BASF recently presented a $25,000 check to Southern University Baton Rouge for its Career Services Center.
The money will be used to add advanced capabilities such as virtual interviewing and remote training opportunities that will benefit not only students and alumni, but also potential employers.
"BASF is joining forces with Southern University to use technology to expand career opportunities for students and modernize the job-search process," said Tom Yura, senior vice president and general manager of the BASF site in Geismar. "The new technology center also will strengthen recruiting efforts for BASF and other companies by increasing our access to graduates whose skills match job openings in our industries."
The money will be used to purchase audio-visual equipment, conference room furniture, and other accessories to establish the new facility. Virtual interviewing made possible by the center will allow employers to interview job candidates at different locations in real time, which will increase scheduling flexibility and eliminate travel constraints and associated costs for employers and applicants.
The new technology center also will support and improve existing career development workshops, internship programs, leadership seminars, professional development courses, student employment sessions, networking events, mock interviews, and group training sessions conducted by the university's business and industry partners.
"We are thankful that BASF recognized the value of the new technology center for our students and provided the resources to make it a reality," said Tamara Foster-Montgomery, director of Career Services at Southern University. "We are expanding and strengthening our partnership with BASF to provide scholarships, internship opportunities and professional development for our most valuable asset - our students."