Knox College, Millikin University Presidents to Discuss Education, Workforce Development Feb. 21

Presidents of two ACI-affiliated colleges and universities will discuss how students educated in the liberal arts and sciences contribute to a vibrant Illinois workforce, when they appear together at the City Club of Chicago Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Online registration for the luncheon is here.

The two presidents – Teresa L. Amott of Knox College, left, Galesburg, and Patrick E. White, right, of Millikin University, Decatur – will discuss “What Employers Want, We Do: The Liberal Arts and Workforce Development in Illinois.” The presidents will make a compelling case for the liberal arts and sciences, focusing on sought-after employee skills such as collaboration, communication, flexibility and problem solving, says Mick Weltman, ACI executive director.

 The City Club of Chicago meets at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 111 W. Grand Ave., Chicago.

ACI Career and Internship Fair March 23 at North Central College

ACI’s first Career and Internship Fair, Friday, March 23, is attracting prestigious employer partners and sponsors. Citi is the presenting sponsor of the day-long event at North Central College, in Naperville. TTX is sponsoring the keynote luncheon. A Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) National Venture Fund Challenge Grant of $21,750 and a matching gift from the Shure Family Charitable Trust support the initiative.

In addition to Citi, and TTX, the March 23 Employer Expo will include Allstate, Call One, Dayton Freight Lines, Inc., GROWMARK, Inc., Farmers Insurance, Morningstar, Northern Trust, Pepper Construction, and many other major employers ready to recruit from ACI member colleges and universities.

Register for the ACI Career and Internship Fair here.

ACI institutions are encouraged to send delegations to ACI’s Career and Internship Fair, where students can interact with prospective employers in both formal and informal settings (see the agenda).  The day includes skill-building sessions addressing in-person networking (sponsored by GROWMARK, Inc.), the diverse workplace (sponsored by the Financial Services Pipeline Initiative), first-time job searches and using LinkedIn to connect with employers. The Employer Expo and Networking Lounge will have morning and afternoon sessions, and a midday luncheon will convene employers, career services professionals and students to discuss the role of liberal arts graduates in the 21st century workforce. 

Employer Expo space and exciting sponsorship opportunities are still available. Employers should contact Executive Director Mick Weltman, 312-263-2391, ext. 0523, or 

Career Services professionals at ACI member colleges and universities can secure modest transportation grants to defer the cost of bringing students to the March 23 ACI Career and Internship Fair, thanks to the CIC and Shure grants supporting the event. For information on these grants, colleges should contact Leslie Millenson, director of special projects, at

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