McDonald launching alumni mentor network
Alumni can expect to hear from Trine′s new employer outreach coordinator, David McDonald, as he implements a new alumni mentor network for the Office of Career Services.
McDonald′s job is part of a $375,000 Lilly Endowment grant to expand relationships and implement new strategies to engage Trine University students in experiential learning assignments which lead to employment in Indiana.
In this new capacity, McDonald will contact alumni to offer them the opportunity to help Trine students by answering their questions about degrees and jobs and providing them with job shadowing opportunities to give them an up–close view of the professions they are considering.
Alumni established in their fields can share their expertise with students from their own university. The shared college history will provide the close connection desired in a student–mentor relationship.
In addition to developing the alumni mentor network, McDonald will plan field trips and create opportunities and matches for interns and co–op students. Work study will be a series of experiential learning pieces, with each student completing a series to build work readiness and prepare him or her for co–ops and internships. The Office of Career Services Web site, TrineCareers.org, will expand to list training sessions and operate as a resource center for literature and other tools.