Career Development and Credit Management seminars offered for new freshmen

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

ORANGEBURG – As part of its University 101 course (Introduction to the University Community), SC State will offer the Class of 2011 presentations on career development (Nov. 1) and financial credit management (Nov. 6) during the month of November.

More than 1300 freshmen will attend concurrent career development seminars led by business leaders from several of the nation’s leading employers, including General Electric, Michelin, BMW Manufacturing, Wachovia, Milliken & Co. and Roche on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 1 p.m. in Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium and the Belcher Hall fourth floor auditorium.

“These leading professionals will share with new students information about career exploration, decision-making, employment trends, summer, part-time and permanent employment, cooperative education, techniques of interviewing and resume writing,” said Terrence Cummings, assistant executive director for Student Success and Retention.

“Both the Student Success and Retention Program and the Career Development Center are working collaboratively to ensure that SC State’s students are on the cutting edge in careers and career development,” Cummings added. “Dr. Jackie Epps, interim vice president for institutional advancement, has been key in building the SC State Business and Industry Cluster; their insights into careers and the workplace cannot be measured monetarily. Our students benefit vastly from these leaders’ expertise.”

According to Epps, “a number of the nation’s major corporations are part of the SCSU Business and Industry Cluster, and they have been very instrumental in placing SC State graduates in key positions of employment and leadership at their corporations. We welcome them again and again to South Carolina State and laud their efforts to support our students.”

All new students will attend a financial credit management seminar presented by the Society for Financial Education and Professional Development on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 1 p.m. in MLK Auditorium.

Presenters for the financial credit management seminar include Gregory L. Kendall, financial planner with West Financial Group, Bethesda, Md. – a branch of Mass Mutual and MML Investors Services Inc., a $450 billion dollar global financial services firm, and Dwayne Hall, a 20-year financial advisor, nationally known as “The Retirement Resource.”

“Because the University is charting courses of success for its students and because their professional and monetary reward will increase as they enter their careers, there will be an increased need for financial responsibility,” said Cummings. “Data indicates that students who earn a bachelor’s degree will earn one million dollars more in their lifetimes than those without a bachelor’s degree.”

“SC State is committed to helping students learn how to maximize both professional and monetary benefits early in their college careers,” he added.

For additional information, contact Terrence Cummings with the Student Success and Retention Program at (803) 533-3721 or

Founded in 1998, the Society for Financial Education and Professional Development (SFEPD) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enhance the level of financial and economic literacy of individuals and households in the United States and promote professional development at the early stages of career development through mid-level management. SFEPD crafted a series of seminars to expose students at historically black colleges and universities to the fundamentals, strategies, and intricacies of personal financial management.