JacketConnect Creates Alumni, Student Career Bridge

by Natalia Kirychuk, Public Relations Writer

Cedarville University students now have a new venue to connect with alumni. Through “JacketConnect,” current students now have a way to establish networking opportunities with alumni, empowering them personally and professionally. The new program, which began Feb. 15, currently has 156 students and 711 advesers registered.

JacketConnect is a mentorship and engagement platform powered by Wisr, a tech startup based in Cleveland. Wisr makes it easy for students and alumni to create JacketConnect accounts by offering a sign-up option to import profile information from an existing LinkedIn account. 
Once students and alumni create profiles, a matching algorithm will connect students with alumni. Students can view profiles of hundreds of potential advisers – which includes alumni, parents and friends of the university.

Students can choose advisers and request a consultation session. JacketConnect will help take care of the introduction and all of the session scheduling involved.

“Cedarville University alumni really care about our students because they’ve been in their shoes and want to be a help,” said Stephanie Carroll, director of alumni relations and annual giving, who helped set up the program. “JacketConnect puts mentoring in the hands of our students in a way they’ve never experienced before.”

Wisr developed JacketConnect in partnership with career services and alumni relations offices at Cedarville University, Case Western Reserve University, Denison University, Oberlin College and the University of Chicago.

“This is a great way for alumni to give back to Cedarville University, and to empower the next generation of great Christian leaders,” said Ken Rucker, associate director of career services.

Interested students, alumni, parents or career professionals can visit cedarville.wisr.io/signup/ to sign up for the service.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,760 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit www.cedarville.edu.