The Champions of Change Challenge will be held on February 11 and 15th, in the heart of Black History Month and Philander Smith College’s Entrepreneurship Week.

Saturday, 2/11 is the day of the Challenge, where students work together to come up with an innovative solution to a specific problem. Wednesday, 2/15 students reconvene – along with members of the community and other local businesses to present their solutions for a chance at the grand prize. The presentations will be followed by a Career Mingle networking event before the winners are announced.

Any student currently enrolled at Philander Smith College!

The deadline for registration is February 3, 2023 at 11:59pm CST. You can register here.

We will add you to the private CCC LinkedIn group so you can stay updated on the Challenge and continue networking after the event! Also, it’s important to have a LinkedIn account established for the Career Mingle as you network with potential employers!

If you don’t have a LinkedIn account yet, that’s okay! You can go ahead and create an account in seconds and work on filling it out in time for the Career Mingle on 02/16 – all while having access to the group!

The challenge will be a real-world business problem and will be announced on Challenge Day, 02/11.

The grand prize of $2,000 will go to the winner of the Challenge, and the next two top teams will receive $1,000 each.

Think of it like a modern career fair! We’ve all been to the stuffy career fairs where employers sit down and wait for students to make their rounds. CCC’s Career Mingle allows students and employers to network in a more comfortable environment to foster more fulfilling communication! 

The Champions of Change Challenge is a collaboration between Philander Smith College, Southern Bancorp, and TeamWALT.