Ready for Launch
Occidental College has joined 12 leading U.S. colleges and universities as partners with Koru, a provider of immersive learning for recent college graduates, to develop an innovative program to bridge the gap between today’s college graduates and the needs of high-growth employers.
Koru’s other new partners are Bates College, Brown University, Colorado College, Connecticut College, Denison University, Georgetown University, Mount Holyoke College, Pomona College, University of Southern California, Vassar College, Whitman College, and Williams College.
“We cannot spend four years providing a rigorous education and then merely shake our students’ hands and wish them good luck when they go out into job market. Koru is part of our ongoing effort to ensure that our graduates are able to successfully market their liberal arts skills in the modern workplace,” said Occidental President Jonathan Veitch.
Occidental, Koru, and its fellow college and employer partners intend to have a dramatic impact on the college-to-career transition by providing real-world experience, practical skills, and professional networks to help seniors and recent graduates land an attractive first job.
“We are delighted to be working closely with this group of forward-thinking colleges and universities,” said Koru CEO Kristen Hamilton. “They are individually and collectively committed to providing new options for their students to launch great careers – and we share that commitment to serving their students.”
Koru works closely with fast-growing employers such as REI, zulily and Smartsheet who are seeking a better way to recruit early-career talent, providing a field-based option that connects what students learn in the classroom with the skills they will need in the workplace.
“Koru allows us to see what someone can do far beyond what we can learn from a resume and an interview – and to have confidence that they could contribute to our organization from day one,” said Colleen McKeown, senior vice president for human resources at zulilly.