Marilyn Davies College of Business Career Center Receives Gift
The Kroger Companies Gifts the College $10,000
By Sheryl E. Taylor
Recently, UHD’s Marilyn Davis College of Business Career Center (MDCOB) received a $10,000 gift from the Kroger Companies.Kroger joins the ranks of companies, such as Phillips 66, Texas Mutual Insurance Services and Enterprise Holdings as contributors to the Center’s Employer Partnership program, to ensure the continuation of important career development resources provided by the Center.
“Kroger is thrilled to be able to make this $10,000 investment to UHD’s Business Career Center,” said Miles Bocock, Kroger’s Division Human Resource Leader. “Supporting higher education and education at all levels is a cause we feel is of great value to the communities we serve. Providing access to continuous learning and developing tomorrow’s leaders through growth and development is something we strongly support.”
Last year, Kroger introduced the tuition reimbursement program, Feed Your Future, for Kroger’s current and future associates to take advantage of programs like those offered at the College’s Business Career Center.
“We are proud to be a partner in providing funding for the educational opportunities at UHD,” emphasized Bocock.
Since its inception in 2014, the Center celebrates its’ fifth anniversary this month and continues to strive to introduce area employers to the incredible business student talent at UHD.“
The Kroger Company, which owns and operates nearly 2800 supermarkets and multi-department stores nationwide, is ranked 17th among Forbes Fortune 500 companies, and is the largest supermarket chain by revenue in the country, has also been a consistent employer for UHD’s graduates and undergraduates for many years,” said Brett Hobby, director of the Davies Career Center. “We are extremely grateful for these needed funds that will be used to conduct programming in order to better prepare our students for the transition to becoming business professionals. Through this partnership, we anticipate more opportunities will be created for students to connect with Kroger’s vibrant careers and internships.”
The MDCOB Career Center assists students in finding meaningful career paths, job-seeking development skills and connections with employment opportunities to become successful business professionals.
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD)—the second largest university in Houston—has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.
As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz. Annually, UHD educates more than 14,000 students; boasts over 50,000 alumni and offers 44 bachelor’s and eight master’s degree programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service, Sciences & Technology; and University College). In 2018, UHD grew its First Time in College student population by 11 percent and transfer students by 14 percent.
UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston. It also is ranked among 15 U.S. universities with lowest net price to students (according to the U.S. Department of Education). The University is noted nationally as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Minority-Serving Institution. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.