With a Centre College education in hand, 20 recent graduates were offered the opportunity to live abroad and work at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort this year as part of the resort’s hospitality team. This number has increased from 18 in 2016.
An Armed Forces Recreation Center in Germany for U.S. military personnel, Edelweiss Lodge is located in the ski resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen at the foot of the Bavarian Alps. Those graduates who have currently accepted their offers will work across this resort in areas of security and housekeeping and in the skiing school.
Since 2008, Edelweiss has recruited Centre students for 15-month positions on their hospitality team, helping U.S. service members relax with their families. Centre’s emphasis on community service prepares its graduates to take advantage of this unique opportunity to give back and support the U.S. military.
One of the few small schools from which Edelweiss recruits, Centre cultivates high-caliber applicants who impress Edelweiss’ recruiters.
Joy Asher, director of the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD), noted that Centre students have strong communication and leadership skills, which make them stand out to employers like Edelweiss. She explained that Centre’s campus has made community service a priority and that this mindset gives graduates a warm and welcoming attitude toward military personnel and their families.
“We were impressed with the commitment and sense of service demonstrated by the students, and this observation confirmed our belief that a year-plus experience at Edelweiss for new graduates could be a wonderful way for them to start their life of work and service,” President John Roush said, speaking of a past visit to the resort with First Lady Susie Roush.
Additionally, Centre’s small and close-knit culture has helped foster the College’s close and long-standing connection to Edelweiss as alumni offer advice to prospective applicants. CCPD also provides students with many resources to navigate the application process.
“We help [students] put together a resume and walk [them] through the application,” Asher said.
“Edelweiss [is] a great gap-year experience to see the world and become a stronger global citizen, as well as a great way to give back to those who have served our nation,” she continued.
The students represent part of the 98 percent of Centre graduates employed or in advanced study within a year of graduating.
“The leadership team at Edelweiss respects and appreciates the talent and work habits Centre students bring to their jobs,” Roush said, “The students who make their way to Garmish, Germany, do not disappoint.”
by Kathleen Murphy ’18
June 28, 2017