UCLA Launches Career Coaching for Alumni and Continuing Education Students

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (NOV. 1, 2016) — The University of California, Los Angeles announced today the launch of a joint partnership between UCLA Extension, UCLA Alumni Affairs, and the UCLA Career Center to deliver individualized and customized online career coaching to all UCLA alumni and all UCLA Extension students and alumni through InsideTrack, the nation’s leading provider of student success coaching.

Participants in this new venture can select from three affordable subscription options that offer various levels of access to InsideTrack support resources, such as one-on-one meetings with a professional career coach; templates and tools to help create a career search plan; live workshops that teach the skills employers are looking for; and/or video tutorials offering job-search and career-development advice. All coaching components are available online anytime, anywhere through Inside Track’s uCoach® web and mobile platforms via ucla.insidetrack.com.

In a joint statement following the launch, Wayne Smutz, Dean of UCLA Extension, Angela Scales, Senior Director of Bruin Connections at UCLA Alumni Affairs, and Wesley Thorne, Director of the UCLA Career Center recognized the need both to prepare graduates and working adult learners for long-term career success in today’s competitive, rapidly changing labor market and to respond to top employers’ expectations for career readiness and outcomes. “UCLA alumni and Extension students expect access to first-rate professional development solutions. We are committed to providing our graduates and continuing education students with the support they need to thrive in fulfilling careers, and are excited to leverage the success of InsideTrack as a critical partner in helping us honor that commitment.”

Since 2001, InsideTrack has provided high-quality coaching to more than 1.3 million students/alumni at more than 1,600 academic programs nationwide, with a strong track record of improving outcomes and performance. In a recent survey of continuing education students using the organization’s Career Coaching at a leading continuing and professional studies institution, 95 percent agreed that it helped them make progress toward their career goals.

“Leading institutions appreciate their role in providing lifelong learning opportunities for their alumni,” said Carrie Lockhert, Associate Vice President of Client Partnerships at InsideTrack. “Through its strong emphasis on career preparation and continuing education, UCLA offers an outstanding model for others to follow. We are excited to be working with UCLA to equip their graduates and continuing education students with the skills and support they need to lead meaningful, choice-filled lives.”

Students enrolled in all of UCLA’s traditional undergraduate and graduate degree programs will continue to have access to the full array of career services—career advising, programming, and career fairs—offered through the UCLA Career Center.

About UCLA Career Center

The UCLA Career Center empowers undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni to make informed career planning decisions through innovative programs, discipline-specific coaching, and employer connections. It is one of the largest and most comprehensive career centers in the nation and located in the heart of the UCLA campus on Westwood Plaza. For information about the UCLA Career Center, visit career.ucla.edu

About UCLA Extension

UCLA Extension is the continuing education division of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). We offer courses evenings and weekends in Westwood and Downtown L.A., plus online courses available around the globe. Courses range from business, arts, engineering, and IT, to entertainment studies, public policy, public health, humanities, and more. Explore UCLA Extension at uclaextension.edu

About UCLA Alumni Affairs

UCLA Alumni Affairs manages the university’s engagement with more than 538,000 members. We actively keep the community informed about UCLA news, host celebrations of pride and tradition, facilitate professional enrichment opportunities and find meaningful ways to strengthen worldwide engagement between alumni and the University.

About InsideTrack

InsideTrack is passionate about student success. Since 2001, we have been dedicated to partnering with colleges and universities to create adaptive coaching solutions that generate measurable results. These solutions combine professional coaching, technology and data analytics to increase enrollment, completion, and career readiness. Our adaptive coaching methodology is based on the latest behavioral science research and knowledge gained from working with more than 1.3 million students and 1,600 programs. In combination with our uCoach® Platform, our approach optimizes student engagement and generates valuable insights on the student experience through predictive modeling, behavioral analysis and multichannel communication. Join us and the leading institutions, foundations and others working to bring the transformative power of education to all individuals. Visit us at insidetrack.com and follow us on Twitter @InsideTrack.

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