On Thursday January 5, DDC’s College Persistence Initiative (CPI) kicked off 2017 with the first annual Summer of Impact Summit. The all-day event brought 60 DDC college freshmen and sophomores to campus to hear information about career options from a range of professional presenters. CPI Coordinator, Karli McMenamin, CC’14, created the event as a “functional” reunion for students to get them thinking about their summer plans.
The goal of CPI is to provide meaningful support to DDC students as they make the transition to college insuring their success in school and beyond. ”We want to make sure they are informed about the opportunities, and get a jump start on summer plans so that they are making the most of their time off from school,” said McMenamin.
The event was co-sponsored by the Columbia Center for Career Education who helped bring together representatives from the fields of law, health, financial services, education, and local government. Presenters shared information about their areas of expertise with the entire group and then DDC students practiced their networking skills as they explored summer internship and work opportunities.