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Conference aims to bridge gap between college, working-world skills

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The Senior Transitions Conference will bring together graduating students and businesspeople in an effort to close the gap between what colleges teach and what skills employers need in the workplace.

Set for March 29 and 30 at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg East, the conference is organized by Mansfield University and several other Pennsylvania colleges and universities: Susquehanna University, Bloomsburg University, Lock Haven University, East Stroudsburg University and Lycoming College. PSECU is the presenting sponsor, according to a news release. Other sponsors include Fastenal, ParenteBeard, Nationwide Insurance and Aerotek.

“This is the stuff students don’t learn in the classroom,” said Nichole Lefelhoc, co-conference coordinator and director of the Career Center at Mansfield University. “Students always graduate with a huge understanding of their field of study, but there’s not really a formal education model to show them how to negotiate life.”

This is the second year for the conference.

The workshops and seminars include “Evaluating the Job Offer and Benefits Package,” “Using Social Media to Land Your Dream Job,” “Finding Your Way Around a New Community,” and “Finances and Future Employment.” Students also will participate in a dining etiquette seminar during lunch so they can learn what behavior is socially acceptable when eating in a professional setting.

Companies presenting include Land of Lincoln Health Insurance, which operates in Pennsylvania; AlphaBioCom of King of Prussia; and Country Realty Pioneers of Wellsboro.

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