NM Tech Senior Named to Monster's Diversity Leadership Program

Vanessa Bareal

by Monster.com

SOCORRO, N.M., April 17, 2007 — New Mexico Tech senior Vanessa Barela of Rio Rancho, New Mexico has been selected for Monster’s 2007 Diversity Leadership Program in Dallas, Texas this summer.

Vanessa is a senior at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology where she is majoring in environmental engineering.
Monster, the leading global online careers property and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide (NASDAQ: MNST), recently announced the winners of its 2007 Diversity Leadership Program (DLP). This interactive program helps college students from diverse backgrounds develop practical life skills, obtain scholarships and explore career opportunities with leading U.S. companies. Now in its sixth year, the DLP will take place in 10 cities throughout the summer.

More than 24,000 applicants competed to attend 10 separate weekend conferences around the country. Only the best college students are chosen.

The Monster DLP is a highly selective leadership program designed to help college students of diverse backgrounds. The DLP combines education and entertainment to help students build life and employment-related skills, including resume writing, goal setting, career development, motivation and diversity awareness. In addition, the program offers networking opportunities with executives from premier companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Target and Lockheed Martin.

The Diversity Leadership Program is a valuable experience in making the transition from college to career. Throughout the weekend, students gain valuable information on how to emphasize their skills, experience and accomplishments. They also develop a network of talented and diverse student leaders and premier contacts with employers.

DLP selection criteria include a student's demonstrated leadership abilities, extracurricular activities, and their grade point average (GPA). Monster reviews thousands of applications to find student leaders who have been exposed to a distinctly "diverse" environment, as defined by the applicants themselves. As part of the broader program, DLP students participate in a three-hour course on diversity to better prepare them for the working world.

Students attend the DLP at no charge, as the program is funded through corporate sponsorships. Platinum Sponsors Include: PricewaterhouseCoopers, Lockheed Martin and Target. Other national sponsors include: Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Cardinal Health, Catholic Healthcare West, Centex, US Navy, and QTG (Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade).

Over $90,000 will be awarded in scholarships to students throughout the summer sessions. Monster will raffle off I-pods, laptop computers and several other valuable prizes to students at each location.