Recently, Delta partnered with Georgia State University's J. Mack Robinson College of Business to open the new Delta Student Success Center on March 29. Made possible by a $2 million grant from The Delta Air Lines Foundation, the state-of-art 27,873 sq. ft. facility boasts various meeting, breakout and interviewing rooms as well as a large student lounge overlooking Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta.
The Delta Student Center unites three college units focused on ensuring students develop business communication skills, have access to experiential learning opportunities and connect with businesses for internships and jobs. These components exemplify many of the elements that make Georgia State synonymous with academic innovation.
"The college's vision is 'No one gets closer to business than Robinson,' and the Delta Student Success Center physically embodies that statement by bringing together students, alumni and faculty with members of the business community to prepare our students to innovate, create, lead and add value from the start of their careers," said Richard Phillips, Dean of Robinson College. "We are profoundly grateful to The Delta Air Lines Foundation for their generosity. This facility is a tremendous step forward for Robinson as we build the business school of the future."
Joanne Smith, Delta Chief Human Resource Officer and a trustee of The Delta Air Lines Foundation, represented the company at the ribbon cutting ceremony.
"We are honored to partner with Georgia State University as it is the largest talent pipeline into Delta. This partnership is so important because Georgia State University is the largest university in Georgia and Atlanta, and Delta is the largest employer in the city. Delta has a long-standing partnership with Georgia State as many Delta employees are Georgia State Alumni."
Tad Hutcheson, S.V.P. of The Delta Air Lines Foundation said, "Giving back to the communities where Delta people live, work and serve is at the core of our values. The Delta Air Lines Foundation has a long history of serving communities, and we are proud to help advance education and the mission of Georgia State University's Robinson College of Business through the Delta Student Success Center."
About the Delta Student Center
The Delta Student Center houses the J. Mack Robinson College of Business — Office of Undergraduate Academic Advisement, which uses Georgia State's pioneering analytics-based advisement system to help students achieve academic success at rates that exceed national expectations; the Office of Signature Programs that offers unique experiential programs such as the Panthers on Wall Street, Panthers in the Valley and Panthers in D.C. city immersion, Panther Accelerated Consulting Experience and WomenLead courses; and the Career Advancement Center that takes the lead in securing external partners for the immersive experiential learning opportunities, a key initiative in the college's strategic plan.
About The Delta Air Lines Foundation
Formed in 1968, The Delta Air Lines Foundation is a nonprofit corporation enhances Delta's charitable giving. The Foundation is focused on the key areas of education, health and wellness. Foundation contributions are often unrestricted, allowing recipients to use funds where they are needed the most.