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So it’s that time of year again. Thousands of high school grads are packing their bags and heading to college. And for students at Carthage College, they won’t be immersed in the rhetoric of just landing a job. Instead, the college — based in Kenosha — is focused on leadership, service, research and entrepreneurship through a new program called Aspire.

Why?  Lisa Hinkley, vice president and executive director for career and professional development, explained that the goal of the program is to help students be “at the leading edge of building organizations.”

“So the program is really designed to continue building on a strong heritage that we have across the entire college, really, of faculty and staff. We’re committed to student success after graduation. And knowing that even with all that success, the labor market is changing,” she said.

With 40 percent of jobs expected to be radically different, being able to pivot and thrive in an ever-changing environment will be important qualities.

Download: Carthage College kicks off school year with Aspire Program

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.