AT&T recently awarded a $10,000 grant to Goodwin College to support the Connecticut institution’s Student Leadership Development Program, which recruits and trains local students to be leaders in their academic, professional, and personal lives.
“We are happy to see Goodwin College taking a proactive approach toward making sure every one of their students comes to school prepared, comfortable, and ready to succeed,” said Abby Jewett, Regional Vice President, AT&T Connecticut. “We are proud to support this initiative.”
“It is vitally important for all of us to work together to help prepare Connecticut’s youth to be leaders in our community — and this program from Goodwin College is doing exactly that,” said state Sen. Tim Larson (D – East Hartford, East Windsor, Ellington, South Windsor). “I thank AT&T for its support, and applaud Goodwin College for always putting our local students first.”
Student leaders are recruited and put through an intensive leadership training process. Training includes a three-day retreat, which builds on developmental skills to ensure all leaders are prepared to address students’ academic and professional needs. Once they complete their training, student leaders are assigned to one of six student-focused programs:
Goodwin College Crew members emphasize the importance of getting involved in campus life. The Crew builds connections among students, faculty, and the community. Goodwin Guides are the school’s ambassadors. They host campus tours for potential students and speak on various panels about the college. New Student Orientation Leaders facilitate activities for new students. Summer Bridge Academy Peer Mentors work with Summer Bridge Academy staff to help recent high school graduates prepare for the college experience. Student Club Leaders assist with crafting and developing club activities, meeting schedules, and working with faculty & staff advisors. Student Government Association Officers identify the needs of the student body and act as liaisons between students and the administration.
“The ATT grant supports real growth for our students, not just academically but personally and professionally as well,” said Nicole Miller, Student Engagement Coordinator for Goodwin College. “The Student Leadership Development Program creates a rich college experience and helps our students have a positive impact on their communities.”
Goodwin University is a nonprofit institution of higher education and is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), formerly known as the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Goodwin University was founded in 1999, with the goal of serving a diverse student population with career-focused degree programs that lead to strong employment outcomes.