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Connections February 2011

Connections February 2011

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The February 2011 edition of the Charter Oak State College Newsletter
The February 2011 edition of the Charter Oak State College Newsletter

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Published by: Charter Oak State College on Feb 09, 2011
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e President’s Take
Let’s get adults theircollege degrees!
 Alum Pro
From small town girlto Big Town success
 Alums Steppin’ Out 
Events to enlighten,entertain
Your New Online Shop
Products galore for yourshopping enjoyment
Alumni Spotlight 
Alums share their news,achievements
Charter Oak – Advancing the Workforce
By Nancy Taylor, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations and Corporate Recruitment 
As a college whose mission is focusedon advancing the nation’s workforce,Charter Oak is interested in workingclosely with the employer communityto assist in meeting employeeeducational needs. One importantmeans through which the College feelsit can best identify businesses whoseworkforces may bene
t from CharterOak’s Corporate Partnership programsis our valued alumni. Our graduateswho consistently recommend theCollege to their fellow employees oftenapproach us asking that we contacttheir employers with information aboutthe Corporate Partnership program.We
nd that employers are frequentlyunaware of the many advantages anonline institution, like Charter Oak,is able to bring to their employeesand, in turn, to their businesses.However, the response of employers isusually very positive when they learnabout Charter Oak’s a
ordability andconvenience and the College’s abilityto increase employee contributions totheir organizations through advancededucation.Such has been the experience of businesses currently participating in
 Alumni AmbassadorsSpreading the Word
It’s a well-known fact at Charter Oak that a vast majority of our studentshear about the College throughword of mouth from our alumni.One reason is that our graduates areextremely happy with their CharterOak experience – 97 percent reportbeing satis
ed or very satis
ed withtheir Charter Oak State Collegeprogram. Given this, who would makebetter spokespersons for the Collegethan our alumni?Last year we launched the o
cial AlumniAmbassador Program and today havescores of alums who have committed toit. As a volunteer Ambassador, you caninvest as much or as little time as yourschedule allows. Among the importantroles Ambassadors have played thathave proven extremely valuable toCharter Oak:Serve as an email contact forprospective students who havespeci
c questions about Charter Oak degree programs and the positivee
ect your own degree has playedin advancing your career.Attending a college-sponsoredevent at a location close to yourhome to welcome and encourageprospective students to investigateCharter Oak degree completionprograms.
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Charter Oak’s rewarding CorporatePartnership program. The College’s lowtuition, for example, results in greatereconomy for both the employee-studentand those organizations that o
er tuitionreimbursement programs.Among entities active in the CorporatePartnership program are hospitals, healthcare organizations,
nancial servicescompanies and law enforcementagencies. If you feel your employerwould bene
t by establishing a learningpartnership with Charter Oak, pleasedon’t hesitate to contact me at
I will quicklyrespond to your inquiry!A Charter Oak corporate partnership isa win-win for all – you, your employerand the College.Happy New Year! The Charter Oak Alumni Associationis gearing up for a very exciting year,having come o
a tremendous secondhalf of last year. We added 35 alumnito our o
cial “Ambassador” roles,and several have already representedCharter Oak at various events aroundthe country. Two new Board members joined the Alumni Association – LisaWildman, of Connecticut, and MaryJo Betzen, a Texas resident. Both havehit the ground running! (See article,page 10). We were sorry to lose boardmember Ruth Kenneth Barbieri to otherpersonal commitments, but want tothank her for her stellar service to theAssociation.For only $15 a year you can becomean Association member and supportyour alma mater. Alumni Associationmembership provides many bene
ts,including two recently added:the
Charter Oak Career Center at Experience.com
Mechanic on Duty.Experience.com
is a national job searchand career enhancement Web site withhundreds of thousands of current jobsavailable exclusively to Charter Oak Alumni Association members. MechanicOn-Duty is a roadside assistance and carrepair information center.(For membership information andregistration, please visit
, and click theMembership box at the top of the page.A membership package will be mailedto you.)In addition to these newbene
ts, the AlumniAssociation is gearingup for more social andcareer- enhancingevents in 2011. Last yearwe partnered with theStudent Associationto bring three expertsto the College to talk about making themost of your CharterOak experience as itrelates to the changing job market. This eventwas webcast to alumniaround the country. We’recurrently formulatingplans for a social ‘night-out’ in Connecticut withdinner and theatre, and are in initialplanning stages for a number of careernetworking events.We hope you will seriously considermembership in the Alumni Associationto help support Charter Oak andthe events we’re planning which aredesigned to bene
t all alumni. Also,if you would like to join the AlumniAssociation Board, we are always readyto welcome you from wherever youmay be around the globe.Finally, we recently updated ourdatabase with current alumni addresses,emails and phone numbers and havedeveloped a system that allows usto expand our capability to provideupdated information about the Collegevia email. If you have not already givenus your current contact informationand would like us to remain in touchwith you, please send it to:
Here’s to a great 2011!
Carlo Esidore
President, Charter Oak State College Alumni Association
Nancy Taylor 
 Assistant Director of Alumni Relationsand Corporate Recruitment 
Greetings From Your Alumni Association…
Guiding the Charter Oak State College Alumni Association are its president,Carlo Esidore, and Nancy Taylor, the College’s Assistant Director of AlumniRelations and Corporate Recruitment.
Chuck Albert 
, EditorState of Connecticut
Dannel P. Malloy 
, GovernorBoard for State Academic Awards
Ed Klonoski 
, Executive DirectorIssued semi-annually by the Board for StateAcademic Awards for alumni and friendsof Charter Oak State College.
“Advancing the Workforce” continued from pg. 1

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