San Antonio, TX–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–December 13, 2005–The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) is pleased to announce the creation of the Supporting Employment and Educational Development (SEED) Program. This is an important initiative involving HACU, corporations leading diversity efforts, and talented Hispanic professionals to succeed through employment and educational opportunities.
The highlight of the SEED Program is a resume database that HACU will host on its website which corporations will be able to access for a fee. This will give corporations an easy way to reach many qualified candidates for jobs in their organizations.
The SEED Program was formed in response to corporations and federal agencies looking to HACU to assist them in diversifying their workforce through the hiring of Hispanic professionals, including alumni of HACU’s nationally acclaimed National Internship Program (HNIP), graduating students, post-graduate candidates, along with faculty and staff.
“HACU currently leads the way for Hispanic students while they are in college with scholarships and internships. The SEED Program is another way HACU can continue to help students once they graduate and as they begin their careers in corporate America or through civil service at a federal agency, as well as Hispanic professional looking to advance their careers,” ”stated Antonio Flores, President and CEO of HACU. “Through this program HACU can be a lifelong resource to Hispanic students and professionals.”
Coors Brewing Company provided the initial financial resources to develop the technology to establish the program. As a longstanding supporter and partner of HACU, Coors recognized the importance of the SEED Program.
“Through our participation in the SEED program, Coors can effectively help students not only through their collegiate career but beyond,” said Rafael Fantauzzi, Corporate Relations Manager, Coors Brewing Company. “The resume database will be a great resource for any corporation or business to diversify their workforce. We are excited to be an inaugural sponsor of this program which will generate real results for any corporations’ money as well as provide great opportunities for Hispanic students and professionals.”
One of the first corporations to join the SEED Program as a Corporate Sponsor is The Home Depot. “We believe that our greatest competitive advantage is our associates and the diversity of thought and cultural background they bring to the workplace,” said Bob Nardelli, chairman, president & CEO of The Home Depot. “This partnership will help further The Home Depot’s ongoing commitment to create a high-performing, diverse workforce that meets the growing needs of its customers and the communities it serves.”
The SEED Program features several components:
1) Employment Link/Page on HACU Website – Corporate partners will be able to post their job vacancies or simply link directly to their own employment pages so job seekers can access any employment listings the Corporate partner has available from the HACU website.
2) HACU Resume Database – Corporate partners will have access to the HACU Resume Database to search for diverse talent to fill job openings. The database will represent regional and national candidates ranging from students to seasoned professionals.
3) Summer Intern Placement – HACU will place one summer intern within each corporation/agency for a 10-week internship assignment.*
4) Scholarship Award – HACU will award a one-time, $500 scholarship to the intern selected for the internship position.
5) Participation in a panel workshop at HACU’s Annual Conference Student Track – Invitation to serve on a panel during the Annual Conference Student Track featuring over 300 college students from across the United States.
* Some restrictions apply
The SEED Program can be accessed through HACU’s website at http://www.hacu.net. Hispanic professionals wishing to post their resumes in the database can do so at the same website beginning December 2005.
For more information on participating in the SEED program contact Ana Esquivel, Director of Corporate HNIP and Student Services, at (210) 576-3235 or firstname.lastname@example.org.