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Corporate Partnership Programs Increasing At College Career Centers

College career centers are increasingly creating corporate partnership programs, providing access to students to company hiring departments in exchange for thousands of dollars.

The partnerships include increased access to students, preferential treatment at career fairs and advertising on career center websites. Those in favor of the practice argue that the partnerships help ensure that students land fulfilling, high-paying jobs after graduation. But more traditionally minded career counselors worry that the partnerships have created a system that prioritizes large companies from wealthy sectors while shutting out employees from less wealthy sectors like education and nonprofits.