PGCC's Student Employment Readiness Program a Success

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Article by: Jennifer L. Colter

LARGO, MARYLAND - The Office of Career Services at Prince George's Community College recently held a ceremony and reception to recognize eight outstanding students who participated in the first class of the Student Employment Readiness Program (SERP). Highly-successful and timely, the program is the first major initiative for the Business Leadership Council in partnership with the Office of Career Services. 

"I would like to thank the BLC, Career Services (Dr. Stephanie Pair, Kyra Milbourne, Crystal Smith, Dr. Scheherazade Forman), Office of Institutional Advancement and students for their part to ensure the success of the SERP Initiative," said Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince Georges' Community College.  "The BLC has raised over $35,000 for Prince George’s Community College and represents many different business disciplines in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. The diversity in our key partners that adds to the SERP experience, aligns with our culturally diverse student s who aspire to be contributors and successful global citizens," she said.   

As many young, enterprising students venture out into the market and land in their workplace, they are equipped with the knowledge and academic information in their respective fields, but often, are ill-prepared for the acumen and emotional intelligence required to navigate the professional landscape. Through careful and thoughtful design of the SERP by the Business Leadership Council students participate in a program with special emphasis on building soft skills.  The Career Services Office works with these students throughout the semester, preparing them through one-on-one support and career workshops.  

With an enhanced skill set, bright and enthusiastic students from the program can now appreciate the professional environment even more. Brenda Gilchrist, a SERP participant said, "After days of reviewing e-Maryland marketplace and Fedbizopps, and researching expired construction management and janitorial contracts in the federal procurement data system, I realize the importance of pursuing a certificate in purchasing and contracting. This was a valuable experience that has empowered me with the skills that I’ll be able to use in the future." 

"The Business Leadership Council  at Prince George’s Community College works in partnership with the College to support the growth of the county by advancing philanthropy for higher education and work force development," said Larry Spriggs, Chair of the Business Leadership Council  and CEO, Soft-Con Enterprises, Inc.  

The companies that are represented in the Business Leadership Council include: CF Masonry Specialists, Inc., Enlightened, Inc., FORD Management Services, G-11 Enterprises, Inc., HRinMotion, LLC, L.E. Diggs Plumbing & Heating LLC, Lendana Construction Company, LLC, PepsiCo, Prince George’s Suite Magazine and Media, Rich Moe Enterprises, Shepherd Energy/Shepherd Design & Construction LLC, Six Flags America, Soft-Con Enterprises, Inc. and Woodmore Restaurant Holdings. 

 To learn more about the Student Employment Readiness Program, or to become a corporate sponsor in the Business Leadership Council (BLC), contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at (301) 546-0917 or via e-mail foundation@pgcc.edu.  

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