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K-State Today

May 20, 2016

College of Business Administration sees 24 graduating seniors earn Professional Advantage Certification

Submitted by Brent Fritzemeier

In conjunction with Kansas State University's graduation ceremonies on May 14, the College of Business Administration recognized 24 graduating seniors for achieving Professional Advantage Certification.

Certification is provided by the college's Professional Advantage program, which is designed to give K-State business students a competitive edge for future success.

"It is exciting to see the professional growth of students as they move through the program," said Olivia Law-DelRosso, director of the Professional Advantage program. "Students are learning directly from industry professionals and recruiters exactly what they should do to be successful in their business careers."

More than 1,700 students participated in the program this academic year, learning career skills such as professionalism, interviewing essentials, resume writing and soft skills, from more than 50 different companies.

"Professional Advantage has been phenomenal for me," said Seth Bovee, graduating senior in marketing, Manhattan. "The skills and experience I have gained are unrivaled to what I have received anywhere else. Professional Advantage has shown me new avenues and helped me gain access to so many resources."

"I found this program extremely helpful thanks to the different lectures, networking events and activities I was a part of," said Quinn Barker, graduating senior in marketing, Silver Lake. "I would highly recommend this to all business students because it can only help you on your career path."

Students complete Professional Advantage Certification requirements throughout their time in the college by attending career development workshops. Those who complete the requirements by graduation are recognized on their transcript, resumes and at graduation as Professional Advantage Certified.

"Being a part Professional Advantage during my undergraduate career has helped me develop useful communication and leadership skills that I will be able to put to use every day of my life, even outside the workplace," said Amanda Henke, graduating senior in management, Tipton. "It was an honor to be part of the program, and I'm excited to see how it will continue to grow in the future."

Those who completed the academic year requirements earned professional awards courtesy of GTM Sportswear, including a professional notebook, padfolio, business card holder and garment bag.

"The support of student development from companies such as GTM Sportswear, and partnerships across campus are what make the program successful," said Law-DelRosso. "This training, combined with the college's Executive Mentor and Career Coach programs provide students a clear path to success long after graduation."

The following students also graduated with Professional Advantage Certification: Jaclyn Sheets, accounting, Belleville; Jenny Hollern, Ellis; Morgan Gauby, management, Great Bend; Katherine Knox, accounting, Manhattan; Jamie Cockerham, accounting, Osborne; Stephanie Hughes, marketing, Overland Park; Lindsey Campbell, management, Arvada, Colorado; and Meghan Hunt, marketing, Denver, Colorado.