Oh the Places You’ll Go…

By Alec Maruki 23′

Students from the Office of Institutional Diversity’s Launchpad for Success program are on the move!

The Dewberry Hotel hosted the cohort on October 17 for an off-campus site visit. The tour kicked off with students introducing themselves and sharing their majors and hometowns. From there, they learned about the hotel’s founder – commercial real estate developer John Dewberry – the story behind the historic federal building in which the hotel is now housed and the day-to-day roles staff fill to ensure guests have a memorable stay the five-star hotel.

Intricately designed and outfitted with high-end décor, students were also treated to sneak peeks of the hotel’s guest rooms which range in both price and size. As one of Charleston’s premier hotels, The Dewberry’s top-notch hospitality was on full display as students were treated to a complimentary glass of “Dewberry Tea” and the hotel’s special blend of sweet-and-savory popcorn.

Career development teams emphasized during the visit included: transferrable skills, global fluency/intercultural competence, organizational culture, work ethic and teamwork. Students capped of the experience with an opportunity to share their resumes and schedule interviews for part-time job opportunities. One student secured a part-time position with the hotel, and another is currently being considered for a summer internship opportunity

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