Spelman College Announces a New Initiative to Prepare Students for the Workplace

Historically Black Spelman College in Atlanta announced a new, innovative partnership with Braven, a national nonprofit helping promising college students on a path to economic mobility, as part of its Spelman Pathways: Creating Your Path to Life and Career Excellence initiative.

The partnership will offer all Spelman sophomores a two-part career-accelerating experience. The Braven experience begins with a credit-bearing course that Spelmanites will take in their sophomore year. Fellows will complete weekly online modules on Braven’s online platform and then apply that content through weekly virtual Learning Labs in a cohort of 5-8 peers led by a Leadership Coach. Fellows will complete assignments to grow their leadership in five professional competencies: operating and managing, problem-solving, working in teams, networking and communicating, and self-driven leading.

After completing the coursework, Spelman students can take advantage of the Professional Mentor Program, which provides students a 12-week, one-on-one mentor in their desired field as they get closer to the time of the job search. They will also have access to Braven’s jobs blast with internship, research assistantship, and job opportunities, and professional development and networking events.

“The new partnership will provide access to career guidance that Spelman scholars will benefit from for years to come,” said Mary Schmidt Campbell, president of Spelman College. “Our goal is to provide students with the competitive edge they need to excel in any field. Through this exciting partnership with Braven our students will enter the job market equipped with the skills necessary to navigate a 21st-century workplace and thrive as leaders in a competitive marketplace.”

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  1. Why is this even “news”! Spelman College should have been providing this type of services for ALL” of its students for decades. It’s quite apparent that Spelman College has fallen short for thousands of Spelmanites. What really needs to occur is a total replacing of these “old Southern Black neoliberal and colonial like “Spelman upper echelon administrators immediately. I would venture too many of these “old guard” so-called Black administrators at most of these HBCUs conduct themselves as internal threats to HBCUs based upon their flawed decision making.

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