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Students’ work experience earns career center donation
Vector Marketing Corp. donated $1,000 to Georgia College’s Career Center for students’ sales performance during the annual Eastern Region College Bowl competition.
Georgia College students placed second Georgia College sophomore Kristy Vera; career center internship coordinator Michelle Berg; career center job development consultant Sarah Schanck; Vector division manager Trey Ketcham; and sophomores Alexandra Van Dyck and Josh Ramos. in the productivity category of the competition — giving the university’s career center its first-time win.
“The experience has been amazing because I’ve learned so many skills that will make me more competitive in job searches,” said sophomore Alexandra Van Dyck, who sold more than $26,000 in products during summer 2011. “Vector Marketing offers multiple scholarship opportunities for its representatives, which was awesome to become part of and represent my school.”
Vector donates money to schools’ career centers that placed first and second in each of its three categories: total sales per school, productivity per student and total representatives.
Schools participated from Delaware to Puerto Rico, said Trey Ketcham, division manager for Vector Marketing.
“Georgia College’s second-place win showed these students really worked hard during the competition to make their individual sales,” he said.
Georgia College’s top 10 category competitors included Furman University, Wofford College, Georgetown University, Duke University, Presbyterian College, Rollins College, Emory University, Clemson University and first-place winner Seminole Community College.
“This donation is the largest one-time amount the career center has received from an organization,” said Mary Roberts, Georgia College Career Center director. “Not only have our students been recognized for their success, but our center now has another way to provide more resources to our students.”
Headquartered in Olean, N.Y., Vector Marketing is an international corporation that sells high-quality kitchen cutlery and accessories.
Vector provides college students with a no-fee opportunity to earn money through its direct sales program. The company does not require students to purchase inventory or equipment to sell its projects.
Georgia College is an active member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), which connects career services professionals and provides best practices, research and professional development. Vector complies with NACE standards.
“It is important students realize some marketing organizations do charge fees to participate in their direct sales programs,” Roberts said. “We connect our students only to direct sales employers who comply with NACE standards.”
Along with direct sales, Vector teaches students communication, networking, leadership, business and time management skills, said Ketcham.
“We want students to leave Vector with confidence to create their own destiny,” he said. “We hope this competition continues to help students confront the uncertainties of entrepreneurship and strengthens their resumes.”