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Carson College of Business Carson Career Amplifier Program

Carson Career Amplifier Program

Program Overview

The Carson Career Amplifier Program is an integral part of the Next Carson Coug curriculum. This co-curricular program complements what students are learning in the classroom. Students will develop professional skills through engaging, hands-on experiences. The Career Amplifier leverages opportunities available to our students from across academic departments, the Carson Center, and University-wide programs in order to provide a structured learning experience that will develop students’ career readiness.

Based on a subset of the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ research-based career readiness competencies and one from the National Academic Advising Association Student Success, the Carson College of Business created a program focused on student retention and successful transition into the workplace.

NACE Career Readiness Competencies:

  • Career & Self-Development: Proactively develop oneself and one’s career through continual personal and professional learning, awareness of one’s strengths and weaknesses, navigation of career opportunities, and networking to build relationships.
  • Communication: Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with others.
  • Leadership: Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals, and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others.
  • Professionalism: Understand professional expectations and norms at WSU and in the workplace by demonstrating effective work habits, an act in the interest of the larger community and workplace. Demonstrate awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skill required to equitably engage and include people from different local and global cultures.

NACADA Student Success and Retention:

  • Student Success: Acclimate to the expectations of WSU and the Carson College of Business. Develop strategies and identify University tools/resources/services to help students transition to college and understand academic requirements and expectations.

Carson Career Amplifier Deadlines

As a co-curricular requirement for Carson College of Business majors, the Carson Career Amplifier Program must be completed in a timely fashion in order to actively progress through the program. Certain deadlines must be met in order to properly progress through the Carson Career Amplifier Program and your Business major. See the following chart.

BA 102 Semester

Tier I/Crimson Pathway I* Due

Spring BA 102 May 1
Summer BA 102 August 1
Fall BA 102 December 15

*If you are a Direct Transfer Student and are exempt from taking BA 102, you need to complete Crimson Pathway I and II by the time you graduate.

Graduation Deadlines

Graduation Semester

All Tiers/Crimson Pathway Due

Spring, Fall, or Summer Last Day of Finals Week

Incoming Freshman or students with less than 30 credits are TIER I-IV

Go To Tier I-IV

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Completion of Tier I or Crimson Pathway I are required for admittance into the college.

Students with 30 or more credits are CRIMSON PATHWAY

Go To Crimson Pathway


Tier I: Explore Your New World

Must be completed by the end of the semester in which BA 102 is completed. (This is a requirement to be admitted to the major)

Student Success:
Collegiate Foundations

Learn about a variety of resources, tools, and services designed to assist you at WSU and the Carson College of Business.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Attend ONE orientation event.
  • Complete ONE Resource workshop.

Student Success:
Community

Explore the WSU community and find ways to get involved.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Participate in finding your community by attending a meeting or joining a group: Greek life, intramural sports, clubs, marching band, WSU athletics, religious groups, cultural clubs, CAMP, EDGE, etc.

Professionalism:
Discovery

Attend a professional development event at the Carson College of Business, WSU, or in your community, and learn more about opportunities in business.

REQUIREMENTS:

Tier II: Chart Your Path

Highly recommended to complete in Sophomore Year. Must be completed before the end of the semester of expected graduation.

Career & Self-Development:
Exploration

Attend a professional development event at the Carson College of Business, WSU, or in your community, and learn more about opportunities in business.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Complete at least TWO career/professional development activities.
  • Participate in at least ONE higher involvement activity: industry treks, become a business club member, attend several meetings with an industry mentor, etc.
  • Complete the 2nd Exploring Your Potential (EYP) online course.

Communications:
Building Your Network

Learn how to effectively communicate with employers and build a professional network.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Attend at least ONE career networking event.

Student Success:
Collegiate Proficiency

Learn more about tools and resources to refine and implement your academic plan.

REQUIREMENTS:

Tier III: Expand Your Assets

Highly recommended to complete in Junior Year. Must be completed before the end of the semester of expected graduation.

