We are in the business of building successful futures. If you have any connection to the UCCS College of Business, you may recognize this statement as the vision of the college, but did you know that the college is dedicated to building successful futures for all stakeholders — not just students?

Meghan Stidd
Meghan Stidd

The UCCS College of Business is committed to developing mutually beneficial relationships and identifying new opportunities to serve our community. As assistant dean for external relations, when I engage with the local business community, many are unaware of the full offerings of the college. We offer multiple resources to aid in the development of your business.

Talent acquisition

The College of Business is an excellent source for talent. The UCCS College of Business Career Development Center connects students and alumni to businesses for internships and career opportunities. The Career Development Center is a complimentary resource focused on helping you recruit the talent your company needs. With an online job board, multiple networking events and specialized staff, the Career Development Center can tailor a recruitment plan for your business.

The Career Development Center currently partners with more than 100 local employers. As UCCS continues to grow and develop new career curriculums within the college, the need for innovative partnerships for internship and career opportunities continues to increase.

Succession planning

Are you a business owner in need of a succession plan? If retirement is on your horizon and you are looking for the next generation to continue your legacy, we are happy to assist you. We work with local businesses to evaluate their needs, develop a strategic succession plan, and identify current students and alumni as potential protégés.

Career development

Starting with the fall 2019 semester, all College of Business students will be required to complete a series of career-focused courses covering topics such as career exploration, workplace communication, resumé writing and professional etiquette. The program will also require students to complete an internship or similar experience and will culminate with a mentorship program — matching students with local professionals within their desired industries.

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What does this mean for local businesses? Not only will students graduate better prepared for the workforce, but the new program provides local professionals with a wide variety of avenues to engage with students through programming, events, and our formal mentorship program.

Professional development and training

The Office of Professional and Executive Development offers a wide array of training programs to help develop and empower the talent within your organization. Our executive education team is your partner in developing customized and outcome-focused training programs that are tailored to meet your specific business goals and objectives.

There is a variety of short-term programs offered that enable participants to improve their business acumen while interacting with other community professionals. Aram Benyamin, an inaugural graduate of our UCCS Mini-MBA program, was recently promoted to CEO of Colorado Springs Utilities a few months after the program ended.

“The UCCS Mini-MBA was the perfect program for me,” said Benyamin. “The quality of the instructors and the content of the topics re-energized my thinking process. My organization greatly benefited from the real-life knowledge that added value to the way we serve our customers.”

Our programs provide training across all levels of an organization and are taught by internationally recognized UCCS College of Business faculty and industry professionals. The executive education team has assisted numerous companies within Colorado Springs with their training goals and are standing by to assist you.

New opportunities

In the College of Business, we pride ourselves in providing unique and innovative programming to meet the needs of the local business community. We value the feedback that we receive from business leaders and are happy to discuss any new ideas or initiatives. If you have recommendations or suggestions for new programming or services that the College of Business can provide, we would invite the opportunity to partner with you.

Next steps

To learn more about the resources, offerings and opportunities available through the College of Business, we invite you to attend “A Night with the College of Business: Connecting UCCS to the Community” from 4-6 p.m. on April 10 at The Warehouse restaurant, 25 W. Cimarron St. All local companies, community members and alumni are welcome to join us for an evening of networking and discovery about the many possible partnership opportunities. RSVP to cobplace@uccs.edu or call 719-255-3120 for event details.

We look forward to connecting and collaborating on future initiatives to help you build your successful future.

Meghan Stidd is assistant dean for external relations for the UCCS College of Business. She can be reached at mstidd@uccs.com.