Center for Career Development plays major role in first-ever Mountaineer University

July 28, 2015

WVU president E. Gordon Gee address attendees at Mountaineer University.
WVU president E. Gordon Gee address attendees at Mountaineer University.

Approximately 165 representatives from 95 employers across the country attended the inaugural Mountaineer University Employer Summit July 15-16 at the Waterfront Place Hotel and on the WVU campus.

The summit represented a combination of strategic efforts of the College of Business and Economics Center for Career Development (CCD), the WVU Career Services Center and the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. The event was sponsored by OshKosh Corporation.
Throughout the two days, human resources representatives from Marathon Petroleum Company, GE, Eaton Corporation and other prestigious companies presented to attendees from companies, such as Mylan Inc., Target and United Bank, on how to build their employer brand on the WVU campus, effectively recruit on campus and identify collaborative research opportunities.

“The primary objective of the event was to provide exposure to perspective employers that have not designated WVU as a university from which they actively recruit,” Jennifer Bellucci, director of the CCD said. “It has become a priority to provide visibility of how prepared our students are. We want the employers to know globally, that our campus is a valuable place to recruit talented, career-ready, graduates with excellent business acumen.”

WVU president E. Gordon Gee address attendees at Mountaineer University.
Jennifer Bellucci, director of the B&E Center for Career Development.

In addition to presentations at the Waterfront, attendees had the opportunity to tour B&E and hear from chairs of the undergraduate programs, coordinators of B&E graduate programs and the directors of each of the B&E centers.

“The staff of the B&E Center for Career Development strive to inspire our students to participate in career fairs, take advantage of the professional development services the Center offers and network with employers to obtain internships and land jobs,” Interim Dean Nancy McIntyre said. “These initiatives are successful because of the expertise and professionalism of the CCD, but also the relationships they cultivate with our employer partners. Mountaineer University is just one example of this.”

Attendees, presenters, B&E faculty and staff, and other WVU community members networked at a reception on the evening of July 15 at the Erickson Alumni Center, which was sponsored by Momentive Performance Materials Inc. After morning sessions on July 16, conference-goers went zip lining and had a barbeque lunch at the Westvaco Natural Resource Center.

“Employers who attended Mountaineer University are providing positive feedback about the event. Perhaps the greatest outcome has been multiple collaborations that have resulted, including new, formalized recruiting partnerships. The employer summit also provided the chance to share best practices from a recruiting standpoint with others in the field, and employers loved that aspect.” Bellucci said. “We hope to execute an even larger and more effective event next year.”