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KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee Office of Career Services will host the Parachute College Program Monday, Oct. 31, to assist students in the transition from college to business life.

Of the three million students that graduated in the U.S. in 2004, more than a quarter are un-employed or underemployed. The Parachute College Program, inspired by the best selling book “What Color is your Parachute?”, aims to help students jump-start their business lives.

The program delivers its services to campuses nationwide via the Parachute Express Bus, a 40-foot, state-of-the-art RV/mobile office. Parachute staff, who are recent college graduates, use the bus as a traveling career center. They hold workshops for current students and distribute information.

Parachute workshops help students understand important aspects of life after graduation, including the balance between work and life, how to build good credit and financial planning.

“The finance and credit workshops are certainly very relevant,” said Katie Lown, UT assistant director for undergraduate business placement, “but we aren’t just about getting students jobs; we are about teaching students about life.”

In addition to the workshops, Parachute provides advice on starting a business, the job recruitment process and interviewing skills.

The Parachute Express will be parked outside of Hodges Library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31. The University of Tennessee is the 29th stop on the program’s 32 campus schedule.

For more information visit the Parachute Web site at http://www.parachute.com/college

Contact: Karen Collins (865-975-518