Communications:
Marketing Yourself

Learn how to assess and articulate your skills and experiences to potential employers.

REQUIREMENTS:

Professionalism:
Equity & Inclusion

Demonstrate awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skill required to equitably engage and include people from different local and global cultures.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Attend at least ONE Equity & Inclusion event.

Professionalism:
Connecting Your Network

Strengthen communication skills through hands-on experience in networking.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Attend at least TWO career networking events and submit a written reflection about the experience.

Leadership:
Develop and Lead

Develop your leadership skills and strengthen job qualifications.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Complete at least ONE leadership development activity.

Tier IV: Carson Professional

Highly recommended to complete in Senior Year. Must be completed before the end of the semester of expected graduation.

Career & Self-Development:
Action Plan

Initiate your career action plan.

REQUIREMENTS:

Career & Self-Development:
Distinction

Participate in a high-impact activity relevant to your career goals.

REQUIREMENTS:

Career & Self-Development:
Career Essentials

Prepare to transition from student to professional.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Complete at least ONE career essentials workshop, lecture, etc: Financial Literacy, Navigating HR Forms, Success in the First 90 Days, and much more.

Communications:
Leveraging Your Network

Utilize your network to find career opportunities.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Attend at least THREE career networking events and submit a written reflection about the experience including a list of companies, contacts, and results of those you met.

Professionalism:
Pay It Forward

Provide feedback and give back to the community.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Report your post-graduation plans.
  • Find a way to give back to the Coug community. This can be done in any number of ways! Share your professional experience, put on an event, help another student, share your school experience with others, volunteer to help other Cougs! The opportunities are endless. If you want help thinking of a way to Pay It Forward, just email us! ccb.amplifier@wsu.edu.

Crimson Pathway: Transfer Students

Crimson Pathway I must be completed by the end of the semester in which BA 102 is completed. (This is a requirement to be admitted to the major)*

Crimson Pathway I (Only For Incoming Students with 30+ Credits)

First, you will engage in powerful self-assessments, use a variety of skills to continuously expand your opportunity spectrums, learn how to overcome obstacles, conduct effective research, and also experience a first-hand taste of different potential careers. Then, you will identify your assets and liabilities to develop new pathways for improvement, map out organizations and key players within your chosen industry, and create a powerful network of connections to guide you while navigating career steps.

Only required for incoming students with 30+ credits. This will satisfy all Tier I & II requirements.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Complete the first Exploring Your Potential (EYP) online course (if taking BA 102, it will be done in the class).
  • Complete the Resource Scavenger Hunt.
  • Complete ONE Equity and Inclusion Event.
  • Complete ONE Career Networking event
  • Complete ONE Faculty Engagement Activity

Also, if you are considering doing your High Impact Learning Experience with one of our projects listed as an option, you will need to submit the HILE Proposal Form.

Crimson Pathway II

You will expand your assets and transition to becoming a Carson professional by marketing yourself, connecting with your network, learning to develop and lead while preparing your action plan for your future, completing high-impact learning experiences and navigating career essentials setting yourself apart.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Complete EYP Course 2
  • Complete EYP Course 3
  • Complete EYP Course 4
  • Attend at least ONE Professionalism event
  • Attend at least ONE Career Networking event
  • Complete at least ONE Leadership Development Activity
  • Complete at least ONE Career Essentials workshop/lecture
  • Complete the Post-Graduation Plan Survey
  • Complete ONE Pay It Forward Activity
  • Complete ONE High Impact Learning Experience

* If you are a Direct Transfer Student and are exempt from taking BA 102, you need to complete Crimson Pathway I and II by the time you graduate.

** If you are a post baccalaureate student earning another undergraduate degree in business, you will only need to complete EYP Course 1 if you take BA 102. All other EYP Courses will not need to be completed if you are a post baccalaureate student.