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Luncheons to provide working life skills

September 26, 2010

By Holly Meyer, Staff Writer

Young Harris College President Cathy Cox is taking new steps to ensure that the first class of seniors is prepared for the working world in as many ways possible. This year will be the first time YHC has seen a senior class in over a century.

For preparation and celebration of these students, President Cox will be organizing a list of guest speakers. Each of which has succeeded in their own line of work to come to YHC and give some inspiration, guidance and insight on how they used their own educational experience to prepare them for their particular field. Each speaker will come from a different professional background to best relate to each student’s chosen career path.

“I wanted to do something more to introduce our students to a variety of careers,” Cox said in a prepared statement.

There will be a guest speaker every month this semester. Alicia Philipp will be the next guest speaker to come to YHC on Oct.  1. Philipp is the President of Atlanta Community Foundation.

Philipp became president of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta in 1977, which is one of the largest and fastest growing non- profit organizations in the country.

She has been named as one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “100 Most Influential Atlantans” and has led the Foundation’s grant making, fundraising with donors, nonprofits and community leaders for more than 30 years.

While under her direction, the Community Foundation has grown from $7 million 30 years ago, to more than $625 million.

In 2009, the Community Foundation provided a record $138.4 million in grants to nonprofits and faith-based organizations locally, nationally and internationally.

Philipp has influenced the Foundation to consider the best ways to serve a larger community and to focus on donor engagement and profits. The Community Foundation has served the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and the Atlanta Women’s Foundation and has also created other initiatives: including the Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund, the Metropolitan  Atlanta  Arts Fund and the Neighborhood Fund.

President Cox urges all students to take advantage of this opportunity, but seniors will have first dibs on reserving seats.

Seats will be limited to 25 students at each luncheon to ensure that each is  kept in a small comfortable environment. This way, no one will feel shy about asking questions and opening discussions.

Students interested in participating, and making reservations are asked to contact Teresa Hobbs in the Office of the President at (706) 379-5137 or at teresah@yhc.edu. All luncheons will be held in the Robinson Dining Room at 12 pm.

There will be another luncheon held on Nov. 5 with news anchor Monica Kaughman Pearson. Pearson is a 29-time Local and Southern Regional Emmy award winner, for Channel 2 News.

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