JCU taking care of business

James Cook University and the Townsville Chamber of Commerce have announced a partnership agreement that will kick-start the careers of JCU’s business and law graduates.

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Under the agreement, graduating students from JCU’s College of Business, Law and Governance will be given assistance to make the transition from the end of their formal education to the beginning of their professional career.

The Dean of the College of Business, Law and Governance, Professor David Low said all business and law graduates from JCU Townsville will also receive a complimentary 12 months membership of the Young Chamber of Commerce (YCC).

“I am delighted to be able to provide this opportunity to our students. It will allow them to further develop their networking skills and facilitate their entry into the business environment where they will be commencing their career,” Professor Low said.

Professor Low said the agreement will allow the College of Business, Law and Governance to support the Young Chamber of Commerce in Townsville to grow, with the college to organise and host two events every year.

“The partnership with the Young Chamber is one I have been keen to formalise, as the major local educator in Townsville, I see it is a natural fit for our college to support the Young Chamber in this manner.

“By supporting a number of events throughout the year we can assist in the further development of the already active program of the Young Chamber,” Professor Low said.

The YCC will support graduating students during their last semester of formal education and the first six months of their professional life.

There will be activities held on campus and off campus, which will be integrated with existing Chamber events. The activities will help develop networking skills and assist students to start developing their own professional networks.

The Chair of the YCC, Chris Rockemer said the agreement is a fantastic opportunity for the Chamber to boost networking and connections between business leaders and the future leaders of Townsville—graduating students from JCU’s College of Business, Law and Governance.

“We’re very proud to formalise the agreement. It’s testament to how important the Chamber sees partnerships with the College.

“It is a true win-win scenario, where students receive support transitioning to their professional careers and the Chamber can deliver to future leaders its charter of economic growth, job opportunities and development for the Townsville region,” Mr Rockemer said.

The Executive Officer of the Townsville Chamber of Commerce, Marie-Claude Brown said the Young Chamber is there to engage the next generation of Chamber members and the next generation of Townsville’s business leaders.

“It is important to support the transition of graduating students into professional life so they can become those leaders and be a voice for local businesses,” she said.


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