Equine graduates link up with LEC students at virtual career forums


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Thriving graduates from LEC’s School of Equine Studies are opening current students’ eyes to what lies ahead – via real-time virtual career forums on Google Meet.

The student-led Equine Leadership Council has arranged for a second panel on April 4, 2018, this time to focus specifically on equine therapeutic horsemanship.

“The Equine Leadership Council is a group of equine students elected by their peers or nominated by their faculty to represent all of the various stakeholder groups in Equine Studies,” said Dr. Pamela Hess, dean of the School of Equine Studies. “We have representatives from every current class year, as well as each intercollegiate equestrian team and equine student club.”

At the group’s first forum on February 7, 2018, five successful alumni, one from as far away as California, appeared on-screen in the James F. Lincoln Library’s long distance learning classroom. Dozens of students learned how internships, networking opportunities and travel can unlock countless career paths in the equine industry.

Panelists included Kailey Blasius '16, sponsorship administrator at Equestrian Sport Productions; Dr. Emily Miller ’00, a veterinarian at the Cleveland Equine Clinic; Tatiana (Eagles) Parker ’16, assistant trainer at Quicksilver Farms, LCC; Debbie Rodriguez ’82, owner and manager of Success in the Saddle, USEF ‘S’ dressage judge and ‘r’ eventing judge; Faith Grimm ’83, USDF Silver medalist and dressage trainer at Peacock Hill Equestrian Center in Orange County, California; and April Woodward, owner and manager of Princeton Ridge Farms.

They advised their student counterparts to begin building careers and to acquire experience during college.

Lake Erie College empowers students to lead lives of personal significance and professional success. Our returning alumni prove as much.

For more information about career development at LEC, contact Eric Evans, director of student career development and experiential learning, at 440-375-7056 or erevans@lec.edu.

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