2013 December

WFU gets creative about integrating real-world skills into classes

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In a Teen Vogue story by Heather Schwedel, Wake Forest’s Office of Personal and Career Development was featured as offering creative ways to integrate career education into classes. “Wake Forest asked professors in traditional academic areas like history to be creative about adding real-world applications to their courses. Some responded by tweaking their lesson plans to explicitly include skills companies look for in employees, like communication and collaboration, so students can draw on their classroom experience in job interviews. Wake Forest also introduced “College-To-Career” courses which allow students to earn credit for career planning and job searching.”

Wake Forest athletes help spread cheer through the Santa’s Helpers program

For nearly three decades, Wake Forest athletes have helped spread cheer through the Santa’s Helpers program:

It all started back in 1986. That’s when WFU football player Chip Rives first saw a Parade magazine article about a holiday toy-giving program in Texas that provided Christmas presents to children in the surrounding community. If it can work at Texas, he thought, why couldn’t it work at Wake Forest? Though the football team connection remains strong, writes Bill Cissna, the 100 Wake volunteers involved nowadays come from many sports teams and often include coaches and coaches’ spouses. Past student-athlete volunteers have included Tim Duncan, Joe Zelenka, and Chris Paul. The Santa’s Helpers program raises about $18,000 annually, and nearly all of the proceeds go toward buying toys.