Quick Look at the Bantam Student Success Program

Over the last two days, the Career Development Office hosted the “Bantam Student Success Program” for Trinity students interested in learning more about career prospects. Dozens of people connected to Trinity as alums, supporters, students, administrators, and faculty participated in making the days meaningful.

Among the distinguished guests for different panels were alumnae, Jacquelyn Santiago (pictured left), the Chief Operating Officer at COMPASS Youth Collaborative, Inc, and Shakira Aida Ramos (pictured right), a Fleet Manager at Pratt and Whitney (UTC). Jacquelyn participated on the “Non-Profits” panel, while Shakira was on the “STEM” panel. Among their many accomplishments, Jacquelyn was recently named one of the Hartford Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” and Ramos was a Trinity College Trustee until 2010.

Santiago Cotto Ramos(Photo Courtesy of Joe Barber and Jacquelyn Santiago)

The education careers panel included Trinity alumna Crisanne Colgan , M.A. ’74, and Director of Urban Educational Initiatives, Robert Cotto, Jr., M.A. ’14 (pictured middle). Crisanne was a teacher and administrator in the Avon Public Schools district for several decades. She shared her path towards that career and some advice for current students. Robert Cotto also shared his path to becoming a teacher and working in educational policy.

The audience of roughly 20 students consisted of mostly sophomore and junior Trinity students. Their questions ranged from how to make the most of a liberal arts education, to what services students need today, and what is the best way to become knowledgeable about education policy. Hopefully this conversation will continue into next Thursday’s, “Careers in Urban Education” panel.