Castleton Downtown Expands Community Partners
Castleton College's List of Local Partnerships Surpasses 400 Affiliates
Castleton, Vermont (PRUnderground) May 13th, 2015
As Castleton continues to expand far beyond the campus borders, so does its growing list of community partners.
Since the opening of Castleton Downtown in January, located on Merchants Row in downtown Rutland, the College’s list of community partners has come to incorporate more than 400 campus-wide affiliates and various strategic partnerships with area organizations, including the Rutland Young Professionals, NeighborWorks and Evolve Rutland, that will help further enhance the quality of a Castleton education.
“The goal of Castleton, and the Castleton Downtown office, is to connect students with meaningful learning experiences with local businesses, nonprofits, schools and local and regional municipalities and community organizations,” said Director of Community Engagement Chrispin White, who is spearheading internship efforts from the new office. “Our partnerships also provide our students with networking and mentorship opportunities, while providing our community partners with a fresh and insightful talent base from which to draw.”
The building of this infrastructure plays a prominent role in helping Castleton achieve the forward-thinking goals of “Castleton on the Move,” a strategic plan that maps out the next decade of the college’s growth.
The center has worked to match and connect college programs and students with the specific needs of local business and community partners through internships and community engagement opportunities, benefitting both Castleton students and local community organizations.
Students receive mentorship, valuable experience related to their future career goals and opportunities to network with professionals in their chosen field of study, while businesses and community organizations benefit from work performed by enthusiastic and skilled students from a growing pool of applicants, who may be interested in future employment.
“These valuable partnerships provide a variety of opportunities for our students to explore their career choice, complement their educational experience, strengthen their understanding of diversity and social responsibility, and develop skills to become knowledgeable leaders who contribute to a global society,” said White.
About Castleton State College
For more than 225 years, Castleton has been helping students to realize their dreams through an educational approach that focuses on connecting with them as people inside and outside the classroom.
Over generations, the tools of our teaching have changed considerably, but the heart of what we do has remained constant. The relationships that our faculty builds with their students take a Castleton education far beyond the goal of merely imparting knowledge and preparing people for jobs. Our faculty are indeed experts in their respective fields, but they seek to produce graduates who will aspire to more than a successful career. In partnership with Castleton’s academic, student life, and athletic staff, they aim to graduate leaders who will make an impact for good on both their local community and the larger world. At Castleton, you will be challenged intellectually by an academic program that expects the best of your effort and energy. You will also become part of a close college community where people care about each other. According to President Dave Wolk, Castleton\\’s students can make a difference in the College before they go out to make a difference in the world.