Grocer, Franklin Pierce teaming upBy MEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent
September 24. 2017 9:47PM
KEENE — Keene-based C&S Wholesale Grocers and Franklin Pierce University in Rindge are launching a scholars program this fall.
The partnership offers Franklin Pierce students on-the-job learning, paid internships and opportunities for full-time employment with the four-year C&S Scholars Program.
The collaboration is intended to prepare students for careers through real workplace experience. The grocery supply giant gains a local talent pipeline and an opportunity to employ new graduates who have already trained in fields such as accounting, marketing, communication, information technology, human resources and finance.
“We see these great students going to school here, and they seem to have an interest in living in New Hampshire,” said C&S program manager of college relations Melissa Farmer. “Our ultimate goal is to place them into full-time roles that help them with their next step. ... Not only are they familiar with the company, we know what they can do.”
The program, launching this fall, will begin by preparing freshmen and sophomores. When they enter their junior year, they will intern at C&S and as seniors will work there full time while gaining college credit for the projects they undertake at the company, Farmer said.
Edward F. French, dean of Franklin Pierce University’s College of Business, said the initial target for the C&S Scholars Program is 10 to 15 students.
“This number is subject to upward movement once the program has become seasoned,” French said. “The relationship with C&S also benefits many other FPU students ... through the guest lectures, career panels, mock interviews, and C&S internships outside of the Scholars Co-op program.”
“We’re really excited,” Dr. Kim Mooney, president of Franklin Pierce University, said Thursday.
Career planning at Franklin Pierce begins freshman year, Mooney said, and this collaboration with C&S ramps that up and is a great opportunity for students to get hands-on skills in a real workplace while obtaining experience.
Companies such as C&S need to recruit employees and Franklin Pierce has already done that recruiting, Mooney said.
Mooney added that, as the program is rolled out, faculty will collaborate with C&S employees and will integrate C&S employee training into the curriculum at the university.