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MSU Participates in CPE Initiative to Improve Career Skills and Readiness

Morehead State University

Morehead State University emphasizes career readiness to improve students' hands-on learning opportunities through programs like its new Level UP Program. MSU is participating in a new statewide initiative to ensure Kentucky college graduates have the skills and knowledge necessary to obtain employment upon graduation. 

The Kentucky Graduate Profile Academy comprises three members from Kentucky's eight four-year public universities and four campuses from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

MSU is one of the institutions receiving a $25,000 grant to support efforts to build essential skills identified by both higher education and professional organizations. The program is coordinated by Kentucky's Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE).

These skills include: 

  • Effective communication 
  • Critical thinking 
  • Quantitative reasoning skills 
  • Effective interactions with people of diverse backgrounds 
  • Adaptation and leadership skills 
  • Professionalism 
  • Civic engagement 
  • Collaboration 
  • Decision-making 
  • Applying academic knowledge, skills and talents to a chosen career field 

"MSU is excited to partner in this initiative to ensure that our graduates develop the skills desired by employers," said Megan Boone, interim director of the Center for Career Development and Experiential Education and director of career services. "The focus on these skills is woven throughout a student's MSU experience and will set them up to launch their careers upon graduation." 

Level UP is an initiative to ensure students can engage in experiences to prepare them for success, including undergraduate research, education abroad, service learning and internships. It includes courses that build students' communication, professionalism, critical thinking and teamwork skills. Level UP further focuses on training students to convey evidence of these career skills that are highly desirable to employers across disciplines.   

To learn more about the Level UP Program at MSU, email levelup@moreheadstate.edu or visit http://www.moreheadstate.edu/levelup

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