Coles College focuses on student success after graduation

MBNA Corp. and the Coles College of Business have created a unique partnership that not only benefits graduates but also provides the business community with a qualified applicant pool.

Georgia (Nov 29, 2005) — MBNA Corp. and the Coles College of Business have created a unique partnership that not only benefits graduates but also provides the business community with a qualified applicant pool.

The MBNA Career Services Resource Lab‚ located in the Burruss Building‚ will offer resume development‚ interview preparation and career screening‚ according to Dr. Tim Mescon‚ dean of the Coles College of Business.

“This is really a team effort‚” he said. “We’re excited about the nature and depth of this partnership.”

MBNA‚ an international financial services company with regional headquarters in Kennesaw‚ donated $200‚000 to the center and is providing staff for five years. Plans began in December 2004 and the facility was constructed by MBNA to reflect a corporate‚ professional environment.

“Coles College of Business has produced some very good job candidates‚ and we’re happy to be able to develop a greater partnership with them‚” said Angela Foster‚ MBNA’s vice president of human resources. She also serves on the Coles College advisory board.

The lab‚ which will be open 60 hours a week‚ welcomes all undergraduate and graduate students regardless of major.

Lisa Duke‚ development director for Coles College of Business‚ expects the lab to open next semester.

“It’s wonderful that MBNA is providing this free resource‚” Mescon said. “The lab will be a place where students can get down to the nuts and bolts of job hunting‚ including preparing and distributing their resumes. It’s a wonderful resource and we’re very grateful.”

According to Michael Durroh‚ MBNA senior executive vice president‚ partnering with the Coles College of Business was an easy decision.

“We looked at the great job performance of those we hired from KSU‚” Durroh said. “We hope more of KSU’s students will come to MBNA.”

The resource lab will work closely with the Career Services Center‚ which‚ until now‚ had been the only employment assistance center on campus.





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