Central Penn College - 2014 Business Partner of the Year named

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May 1, 2014 2014 Business Partner of the Year named

Central Penn College’s 10th annual Business Partner of the Year award recipient, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, was named today during the college’s annual town hall meeting for students, employers and community members. Hershey Entertainment & Resorts was selected because of its continued support of Central Penn, its mission and its students.

“We are delighted to honor Hershey Entertainment & Resorts because they have assisted our alumni and students in their career development in many different ways,” says Steve Hassinger, career services director at Central Penn College. “Opportunities for paid internships, part-time jobs, and full-time careers across a variety of majors abound with this company. Their talent acquisition team is always professional and responsive, and they are very deserving of this award.”

Hershey Entertainment & Resorts has hired many Central Penn graduates over the years for full-time, career opportunities. Many Central Penn students have worked part time with the company during their college years, gaining valuable experience and helping to pay for their education. Hershey Entertainment & Resorts has also offered valuable, paid internship experiences to students from a variety of majors. Representatives of the company have attended recruiting functions at Central Penn to educate alumni and students about career opportunities with Hershey Entertainment & Resorts and have conducted mock employment interviews of students to help them hone their interviewing skills. 

“Hershey Entertainment & Resorts is proud to be recognized as the 2014 Central Penn College Business Partner of the Year,” says Jennifer Mull, senior talent acquisition specialist at Hershey Entertainment & Resorts. “We value our relationship with Central Penn College and support their mission of preparing students for career success. We look forward to continuing and strengthening our partnership with the campus, faculty, students and alumni.”

The Business Partner of the Year event is a forum for Central Penn to thank the many employers and community members who have established a working relationship with the college and its alumni and students. This year’s breakfast revolved around a generational diversity theme. Many workplaces are concerned about the behaviors and attitudes of new employees and younger employees.

Employees of diverse ages tend to act differently in the work environment, and tensions often form between them. Discussion included effective ways to communicate differences and ways to adapt to generational changes. Employers also shared the challenges they face when hiring the younger generation, and provided advice to traditional-age students preparing for graduation.

Some other discussion pieces included: how to communicate differences without changing the workplace environment from its original form; how to stay away from generalizations about certain age groups; and how to educate one on the differences in the generational gaps. The event helped students and employers understand and explore expectations in the workforce.

Previous winners of the Business Partner of the Year award, who were recognized at the event for the 10th anniversary, include:

  • 2013 – Nationwide Insurance
  • 2012 - Capital BlueCross
  • 2011 - Metro Bank
  • 2010 - Holy Spirit Health System
  • 2009 - Highmark
  • 2008 -AmeriChoice Federal Credit Union
  • 2007 - Drayer Physical Therapy Institute
  • 2006 - Giant Food Stores
  • 2005 - Sato Travel

Businesses interested in attending the College's career fairs or helping with mock interviews may contact Steve Hassinger at 1-800-759-2727 or stevehassinger@centralpenn.edu.

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Central Penn College has been helping students turn potential into career success since 1881, now offering associate, bachelor's and master’s degrees in the fields of accounting, business administration, criminal justice, information technology, communications, healthcare, homeland security, legal studies and organizational leadership. The college, currently serving students at its Harrisburg, Lancaster and Lehigh Valley locations, attributes its high rate of student success to a caring faculty and its hands-on learning approach. Based on Central Penn’s most recent One-Year Graduate Survey, 87.8 percent of graduates were employed in their chosen field or continuing their education within one year of graduation. Central Penn College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. www.centralpenn.edu