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CMU President Tim Foster and GJ Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Diane Schwenke along with other community members cut the ribbon to the new Career Services office location
At the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Career Services office location, CMU announced it has reinvigorated its student internship and job placement services.


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CMU announces two reenergized programs to help match students and employers for internships, careers

Colorado Mesa University announced today that it has reinvigorated its student internship and job placement services and formalized the efforts by its Alumni Relations office to match alumni with alumni for career opportunities, networking and mentoring.

The announcement came as part of a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce at the new home for CMU’s Career Services office. The career services office is on the first floor of the University Center in a newly refurbished space.

CMU President Tim Foster said that one of the most important functions the Career Services offers is to match CMU students with internships and graduating students with career opportunities.

“To that end, we are going to implement a new, user-friendly platform to allow businesses to easily post internships and job openings and our students to easily connect with prospective employers,” Foster said. “Our new CMU Job Link program will be powered by Handshake, a national platform and job-search software used by more than 400 colleges and universities and more than 20,000 employers. We plan to have it operational in October.”

Foster also announced the formalization of CMU’s efforts to support alumni hiring and mentoring alumni with a new program through CMU’s alumni office called AMP, the Alumni Mentor Program.

One of the messages CMU has heard from both students and employers is that it needed to make it easier for students and alumni to connect with prospective employers, Foster said. He added that it was one of several suggestions from CMU20000, a chamber-led effort to increase CMU’s enrollment to 15,000 students and add 5,000 community members as CMU supporters and volunteers.

“As a student, having an internship reinforced what I was learning in the classroom and allowed me to utilize the skills I obtained in the Political Science major, in a practical, real world setting,” said Darcy Weir, a recent CMU graduate and the chamber’s Workforce Development Coordinator and director of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. “Ultimately, my internship resulted in a full-time job with the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce after I graduated and has been, without a doubt, one of the most amazing opportunities that I have ever had.”

Jenna Noem, also a CMU alumna, is the founder and executive director at Nuclear Care Partners. She said hiring her fellow alumni is working well.

“Nuclear Care Partners has benefited greatly from our relationships with CMU alumni,” Noem said. “We currently have 17 CMU alumni in our corporate office, all of which are incredible, high-caliber employees. We would encourage other organizations to partner with CMU and their alumni to not only benefit your business, but keep the best and brightest graduates here in the Grand Valley.”

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