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Center for Business Development: In touch with students and new grads

As the staff of the Palmer Center for Business Development sees it, the best way to prepare students and recent graduates for the always-changing healthcare field is to provide them with the tools and people they need to succeed—whether online or face-to-face.

“We’re blending high tech with high touch to meet the 21st century expectations of our students and recent graduates,” says Vice Chancellor for Student Success Kevin Cunningham, D.C., Davenport ’88, Ph.D., who oversees the Center for Business Development.

To stay on top of current trends in chiropractic, the center now turns to an expert panel of advisors: Jeff Mackey, D.C., Davenport ’80; Frank Sovinsky, D.C., Davenport ’81; and Lora Tanis, D.C., Davenport ’89. Each was chosen because of their know-how in running successful businesses, the commitments they’ve made to the College and because of their vested interest in giving back to Palmer for the benefit of its students.

New services to be offered at the center include software that matches job seekers with employers based on shared preferences for specific techniques, philosophy and other interests. Additional services will include video résumés, e-portfolios, assistance with résumé writing, and job-interview coaching. Students also may opt for traditional, in-person interviews and participate in a mentor/mentee arrangement. Proposed topics for future business modules—or presentations—include website design, office layout, and the impact of recent healthcare legislation on chiropractors.

“The bottom line is that we are developing a co-curricular experience that complements the core curriculum with the goal of minimizing the amount of uncertainty that can be felt by students before and after graduation,” says Dr. Cunningham, who has served Palmer College in a variety of ways for 25 years, while maintaining a private practice for 21 of those years and earning his Ph.D. in education.

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