Campus: Cal Poly, Pomona -- October 4, 1999

Cal Poly Pomona Career Center Partners With Corporate World

Looking to engage the business community with the resources of an eclectic workforce, the Cal Poly Pomona Career Center created and enhanced new relationships with corporate America.

The newly founded Partners Recognition Program is designed to create an opportunity of support for companies who benefit from the efforts of the Career Center. In doing so, the Career Center is able to generate revenue to enhance its services to students, specifically in the areas of technology.

Sixteen different partner companies were recently honored for their work and support of the program. The group featured several Fortune 500 corporations including Hewlett Packard, Target (Dayton Hudson), Disneyland Resorts (Disney), Pepsi Cola, United Parcel Service and IBM.

"Cal Poly Pomona has historically given us an outstanding group of employees," said Pam Hay, manager of Campus Programs and Corporate College Recruiting for Hewlett Packard. "I am also extremely pleased on the customer focus of the Career Center. It certainly enhances our experience on campus."

Technology is the key component to best provide for an ever-evolving student body. One example is BroncoTrak, an on-line registration program designed to assist students and prospective employers with the on-campus interview process. Career Center Director Manuel

Perez can foresee a time when career services will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"We have nearly 18,000 students on our campus and 40 percent of them utilize career services in one way or another," said Perez. "We have a myriad of opportunities for our student body including career counseling, job listings, on-campus recruiting program, career days, career related workshops and the career resource library."

The university's biannual career days have become one of the region's top corporate recruiting events. As many as 220 companies set up tables on campus to discuss employment opportunities with nearly 5,000 students.

Through continuing programs such as these, the Career Center is able to meet the needs of the corporate world and its future employees.

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