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Tue, January 20, 2015

Making the right connections

From my perspective, one of the most exciting things to witness is the connection between employers and our students. It’s when all those hours in a classroom — and outside it — pay off. It’s when a company is able to fill a crucial position with a capable, educated worker. It’s when a student is able to share her or his talent to begin making a difference.

As part of the strategic planning process, we have identified six key customer groups, including employers. In this month’s newsletter, I’ll share a few stories that illustrate our focus on this key group.

Are you experienced?

There are many ways we gather feedback from employers, from periodic surveys to looking at trends in hiring. No matter if you’re speaking with alumni or corporate recruiters, you’re likely to hear something similar: Missouri S&T students undergo extensive, hands-on learning and are therefore more prepared than graduates from other schools.

In developing our strategic plan, in fact, employers said this attribute is so important that they would like the university to build experiential learning into our core curriculum. We listened. All undergraduates soon will be required to successfully engage in a qualifying experiential learning opportunity, such as participating on a design team or improving water systems as part of a humanitarian trip with Engineers Without Borders. It’s one way we are ensuring that all Missouri S&T graduates are prepared to make immediate contributions in the workplace.

Career fair keeps growing

We’re just one month away from the Spring Career Fair, which is once again looking like it will be among our largest recruiting events on record.

More than 150 employers have already registered to visit with Missouri S&T students during our spring career fair on Tuesday, Feb. 17. This is up 26 percent from this time last year! These employers are recruiting students in all disciplines across campus, from those in computer science and business to biology and civil engineering majors.

In addition to our popular career fairs, career opportunities and employer relations continues to create professional development opportunities for students throughout the year, such as our lunch and learn series featuring employer guest speakers.

Online programs lauded

Another key way we build relationships with employers is through our distance and online learning opportunities. Many of our corporate partners rely on us to help their employees expand their expertise through quality online programs that provide a recognized return on investment.

Earlier this month, our online master’s programs were once again recognized for their excellence by U.S. News and World Report. Fifteen master’s programs were recognized in engineering, computer information technology and business. Details about this recognition can be found here.

Your feedback counts

Although I’m confident Missouri S&T is moving in the right direction as outlined in our strategic plan, I continue to rely on the university’s many stakeholders for feedback on what we’re doing right and where we can improve. Please know that I am always interested in the feedback of corporate recruiters and the entire Missouri S&T community. Please feel free to contact me with your thoughts at

My very best wishes to Miner Nation as we begin 2015. I wish all of you peace, prosperity and the job of your dreams.
Warmest regards,

Cheryl B. Schrader, Ph.D.
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