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Personalized Mentorship for Business Students

Personalized Mentorship for Business Students

Alverno’s innovative new three-year business degree program is not only helping undergraduate students graduate more quickly, it’s also giving them a unique opportunity to learn from mentors.

Students are paired with a professional coach throughout their academic journey, giving them valuable insights, offering networking opportunities and equipping them with practical skills. The coaches, who make a three-year commitment to guide and support students, get something out of the experience as well.

“Engaging with young, aspiring professionals offers these mentors a fresh perspective and keeps them connected with the latest trends and ideas in the business world,” says Steve Glynn, an Alverno business instructor who developed the coaching program. “Our goal was to have eight coaches. We had to cap it at 12.”

For Julissa Quevedo Aguila, class of 2026, the experience has been rewarding. “I love how it is not only about having a coach for college, but lifelong guidance for my career,” she says. Her mentor, who works for Bader Philanthropies, has offered to stay connected long after graduation. “She has helped me with my networking skills and been a source of reassurance.”

This unique initiative is bridging the gap between academic theory and practical, real-world experience. Coaches meet with their students at least once a month. Some students have even had the chance to visit their mentor’s job site for tours, allowing for more networking opportunities and further enriching the students' learning and professional development.

The possibilities don’t end there. Cindy Ruiz’s mentor encouraged the sophomore to apply for an internship at Northwestern Mutual usually reserved for juniors or seniors. “I applied, I interviewed, and I am excited to start working with them this summer,” she says.

Both students are grateful for the unique learning dynamic. Says Ruiz: “I know I have someone who genuinely wants the best for me and will help me succeed, someone who is always there when I need advice or help with anything.”

Companies involved include Northwestern Mutual, Harley-Davidson Motor Co., PNC Bank, UKG, Greenfire, Ready Rebound and Bader Philanthropies.

If you would like to be involved with Alverno’s coaching program, please visit this link for more information.

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