KENNESAW,Past and present students at Kennesaw State University (KSU) will soon participate in one of the most comprehensive career advancement programs available, the school says.

Those in the Career Growth MBAT, Master of Accounting and MBA for Experienced Professionals programs at KSU will be participating.

The Coles College of Business has contracted with Advanced Career Development Inc. (ACDI) to offer its services to MBA associates and alumni starting fall semester.

The program is designed to integrate the concept of career advancement from the first day of the program through a person’s entire working life.

Nearly 50 percent of students will change positions before they obtain their degrees, the school points out, and the average tenure of today’s executive is 2-3 years, and 3-5 years for middle management.

Each student is assigned a dedicated career counselor who becomes a partner for lifelong career success.

Participants can log on to ACDI’s Virtual Career Success Center to interact with their counselors and coaches, access databases to research 1.7 million companies and locate millions of industry contacts, and create resumes and write online learning journals.

Counselors also lead 25 “teleclasses” (lessons conducted via conference call) on a variety of topics.

There is no charge for students currently enrolled in KSU’s MBA programs. Alumni would pay $199, which is a substantial discount over what private individuals would pay for the same service.

Several top business schools have undertaken similar programs, but KSU is the first to embrace the concept in the Atlanta area, it says.

KSU is a residential institution with a student population of 15,600 from 123 countries. The fourth largest state university out of 34 institutions in the University System of Georgia, KSU offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.