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University of Iowa's Career Leadership Academy Graduates First Class of Students

Twenty-two students graduated from The University of Iowa's Career Leadership Academy on Nov. 16.

The Career Leadership Academy is a four-semester academic program that helps UI undergraduates develop their leadership skills. The program is divided into four phases each semester: The Self-Aware Leader, The Leader Who Understands Others, The Leader Who Interacts with Others, and The Leader About to Engage the World. The goal of the program is to prepare UI undergraduates to become successful professionals after college.

Within the Career Leadership Academy, there are opportunities for students to network with professionals; learn about multiculturalism, diversity, and intercultural development; engage in team-building workshops; practice resume and cover letter writing; learn effective communication skills; attend etiquette dinners; lead service projects; and explore a variety of career search tools.

The pilot phase began in spring 2007 with 56 students. Since then the program has grown exponentially; currently, there are 349 UI undergraduates enrolled in the program. It is anticipated that by spring 2009 there will be 500 students in the academy.

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