  One of the major new traditions that we are instituting has a direct connection to the first sentence of the college’s mission statement: to “provide an education rich in personal attention,” and that “blends … liberal studies with career preparation.”


Over the past year, the Catawba community has reflected on how we can strengthen our educational tradition to our students, through what is known as a quality enhancement plan, or QEP.  During the summer, a committee of faculty, staff, students, and trustees has worked to develop a QEP that we think will be a new tradition to a Catawba education.


In helping to carry out our mission of blending liberal studies with career preparation, this committee has proposed a QEP entitled “Catawba To Career,” or C2C.  In this proposal, C2C will focus on developing career awareness for our students, by helping with the information needed to make informed decisions about how their talents and values align with specific career paths.


Starting with this year’s entering class and beginning next year, when they are sophomores, the C2C will help students recognize their strengths, weaknesses and experiences in thinking about a future career.  C2C will also help our studentsto identify the skills you need to develop now in support of your future career choices.


Now, we invite and welcome your thoughts on how to strengthen this new initiative for Catawba.  A series of town-hall meetings will be held for students, staff and faculty to share reaction and feedback, along with meetings with specific groups.


The first town-hall meeting will be this Tuesday, August 26th beginning at 11 AM and held in Tom Smith Auditorium.  We invite all students, staff, and faculty to join us for a brief presentation by the co-chairs of the QEP Committee, Drs. Rhonda Truitt and Buster Smith, and then invite questions and comments. 


We want you to think about this proposal and how we can best prepare our students, staff, and faculty to realize the college’s mission.  We hope you can join us this Tuesday at 11 AM in Tom Smith Auditorium for the first in a series of important campus conversations.

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