WFU associate director of Career Services wins Fulbright scholarship
July 6, 2009
Carolyn Couch, associate director of Career Services at Wake Forest University, will spend two weeks in Germany this fall as a Fulbright Scholar.
She is one of 25 scholarship recipients nationwide selected to participate in a group seminar on German higher education and society through the U.S. State Department’s Fulbright International Education Administrators Program. The group will visit universities in Berlin and other cities.
“Germany is renowned for their approach to workforce development,” Couch said, explaining why she applied for the program. “They have a dual education and apprenticeship system, which blends classroom instruction with real-world experience.”
Exposure to that system will provide valuable insights in her work with a Wake Forest committee charged with establishing a new mentorship program. Couch noted that many students she advises are interested in working abroad and that all graduates today enter a job market affected by worldwide competition.
“I think this experience will help me to prepare students for the global economy,” she said.
Couch joined Wake Forest as assistant director of Career Services in 1997 and became associate director of career services in 2000. Prior to coming to Wake Forest, she worked at Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C., and at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Meredith College in 1984 and a Master of Arts degree in student development counseling from Appalachian State University in 1991.