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Preparing students for the workforce or graduate school is an important focus for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). Professional success doesn’t begin when a student wears a cap and gown, it begins the moment a student walks onto campus. This is where the LEAP program steps in. The LEAP program is built on four main principals: Leadership Skills, Industry Engagement, Career Advancement, and Professionalism. The program is designed to be an extension of the classroom and help students gain the professional skills needed to be successful for the future.

LEAP gives student a multitude of information, assistance, and advice in these areas:
 -Career awareness and exploration
 -Professional development workshops and seminars
 -Real-world experience through mentorship and internships
 -Focused networking events and skills development

How will you LEAP into your future?
1) Check out the LEAP Blackboard Calendar for upcoming events and workshops
2) Commit to completing your LEAP Passport.
3) Those that complete the program requirements will receive a certificate and graduation cords. All paperwork needs to be completed by Fall Break or Spring Break of a student’s last semester (NO EXCEPTIONS). Students are responsible for reporting activities completed.

The LEAP Passport is completed by earning a minimum of 100 points for participating in professional preparedness activities that span each of the categories described below. The values for each activity will be posted ahead of time and on the LEAP Blackboard site. The activities can be completed over a student’s time at WKU.

CATEGORY 1 (Professionalism) -15 points total
-Resume Development/Review (required)
-LinkedIn Profile (required)
-Register and Build Handshake Profile (required)

CATEGORY 2 (Leadership/Skill Workshop)- 20 minimum points total
Workshops in this category should related to areas of professional and personal development.

Examples include:
-Internship Forum
-Professional Image/Branding Workshop
-Networking Workshop
-Benefits/Salary Package Forum
-Graduate School Workshop

CATEGORY 3 (Career Advancement)- 25 minimum points total
Activities in this category relate to career advancement and internship opportunities. These activities prepare you for the workforce and your job/internship search.

Examples include:
-Career Fair Attendance
-Job Fair Preparation Workshop
-LinkedIn Workshop
-Career Exploration (Pathway U)

CATEGORY 4 (Engagement)- minimum 50 points total
Activities in this category involve active career exploration by attending networking events, job shadowing, internships, and conferences/lectures.

Examples include:
-Networking event
-Etiquette Dinner
- Job Shadowing
-Membership in a Professional Organization
-Attend a Leadership Conference
-Attend a Professional Lecture
-Present at a Conference

Fore more information on the SEAS LEAP program, please e-mail seas@wku.edu


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 Last Modified 7/6/21