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CSUSB vs University Arkansas, Pine Bluff, Finalist in Competition

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By BVN Staff –

The Opportunity of a Lifetime, a program of the Black Voice Foundation Inc. is proud to present the 2011 National Case Study Competition finalist. California State university, San Bernardino vs University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff.

Starting in August, each team was assigned a task to develop a diversity recruiting plan for an employer on their campus. Both teams, lead by university advisors, topped a list of 150 minority institutions nationally that were invited to participate in the competition.

The top 2 teams were announced this week and the both university teams have won an “all expenses paid” career development experience here in the Inland Empire. Both will present their findings at the 7th Annual Black Voice Foundation annual gala, December 1 - 4. The finals will be held at California State University, San Bernardino, December 2, 2010 at 10:00 am in the San Mantos Student Union.

Over $10,000 will be awarded between the (HBCU) Historically Black College and the (HSI) Hispanic Serving Institution.

Both teams are made up of minority students that come with a wealth of knowledge in their majors, and now, they will be presenting to a host of judges from several fortune 100 companies. "We are excited to see two historic and honored universities work so hard to continue developing their career skills," said Hardy Brown II, Executive Director BVF. By taking part in the program, students have developed many of the top ten skills sets desired by employers making them a more qualified candidate.

According to a 2011 study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), employers are searching for the talented (Generation X) young professional that not only has had success in the classroom and internship experience; but has developed the skills necessary to hit the ground running with the ability to think through complex issues while working on a diverse team. Regardless of the state of the job market employers are looking at the following skills: 1) communication skills (verbal), 2) strong work ethic, 3) teamwork skills (works well with others), 4) analytical skills, 5) initiative, 6) problem-solving skills, 7) communication skills (written), 8) interpersonal skills (relates well with others), 9) computer skills and 10) flexibility/adaptability. The Opportunity of a Lifetime is dedicated to working with students that attend minority serving institutions. We are reaching out to campuses nationally to assist their students reach their career goals in these hard economic times.

For more information, please visit www.bvfoundation.org or call 909.888.5040.

This year, we are proud to name our sponsors that have been supporting our student teams in their research efforts: National Park Service; UPS; San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; State Farm Insurance; Enterprise Holdings; Southern California Edison; California Black Media; B.A.C.E.(Black Association of Colleges & Employers); California State University San Bernardino; and Southwest Airlines the national sponsor and official airline.

The Black Voice Foundation www.bvfoundation.org for Media, History, & the Arts 501(c)(3) was founded in 1988 with a mission to train and educate individuals in print media. With the digital revolution, the rapid growth of technology in the world of communications and media, and the need to impact lives through a diverse set of multi-media platforms. The Foundation has expanded its mission to include digital and electronic media and a burgeoning set of projects in the fields of education, professional development, media, history, and the arts.

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