Article about CARES appears in the Latest Edition of The Student Connection

quillCheck out the beautifully written article by our own, Liz Locke, Social Media Coordinator for CARES.  The article was selected to appear in the recent SUNY ESC Student Connection Newsletter.  Great job Liz!

Read article here.

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ESC Niagara Frontier Center Partners with Dress for Success

Dress for SuccessCARES is please to pass on this exciting news, especially to our fellow female students at the Niagara Frontier Center.

Colleen Reedy, Coordinator of Residency Students and Programs, announces an exciting new partnership with an organization called Dress for Success.  Dress for Success is an International Organization that just opened the first Buffalo chapter on March 1.

**This program is designed specifically for women who have a job interview scheduled. It begins with an interview outfit, but goes much further. Once they secure a job, clients will get more clothing, employment retention programs, professional women’s networking groups, workshops, job coaching, etc.

 If you know an eligible student at the Niagara Frontier Center,  please refer them to Colleen Reedy who is our liaison to the organization and will help set up an appointment and provide further information. 

ABOUT DRESS FOR SUCCESS
Dress for Success serves clients by referral only, and women must have an interview scheduled before receiving clothing. Our clients come to us from a continually expanding and diverse group of non-profit and government agencies including homeless shelters, immigration services, job training programs, educational institutions and domestic violence shelters, among many other organizations. Almost 4,500 organizations throughout the world send women to Dress for Success for professional apparel and career development services.

The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Founded in New York City in 1997, Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization offering services designed to help our clients find jobs and remain employed.

Dress for Success serves clients by referral only, and women must have an interview scheduled before receiving clothing. Our clients come to us from a continually expanding and diverse group of non-profit and government agencies including homeless shelters, immigration services, job training programs, educational institutions and domestic violence shelters, among many other organizations. Almost 4,500 organizations throughout the world send women to Dress for Success for professional apparel and career development services.

While we may be best known for providing suits to women, it is our employment retention programs that are the cornerstone of the organization. Soon after Dress for Success was founded we came to recognize that finding work is only one step in a woman’s journey towards economic independence; remaining employed and building a rewarding career are essential if a woman is to become self-sufficient.

To meet the need for services that would help women both find and keep jobs, we established the Professional Women’s Group (PWG) program, which offers women ongoing support as they successfully transition into the workforce, build thriving careers and prosper in the mainstream workplace. Once a woman joins the PWG she is a member for life, able to attend meetings at any affiliate throughout the world, and can benefit from additional employment retention and mentoring programs.

Dress for Success also has developed Career Center, an initiative that promotes confidence and professionalism by providing women career guidance, the chance to acquire technology skills and assistance in their job searches.

Another way in which Dress for Success supports women joining or returning to the workforce is through Steps to Success, an initiative that focuses on the crucial first 30 days of employment, during which newly-hired women face many potential challenges. Made possible by the generosity of the National Endowment for Financial Education, the Steps to Success: A Guide to Success in the Workplace publication helps women prepare for their new jobs, identifies barriers they might encounter during their first days, encourages them to plan for their futures and highlights resources that can assist them during this transition, including the Professional Women’s Group.

Looking for participants for the NFC Student Showcase May 2nd

Have you ever thought about presenting your work to your peers?  Maybe you are interested is seeing what your fellow students are working on?  If so, the NFC Student Showcase is the place for you.  The Spring Student Showcase will be Thursday, May 2. There will be refreshments at 5:30 and the program will start at 6. This is like a mini conference for students. Everyone can participate.

The program consists of a variety of student presentations.   In the past, students have elected to do the following: create a Powerpoint presentation and present, set up an exhibit, create a poster presentation to put on display, create an online video, or create online voiceover presentations in VoiceThread, Yodio, Microsoft Professional-Powerpoint, or some other software you are familiar with. This is a great opportunity to get in front of people and practice your presenting skills and receive feedback in a safe environment.

The NFC would love to see a more participation in this event.  Please speak with your professor or Jane Cudmore if you would like to present.

All students and members of the community are welcome to attend and view the interesting and innovative work students are doing.

Scholarship Opportunities Available…Don’t Delay!

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Who doesn’t like getting free money?   Did you know the  Empire State College Foundation awards nearly 300 scholarships to students at ESC from nearly 100 scholarship funds that help both part-time and full-time students achieve their goals?

Check out the scholarship opportunities page and see which scholarships might apply to you.  There are some minimum requirements that have to be met to be eligible to apply. The following information is from Hugh B. Hammett, Ph.D., Vice President for External Affairs and Executive Director of the Empire State College Foundation.

Students must:

  • Have financial need as determined by the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal  Student Aid, which must be completed by April 1);
  • Are matriculated and have completed at least 8 credits with Empire State College;
  • Have the appropriate GPA indicating successful academic progress;
  • Have completed at least 80% of the course work they’ve enrolled themselves in.

Once eligible candidates are identified by the criteria above, scholarships are awarded based on both need (as identified by the FAFSA) and academic promise. Academic promise is more subjective in Empire State College’s personalized system, and so the Financial Aid office relies on recommendations from each center’s Dean, Coordinator of Student Services, faculty and other staff as appropriate in order to select recipients.

Students are encouraged to review the list of available scholarships, which is accessible via the link  www.esc.edu/scholarships. In conjunction with … the Financial Aid Office,  students are encouraged to contact their mentors once they have identified opportunities that might be suitable. Mentors are then able to make recommendations on behalf of their students. These recommendations are appreciated, encouraged, and in fact, crucial to the process of matching appropriate recipients with each scholarship opportunity.

Scholarships provide such a significant boost to students and their families that the recipients graduate at much higher rates than students who do not receive this kind of special support.

Each Spring the scholarship process begins, so don’t delay in looking into what opportunities might be available to you! 

9th Annual Student Academic Conference To Be Held in NYC

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The 9th Annual Student Academic Conference is scheduled for October 18 & 19th at the New York LaGuardia Airport Marriott in Queens NY.  Last year’s “sold-out” event was held right here in Buffalo, attracting participants from all over New York State.  If you have not had the opportunity to attend the event, it is both fun and inspiring.

The conference’s main focus is giving students an opportunity to present their work to the larger ESC community.

The Student Academic Conference is a two day event where Empire State College students from around the state (and beyond) gather to present their academic and creative work through panel discussions, workshops, multimedia presentations, poster displays and artwork. The range of student work is multi-disciplinary as reflected by our diverse student body. (as printed from the esc.edu website)

Presenting can be make a nice addition to your professional portfolio.  By attending the conference you will get incredible networking opportunities as well as gain a broader understanding of the scope of work being done by students at ESC. Other social events, speakers and more round out the two-day experience.

So, consider presenting or even just attending, either way the weekend is well worth it!

For more information about the conference visit the STAC page and check often for updates. Limited scholarships may be available to help defray travel costs.  Keep your eyes open for these and other details.

See you this Fall in NYC!