Career Services Advisory Board Hosts Fall Meeting

Gordon State College’s Business Advisory Board met virtually Tuesday with community partners to collaborate on ideas to enhance the work to further develop internship and career opportunities for students. President Kirk A. Nooks provided an update on the college’s COVID-19 Task Force and stressed The Healthy Highlander Way as well as a recap of the past and current semesters. Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs C. Jeffery Knighton provided the college’s mid-term update, retention efforts and explained The Highlander EDGE. The Highlander EDGE are noted qualities that set Gordon graduates apart: Engaged Innovators, Dedicated Scholars, Gifted Communicators and Ethical Leaders. Dr. Tonya Moore, Director of Career Services provided updates on renovations, rankings, and GSC’s recent record endowment.

During the meeting, the group discussed the need to create intentional relationships that will develop our internship pipeline within our 14 County Service Region.  Guest speaker, Education Coordinator at the Tubman Museum in Macon Jacquez Harris shared how students in the fine arts and business programs can take advantage of internship opportunities within the arts industry. Sekema Harris-Harmon, Assistant Division Director-Field Operations for Georgia Department of Human Services, was named the chair and Shwander Newton, HR Generalist for United Bank, was named co-chair.  

Members in attendance included: April Asher, Human Resource Manager, Berry Global;  Katy Castanien, CEO Griffin College and Career Academy;  Megan Dean, Director of Operations, Fayette Chamber; Harris-Harmon; Trennis Dumas, State Farm Thomaston; Rhee Ivy, Vice-President of Human Resources, Central Georgia EMC; Newton; Torey Oglesby, VMO/Beeline Admin Pinnacle Group, Mercedes Benz; Sharon Ponder, Vice President of Finance, Bennett International Group; Patti Temple, Executive Director, Crawford County Chamber; Dr. Cassandra Miller-Washington, Executive Director, Hutchings College and Career Academy, Macon; Tameshia Weaver, Owner, LT Marketing; Curtis Weaver, Butts Co./Lamar Co. Zaxby’s Restaurants. Gordon State College colleagues included Nooks; Knighton; Montrese Adger-Fuller, Vice President of Advancement External Relations and Marketing; Dr. Ric Calhoun, Assistant Vice President of Innovation Education and Strategic Initiatives; Kelly Carter, Lecturer, Computer Science and Engineering plus Moore.