Shippensburg University recently launched “Ship Connects,” a virtual networking platform for faculty, staff, students and alumni.
The Career, Mentoring and Professional Development Center (CMPDC) and Alumni Relations office are partnering together to provide this opportunity for students and alumni.
Officials noted how the COVID-19 coronavirus limited the in-person interactions that are essential for professional growth. Ship Connects serves as a new way for SU community members to create meaningful professional connections.
Ship Connects is similar to LinkedIn by allowing users to choose preferences and interests which an algorithm uses to connect them with SU students, faculty, staff and alumni. The platform also offers access to an alumni business directory, a job board and the Raiders Connect 365 mentoring program, according to a press release.
Tracy Montoro, CMPDC assistant director, said the collaboration provides potential through a “powerful network.”
“Students now have access to a powerful network of mentors and career connections. This platform amplifies the work we do in the CMPDC and gives students the change to connect with alumni all over the country,” Montoro said.
Faculty members can also incorporate alumni interactions into their curriculum through classroom discussions, research surveys or guest speaking opportunities, the press release said.
To join Ship Connects visit shipconnects.ship.edu. For questions or comments can contact Alumni Relations Director Lori Smith, or Tracy Montoro at firstname.lastname@example.org.