Springfield, Ohio – On Saturday, Oct. 8, a selected group of students and alumni came together under a common purpose: to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Communication and Business Leadership Experience (CABLE).
Originally titled Communication Leaders (CL), CABLE is a professional development opportunity open to communication and business majors and minors. As part of the program, students learn how to present themselves professionally, network with communication practitioners in a variety of fields, conduct research and present recommendations to those professionals, and ultimately create a smoother transition for themselves into their career after graduating from Wittenberg.
“I joined CABLE because of the doors it can open,” Megan Bobbitt ’17 explained. “It's bridging the gap between undergrad and professional life, and everyone could use a little help and advice during that process no matter how ready you feel.”
After submitting an application, including a resume and personal statement, students interview with the program’s co-directors, Karen Reynolds, CABLE co-founder, and Tim Bode, assistant professor of business, as well as a current CABLE student. This year’s group of 11 joins 107 graduates of the program, all of whom participated in the program between the years 2007-2016.
“I have already gained a tremendous amount of advice regarding my career and have been able to learn what type of work environment I will most enjoy,” said Stephanie Glass ’17. “This kind of experience will help me to stand out in the job market and to feel more comfortable with the tasks that will be required of me in the workplace.”
To celebrate the 10th anniversary, CABLE will be hosting a reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the lower atrium of the Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center.
“The theme of this year, and the event itself is ‘Enable CABLE,’” Glass said. “The idea behind this is that all students who have participated in CABLE have been enabled in some way, whether it be personal growth, professional growth, networking, or finding a company for which they are excited to work. So much of business is relationship-oriented, and events such as this allow us to build relationships with the wide net of alumni who have participated in this program.”
“We also have a large amount of alumni coming back with a wide variety of professions,” Bobbitt added. “They are coming back to celebrate CABLE because it has meant a lot to them, so I am really excited to hear their stories. A lot of them have cited the skills and experience CABLE has given them.”