Cleveland State University has launched an innovative new program that allows area businesses and organizations to sponsor individual college students who enter their internships and then potentially transition into permanent careers after graduation.
The program, New Pathway, is designed to better link higher education with professional development by engaging area employers into the educational process and career transition. CSU students can fund tuition by working and learning with their sponsor organizations, said CSU President Ronald Berkman.
"This not only helps students pay for school and ease the transition into their careers, but it also helps area employers identify and cultivate the best up-and-coming talent," he said. "CSU is working with a number of corporations to develop mutually beneficial arrangements."
The program's launch is being led by newly appointed executive-in-residence, Dennis Lafferty, who had been with the Cleveland office of Jones Day as executive assistant to the managing partner and office administrator. Prior to that, he served for 14 years as vice president for government and community affairs for the Greater Cleveland Growth Association.
"I have a great deal of respect for Dennis, and I know that he will make this a program one worth modeling nationwide," Berkman said.
New Pathway is part of CSU's brand promise of Engaged Learning, which encourages a more hands-on approach toward education and career development. Last year, CSU opened a K-12 school to provide education majors with an on-campus teacher training facility. Next year, CSU's Theater and Dance Departments will share facilities with The Cleveland Play House and collaborate with one of the nation's most prestigious theater companies.
Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for engaged learning. With an enrollment of more than 17,000 students, eight colleges and approximately 200 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2011 as one of America's Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.
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