Colby has approved plans to convert the Grossman residence hall into a facility tentatively being called the Center for Postgraduate Success, with construction beginning this spring. The new home for Colby’s Career Center was approved by the Board of Trustees in April, and the overhauled and expanded building is expected to open by fall 2017.
The project involves adding a 4,300-square-foot, two-story addition to the building and upgrading the existing 8,600 square feet into state-of-the-art administrative space. The center, which is being designed to LEED specifications, is expected to become a destination for students, making postgraduate planning an integral part of life at the College.
While the stunning new building is just being started, new and innovative Career Center programming is already underway. Among initiatives in the works are ensuring access to internships for every student, establishing an expanded professional mentoring program, and engaging more first- and second-year students in the career preparation process.
“One of Colby’s signature strengths is preparing students to make a meaningful impact,” said Vice President for Student and College Advancement Daniel Lugo. “This new space will offer multiple opportunities for student engagement with career counselors, recruiters, and mentors.”
Alumni and parents will play a pivotal role in the center’s success. Their expertise and professional connections are invaluable to students exploring career options and breaking into the job market. Parents and alumni can help not only through providing internships and taking part in mentoring, but also by housing students traveling for interviews and by participating in Colby on the Road, an established career-immersion program, which will be expanded thematically and geographically.
The expanded Career Center will include a floor for employer relations with five interview rooms, a workshop space generous enough to accommodate receptions and events, and a resource library. These areas are designed to draw employers, recruiters, alumni, and parents to campus, easing travel time and financial costs incurred by students exploring career options.
This holistic approach to career preparation builds on collaborative partnerships on campus and with the global Colby community off campus.