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Wall Street Journal Advocates for More Fellowship-Like Experiences for Recent College Grads


The Wall Street Journal recently ran a section of articles on leadership, one of which focused on why companies are having trouble finding the employees they need. One reason: Lack of training.

Recent college graduates often have a particularly hard time and find themselves in a bit of a catch-22 as employers are looking for experience, but these young professionals cannot get that experience unless someone hires them. The WSJ makes the argument that one thing employers really need to do is revive aspects of the apprenticeship; this allows them to gain skilled employees without having to pay for both training and a salary.

El Pomar Foundation has been doing something in this spirit with the Fellowship program.

For 20 years the Fellowship has been built around the idea that outstanding organizations and communities don't just happen—they evolve when great potential meets great leadership. The focus of the Fellowship is on cultivating the next generation of leaders in the state of Colorado. 

What's in it for the recent college graduates who devote two years to the program?

A hands-on experience that combines on-the-job training with a solid background in leadership theory. Fellows learn everything from marketing and development to management and leadership--and they go on to become nonprofit CEOs, public officials, graduate students, and business executives. No matter their path, Fellows leave with a singular awareness that binds them together wherever they land. The El Pomar Fellowship produces leaders who take an active role in their communities, equipped with the tools to make a difference.

Interested in applying or know someone who might be? Click here for more information.