|Robert "Dain" Anderson meets with his career coach at the Prebys Center.|
The Conrad Prebys Career Services Center won’t be formally dedicated until March 23, but it’s been an active place for all students in the IU Kelley School of Business and corporate guests since the beginning of the spring semester.
This includes the 102 second-year KelleyDirect Online MBA students on campus March 3-9 for Kelley Connect Week, who met there with their Graduate Career Services coaches and took advantage of other resources offered at the school’s new $14 million Prebys Center.
The sessions were part of Kelley Direct’s comprehensive professional development program, which helps distinguish it from other online MBA programs. Having the new Prebys Center adds to the students’ experience, said Stephanie Gray, associate director of career services and professional development and one of the career coaches at Kelley.
“We have a wonderful facility,” Gray said. “I think the main differentiator between us and other online degree programs is that we are not taking the online student population and putting them aside. They are in the same building. They go to the same front desk. They go to the same coaches that our in-residence students go to.”
Spencer Hickman, of Chicago and a senior associate brand manager for a beverage company, agrees. “Having this as a resource as part of the online MBA has the opportunity to be extremely helpful,” he said. “Anything that can be done to integrate the online program with the residential program has the potential to increase the impact for Kelley Direct students.”