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  • Career Readiness Series

    Career Readiness and Student-Athletes: A Unique Perspective from The Ohio State University

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    • Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
    • Time: 1 – 2 p.m. ET
    • Location: Online

    • Career Level: Basic- and intermediate-level career services professionals
    • Competency: Brokering, Connecting, and Linking
    • Fee: $119 (member); $199 (nonmember)
    • Summary

      What can your career services office do to increase career planning initiatives for student-athletes? How are the needs of student-athletes unique regarding career planning?

      The Ohio State University has spent years fine-tuning a comprehensive four-year career plan for student-athletes. During the plan development, the Student-Athlete Support Services Office (SASSO) has gained valuable insights into supports needed by this unique population.

      Join program managers, Brittany Savko and LaToya Farris, as they dissect the student-athlete experience. Gain an understanding about The Ohio State University’s student-athlete programming and newly enacted developments and how these have helped support staff increase engagement.

      Following this program, you will be able to:

      • Understand the student-athlete experience;
      • Enhance student-athlete specific programming and outreach; and
      • Identify methods to engage with athletic department staff and student-athletes.
    • Event Details

      Registration includes three-month, post-event access to the webinar archive.

      To view the presentation, supplemental materials, attendee list, your receipt, and your confirmation, use the “I’d like to” option next to the Career Readiness Series: Career Readiness and Student-Athletes: A Unique Perspective from The Ohio State University 3.12.19 listing in MyNACE > Purchase History. The presentation and supplemental materials can be accessed in “View Course.” Remember to download your copy of the presentation deck (available one to two days prior to the webinar). A video archive will also be available in the Learning Platform within five (5) business days of the webinar’s completion.

      To see the NACE cancellation policy, please visit our FAQ page.

    • Format

      During this one-hour webinar, the presenter will deliver a synchronized audio and PowerPoint presentation. Participants will have time for live Q&A throughout the program, and may be asked to contribute opinions or feedback via live chat, virtual polling, and other mechanisms.

    • Presenters

      LaToya Farris

      LaToya Farris, Program Manager, Student-Athlete Career Management, Ohio State Athletics

      LaToya Farris joined the Ohio State University athletic department in August 2014 as the assistant director of student-athlete career management. In her role, she prepares student-athletes to achieve their career goals and future pursuits. In addition, Farris meets with employers and constituents to provide opportunities for student-athletes to enhance their career development. She also oversees the Huntington Bucks Go Pro internship program that allows student-athletes to gain valuable work experience within the athletic and campus departments. During her time at Ohio State, Farris has implemented the four-year career plan and Buckeye Futures Fair. As her role transitioned to the Student-Athlete Support Services Office (SASSO) in June 2017, Farris has added to her role by being more involved in student-athlete development programming. She was on the planning committee of the Women’s Basketball Final Four hosted in Columbus in 2018.

      Prior to her role, Farris worked as an assistant director at career and employment services (CES) at Kansas State University. In her 10 years at CES, she helped numerous students from all disciplines with enhancing their resumes, and interviewing, grad school and job-searching skills. Farris is most proud of establishing the career closet for all students to use to acquire gently used professional attire.

      Farris' additional experiences in athletics involve operation management, being a track official and member of N4A. She has also served as an adviser to student organizations and on-campus committees, and volunteers in the community. Farris is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

      When not attending athletic events, Farris enjoys eating, shopping, working out, and adding to her Chuck's collection.

      Brittany Savko

      Brittany Savko, Program Manager, Student-Athlete Development, The Ohio State University – Student Athlete Support Services Office

      Brittany Savko is program manager for student-athlete development at The Ohio State University. Fall 2018 marks the beginning of her eighth year with the student-athlete support services office, where she has held multiple roles supporting and enhancing the student-athlete experience.

      In her role, Savko coordinates programs and resources related to five comprehensive areas: academics, personal development, involvement, inclusion, and professional development. Her work helps Buckeyes enhance their career readiness, foster independence and critical thinking skills, and increase a sense of belonging and purpose. Highlighted programs include international service-learning experiences; graduate school preparation; resume and cover letter development; Student-Athlete Advisory Committee; and nominations for campus, Big Ten Conference, and NCAA leadership opportunities. Savko’s commitment to life skills and student development doesn't end with her full-time position. She has five years of experience serving on the national board of directors for Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority, Inc., most recently as former national executive vice president. Savko is engaged in the community through Young Executives for Success, benefitting Dress for Success Columbus and her alma mater’s alumni association volunteer events. Additional involvement includes the National Association of Academic & Student-Athlete Development Professionals (N4A), Big Ten Conference Student-Athlete Development Administrators, Ohio State’s University Career Services Committee, and NACE.

      With a passion for helping others grow, Savko is currently pursuing a master’s degree in work force development and education, specializing in adult learning and human resource development. She graduated from Ohio State with two bachelor of arts degrees in anthropology and sociology in 2011.

    • Certification Credits

      Continuing Education Clock Hours:

      NBCC – 1 clock hour; Credit will be issued to the named registrant and/or colleagues from the same organization upon verification of attendance by the named registrant.


      NACE has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5161. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NACE is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


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