Learning doesn’t stop after graduation. In some ways, it begins — and, at the very least, continues. However, focusing on post-degree development can be challenging, especially for new graduates. In an effort to support Cougs as they navigate life after college, the WSUAA is dedicated to crafting programming that specifically addresses these struggles.

This spring, the WSUAA is working with BECU to conduct financial literacy training events in Seattle and Spokane, as well as online opportunities for those in other areas. Additional in-person events will be brought to other campuses throughout the coming year. The programming will include relevant tools such as information on managing a budget and student loan payoff, tips for purchasing a house, and other pertinent topics.

Also coming to Seattle this May, the first-ever WSUAA Women’s Summit will focus on helping women achieve success in their chosen profession. Noel Schulz, electrical engineering professor and WSU’s first lady, will be the keynote speaker, joining other highly talented alumnae to guide female Cougs on their paths to greatness.

Available online, the first class in the Cougar Career Academy provided ways in which Cougs could maximize their job search opportunities. This collection of online workshops is designed to provide graduates with the necessary tools for advancement by connecting them with career development professionals and field experts. This spring, additional classes will focus on résumé building, LinkedIn networking, and more to help guide participants professionally. While all WSU alumni and students are welcome to participate, these workshops place a special emphasis on recent WSU graduates.

For those of all ages who are interested in furthering their personal development, the Alumni Learning Network is available year-round for WSUAA members. Individuals may take classes, designed by WSU faculty, without paying tuition or worrying about exams.

The WSUAA has much more to come for those looking to advance their careers. WSUAA chapters around the country will be focused on networking opportunities within each group, in an effort to connect Cougs with one another.

To learn more about WSUAA programs intended to help alumni excel in life after college, visit alumni.wsu.edu/lifeaftercollege.