COLA | Monica Brutto | The Wright State Guardian
Leaders of the Wright State University liberal arts workforce development program offer opportunities for students to navigate post-graduation career opportunities.
A brief history
According to Director of Workforce Development Wayne Stark, the Center for Liberal Arts Student Success, CLASS, was established in 2015 by former Dean of the College of Liberal Arts Kristin Sobolik, who was looking to mediate success in student advisory, engagement and retention while also spearheading efforts to facilitate workforce development at the university.
Workforce development at WSU
Stark collaborates with employers to help students determine the best option for career development and growth.
“All of these individuals I work with to help the College of Liberal Arts students with their career development,” Stark said.
Stark and workforce development offer employer spotlights, which have been delivered virtually for the past few years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program recently featured the Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Center.
Ken Paxson, a professor in the communication department and marketing and communications supervisor for the Center, spoke about opportunities available to students.
“There’s so many jobs, so many opportunities,” Paxson said. “We’ve got something for everybody, I think, if you want to work in a fun, open, ever changing environment.”
According to Paxson, there is also flexibility within these positions.
“We literally have people that just work one shift a week. That’s all they can do and we’ll take it. We have people who are wide open and they’ll work as much as they want,” Paxson said.
There are full-time and part-time positions at the Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Center, which can be found on the City of Kettering website.
Paxson also incorporated work experiences into the classroom, often linking media opportunities with media majors working for professional credentials. This practice is one that Paxson hopes to integrate in future courses at WSU.
Stark hopes to get students excited about the possibilities that are available with a liberal arts degree.
“For me, it’s about helping students to reach their goals and dreams,” Stark said.