Alumni Contributions Fuel Career Readiness

Cal Poly finance students tour investment banks in Los AngelesMore than 400 Orfalea College of Business alumni and industry partners gave back to the college in 2015. Those contributions to the Dean’s Excellence Fund, large and small, add up to big impact on campus. So what did your donations support in 2015?

Industry tours for students.

In the fall of 2015, Orfalea College of Business clubs traveled to industry hubs to network with successful alumni and tour the offices of leading companies. The Dean’s Excellence Fund supported Cal Poly’s Financial Management Association (FMA) during its tour of financial firms in Los Angeles on Nov. 12 and 13. Sixteen top students toured One Capital, PIMCO, HFF and Capital Group where they explored the roles of finance professionals and talked about industry trends with each company’s leaders. The cohort was met by alumni at each firm who shared their insights into the industry.

The college supports these kinds of opportunities to enhance each student’s career readiness and knowledge of this fast-paced industry. The experience was timed to give students critical perspective on emerging roles in finance as recruiters arrived on campus for fall interviews. This fall, the Orfalea College of Business hosted its own Futures in Finance career fair, connecting top students with finance-focused opportunities in technology, consulting and retail products. This is the first finance-specific career fair the college has hosted.

Many contributions to the Dean’s Excellence Fund were doubled through employer matching gift programs. To find out if your company matches gifts to Cal Poly visit the university’s matching gift website and talk to your employer’s corporate giving staff.

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