By Brian Sobotko '16

Connecticut College partners with Koru

Connecticut College announced last week they will expand students’ opportunities to transition into meaningful careers by partnering with Koru, a company focused on transforming the college-to-career landscape.

“The genius of Koru lies in the way it teaches students marketable skills in real-world situations, while also fostering the kind of collaborative learning environment that allows our students to thrive,” said Connecticut College President Katherine Bergeron. “It will complement and enhance the comprehensive career programming that we already provide. We are thrilled to be an inaugural partner.”

Rising seniors accepted to the program will spend four weeks in Seattle, Wash. or San Francisco, Calif. working directly with participating employers. According to the College, “participants will work in groups and be coached throughout the experience on industry best practices, business etiquette and skill development,” skills which Koru explains are vital in the employment world.

“Today’s top employers are seeking college graduates with strong communication, problem-solving, critical thinking and teamwork skills. These are the skills the liberal arts develop, and our program provides liberal arts graduates with the experience and professional networks that can help them launch great careers,” said Josh Jarrett, chief learning officer and co-founder of Koru.

Other founding partners with Koru include Bates College, Brown University, Colorado College, Denison University, Georgetown University, Mount Holyoke College, Occidental College, Pomona College, University of Southern California, Vassar College, Whitman College and Williams College.

Former NAACP President lectures at Bowdoin

Former CEO and President of the NAACP Benjamin Jealous spoke at Bowdoin College’s Common Hour event last week. Jealous, who stepped down from his leadership position at the NAACP last December, spoke as part of a series of events at Bowdoin about the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology Roy Partridge introduced Jealous, calling him “a vital thinker and inspirational orator who can help people of all ages define how they will change the world through their individual and collective efforts.”

In the talk, Jealous spoke about the importance of community activism and focusing on specific issues. He argued that “we live in times when history can literally move two ways at once and which way it moves… ultimately comes down to the actions of regular people.”

Jealous, the youngest ever president of the NAACP, has according to the Bowdoin website, worked to ban the death penalty, outlaw racial profiling, defend voting rights and marriage equality and fight for the freedom of wrongfully incarcerated people.


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