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2005.04.13 > For Immediate Release
contact: Teresa Gleason - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: tmgleason@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Women's Studies Program to Host Third Annual Career Connections April 22

Note: For a list of area professionals participating in Career Connections, contact Teresa Gleason at (402) 554-2762 or tmgleason@mail.unomaha.edu.

Omaha – Sixty students from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will take the learning process on the road Friday, April 22, in conjunction with an event sponsored by the UNO Women's Studies Program.

The third annual Career Connections will match students with 15 career professionals from a variety of fields for an afternoon of exploration and real-world experience.

The goal of the program is to help students focus on activities that will help them achieve their individual career goals, said Karen Falconer Al-Hindi, director of the UNO Women's Studies Program.

"Student participants tell us consistently how valuable the event is for them," Falconer Al-Hindi said.  "Nearly all of the students tell us they plan to take action toward their goals immediately following Career Connections."

The day will begin with a luncheon and opening session for program participants at the W.H. Thompson Alumni Center on the UNO campus.  The group will then split into smaller teams.  Students will be paired with the professionals who represent careers they have expressed an interest in, and the teams will head for the workplace.

After a couple of hours of job shadowing on site, the students will return to UNO and participate in activities designed to focus them on what they've learned, what it means and how to identify "next steps" to achieve their goals.

Judge Liz Crnkovich, a regular participant in the program, supports the creation of mentoring opportunities.  "Mentoring is so important to the success of our young people," she said.  "If sharing one's time and insight can be helpful to even one individual seeking to find their way, then it is well worthwhile."

Crnkovich also cited the personal benefit of participating in Career Connections.  "The enthusiasm and energy of the young people is inspiring," she said.  "The program also comports with my philosophy of ‘giving back' to the community and of commitment to civic service."

For more information about Career Connections, contact Falconer Al-Hindi at (402) 554-3834.

For more information about the UNO Women's Studies Program, visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/wmst/.

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