TUSKEGEE, Ala. (October 14, 2011) –Tuskegee University’s Career Development and Placement Center held its annual Graduate and Professional School Fair, Thursday, in Logan Hall from 1-4 p.m. About 20 graduate and professional schools participated in the event and shared information about their programs with students.
“(The fair) gives the students a chance to keep their options open about what they want to do after they leave Tuskegee,” said Rasheeda N. Tucker of the center.
Representatives were present from a wide array of programs that included optometry, law, public health, humanities and agriculture. Students of all majors and classifications were welcome. A representative from the University of Notre Dame said a will to learn was one of the top characteristics needed for successful graduate school candidates.
“Graduate school is not just an extension of the undergraduate experience. You become much more independent in what you choose to learn,” said Nyree McDonald, associate dean of Recruitment and Admissions, who is also a Tuskegee alumna.
Besides possible graduate school candidates, some school representatives were also searching for future interns such as Trena Williams from Ohio Northern University law school.
“You don’t have to be graduating. We’re looking for freshmen and sophomores who might be interested in law, ” Williams said.
Williams said a law school education does not mean a student has to practice law. But the skills and knowledge are transferable in other fields such as government agencies, non-profits, banks and hospitals.
A growing interest in their field attracted University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health recruiters to Tuskegee’s fair. Recruiter Richard Bennett said his table had a steady stream of visitors during the event and that such interest would have been unheard of 10 years ago.
“We’re opening up our net. Tuskegee University with it’s (Master of Public Health) is making public health more attractive. Now people are being exposed on an undergraduate level,” Bennett said. “It’s been phenomenal.”
Trena Williams, left, a recruiter from Ohio Northern University law school speaks with an attendee at the annual Graduate and Professional School Fair on Thursday. The fair was hosted by Tuskegee University’s Career Development and Placement Center and held in Logan Hall from 1-4 p.m. About 20 graduate and professional schools participated in the fair.