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Student Elijah Kirkland-Boyce stands on the Kent State Ice Rink During his first year at Kent State University, Elijah Kirkland-Boyce realized that the road to the Dean’s List was a bumpy one, filled with twists and turns he never could have anticipated. Despite his best efforts, he received a D in a psychology course during his first semester. Instead of giving up, Mr. Kirkland-Boyce reached out. He started...

Kellie Miley standing among greenery and plants Kellie Miley is the first to admit, when she graduated from Rootstown High School in 2008, she was not ready for college. In high school, she barely cracked a book yet managed a 3.2 grade point average (GPA). Getting by with little effort changed when she started as a freshman at Kent State University. By the end of the year, Ms. Miley found...

Celeste Dawson credits Kent State’s EXCEL program for making the Kent Campus feel like a second home. Celeste Dawson had made up her mind. She was not going to attend college and that was her final decision.  Her story could have ended there, but the support of her parents and a program at Kent State University opened up a new chapter in her life – one filled with opportunities she never imagined. Ms. Dawson’s journey began shortly after high...

Jordan Wilkens stands in front of a background image of Kent State University When Jordan Wilkins was a senior in high school, he thought he knew what he wanted after graduation – a career in the United States Air Force. However, his principal envisioned a different path, one where he would soar sky-high, not in a plane but at a four-year university. “We talked about the different options,” Mr. Wilkins said. “He...

Kent State students take part in the Internship, Co-Op and Career Fair sponsored by Career Exploration and Development. Junior year was a stressful time for Kent State University student Megan Wandel, because after changing her major twice, she was still unhappy about her career path. Ms. Wandel began her journey at Kent State as a pre-fashion major, but after a year and a half, she realized that it was not right for her. Then she decided to change her major to...

Kent State students take part in the Internship, Co-Op and Career Fair sponsored by Career Exploration and Development. Kent State freshman Elena Neoh Ern Hui knew that she wanted to major in business, but it was not until she participated in the Flashternship program last spring that her career path became crystal clear. The Career Exploration and Development department arranged a Flashternship for Ms. Neoh Ern Hui at FedEx Custom Critical, and that is what guided...

Kent State University students interact with potential employers and practice skills they acquired through Career Exploration and Development in Kent State’s University College. 
Early and often. That is the new approach taken by Career Exploration and Development, in Kent State’s University College, in its outreach to freshmen and sophomores. It is important for university Career Exploration and Development to reach incoming students as early and often as possible to help them connect their interests and skills to...

Kent State University junior Stephanie Newton shops the Career Closet for a professional outfit for an upcoming job interview. Kent State University junior Stephanie Newton successfully juggles a tough schedule that includes taking classes in hospitality management, while raising four children and working several campus dining services jobs. It is no surprise that she does not have the resources to build the professional wardrobe needed to successfully interview for...

Kent State University junior Stephanie Newton shops the Career Closet for a professional outfit for an upcoming job interview. Four Kent State University employees have been named 2017 “30 for the Future” award recipients by the Greater Akron Chamber. Kent State’s Theron Brown, assistant professor of jazz piano in the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music; Cason Brunt, director of student support services and academic diversity outreach in University College; Michael...

Two students greet each other during the 44th annual New Student Reception and Cookout hosted by the Department of Pan-African Studies held behind Ritchie Hall. Welcome Weekend, Kent State University’s four-day new student orientation, will take place from Aug. 24-27. Students can select from approximately 50 different events from Thursday to Sunday. The weekend event helps students transition into the university community and learn about academic and social opportunities at Kent State. “Welcome...