Island University Launches First ‘Islander Apprentice’

Published: March 04, 2013

Island University Launches First ‘Islander Apprentice’

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Career Services launched the first “Islander Apprentice” competition March 1 in the University Center, where contestants were divided into two teams, selected their team names, and competition assignments and rules were explained.

The Islander Apprentice is a two-month program in which contestants participate in two, separate month-long projects. During the first project, which runs from March 1-26, each team must get community businesses to show their Islander Spirit by committing to several different business deals. The team that obtains the most business agreements will win the first round.

“This competition is a good way to show our school spirit,” said Valerie Ferdin, senior mechanical engineering major. “We get to practice our knowledge and improve skills.”

The second project runs April 4-27 and will focus on alumni relations. After the final project, the first Islander Apprentice winner will be announced.

“We want them to build all of the skills that center around career services such as building future relationships, and establishing leadership,” said Patricia Chastain, Career Counselor in the College of Business. “This competition is about building teams and meeting new people.”

The winner will have the opportunity to job shadow with Susser Holdings later in the semester, and receive several prizes.