NEXTGEN to Bridge the Gap Across Professional Levels
Last year the society introduced a critical initiative, SCC NextGen, that will offer the necessary skills and training needed for career advancement. NextGen was designed to help young professionals (with less than 5 years of industry experience) and students further their education, so that they may attain successful and rewarding careers. NextGen will provide registrants with the confidence to enter the workforce knowing that their education and training are aligned with workforce needs and that they have the support of fellow colleagues.
The society plans to accomplish this mission by:
- Presenting critical Education tracks at meetings and events (eg. Critical Thinking & Innovation, Basic Cosmetic Science, Introduction to Polymer Science and Its Applications).
- Networking at national meetings and events.
- Coordinating small group projects where Mentees and Mentors engage in a technical area of shared interest. The goal for the Mentee is to present a paper or organize a workshop in the second year of program.
- Collaborating with universities to supplement the education of their students. All colleges/universities participating in the NextGen program are eligible to provide students with their first year of membership for free.