AUBURN – AT&T has given Auburn University’s College of Business $200,000 to support the new Office of Professional and Career Development. AT&T gave the gift through its philanthropic arm, The AT&T Foundation.
The gift will be used for technological equipment and applications such as computers, database subscriptions and computerized assessment tools.
“Support from corporate sponsors such as AT&T allows us to provide a comprehensive program to prepare our students for successful entry and advancement in the workplace,” said Paul Bobrowski, College of Business dean. “Auburn University is committed to addressing the academic needs of business and industry and to improving the student learning experience both inside and outside the classroom.”
Scheduled to open this fall, the new office will serve business students and student organizations by centralizing employers’ activities, including recruiting, career education, professional development and faculty relations.
Students will be provided with coaching assistance, career and industry resources and technology applications as they choose career options, develop job searching skills and learn how to identify and network with employers.
“We are pleased to work with Auburn University to provide business students and their future employers this important resource,” said Fred McCallum Jr., president of AT&T Alabama and a 1979 Auburn graduate.
AT&T’s previous gifts and pledges to Auburn include $400,000 for a program to reduce high school dropout rates and $150,000 to the College of Engineering’s minority engineering program. The foundation has pledged a total of $750,000 to the university.