Defiance College Students To Attend Campus Career Preparation Conference |

Defiance College continues its strong commitment to workforce development by hosting its second annual Jackets January 12-14. This is a multi-day conference-style event focused on career preparation for students at Defiance College. Jacket Days will be held in person for students – with speakers and presenters being a mix of face-to-face and virtual.

Jacket Days offers Defiance College students the opportunity to participate in career panels, discussion panels, and sessions. Career Panels provide students with the opportunity to ask questions and network with a wide variety of leading industry professionals in fields such as criminal justice, education, social work, medical sciences and more.

Discussion panels allow students to have in-depth conversations with a variety of working professionals. Discussion examples include “Wonder Women: Highlighting Women Working Under Wrongful Conviction” and “Overcoming Impostor Syndrome,” which focuses on building self-confidence in the workplace.

Another key element of DC’s Jacket Days is the 30 sessions that students can choose to attend. The sessions explore many career-related topics, ranging from “What gets you out of bed everyday?” “To” How do you solve problems in the workplace? To “How does college athletics lead to success?” Which is led by former NBA player and current Big Ten Network commentator Len Elmore.

“Our Jackets Days have really started to take off,” said Defiance College President Dr Richanne C. Mankey. “Last year, due to issues related to the pandemic, there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding our first Jacket Days. However, it was short lived. The students and our professional guests quickly engaged in stimulating discussions; I expect that to happen again this year. The amount of learning that takes place is truly amazing and directly reflects the dedication put into Jacket Days. “

David Coleman is the opening speaker. Coleman is known around the world as the Dating Doctor. He has been honored 14 times as National Speaker of the Year – 11 times by Campus Activities Magazine and three times by the National Association for Campus Activities. He is the only speaker to win the national artist of the year award. He has been a guest speaker for all branches of the US military as well as for Purina, Sprint, Merrill Lynch, the Kroger Company and Federated. Coleman received a National Service Citation from President George W. Bush and has served as spokesperson for the Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG), Microsoft’s Streets and Trips campaign, Abbott Labs (Humira), English Leather Cologne and Coca-Cola brand Fuze. Mortar Board awarded him its Alumni Achievement Award and its alma mater, Bowling Green State University, awarded him the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Since Jacket Days reflects a professional conference format, DC students will be strongly encouraged to dress in formal attire and actively contribute to discussions. Each day starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. There are plenty of breaks, contests, and giveaways built into the event to help keep students engaged. There is also a large Beach Blowout to end the event on Friday night.

Jacket Days is part of DC’s Jacket Journey program. They are both part of Defiance College’s new Institute for Career Preparation and Lifelong Learning, which also houses the Career Development office. The DC Institute helps students strengthen their resumes, improve job interview skills, find internships and more. The college’s Jacket Journey program aims to integrate soft skills education into all aspects of campus life. Soft skills education includes the ability to adapt, think creatively, and then communicate ideas clearly. This new institute continually seeks to improve Defiance College’s 98% work placement rate. You can find more information about Jacket Journey at

(Information kindly provided by the school)

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