UC Clermont

About the EXCITE Center

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Mission

The mission of the EXCITE Center is to deliver innovative career experiences through engaging in experiential learning activities that prepare students for the workplace and train skilled employees for business. We do this by providing best-in-class career education, strategic employer partnerships and effective training.

Support for University Initiatives and Long-term Strategies

Through the Next Lives Here strategic vision - the University of Cincinnati has defined a new paradigm and a bold focus on impact and innovation. This purpose-driven direction includes an Innovation Agenda, one which the EXCITE Center will integrate into reinvented experiential learning initiatives that will engage students and employers in bold new ways. This includes:

  1. New ways of thinking about co-op including embedding employers into classes and providing real-world business problems to classes to solve;
  2. Custom internship and co-op experiences;
  3. Preparing students for experiential learning opportunities through workshops and programs;
  4. Strategic alliances with community partners and agencies to pioneer alternative pathways to careers.  

Most importantly, EXCITE is developed around the idea that in order for the Center to be successful, we must be willing to adapt and change to the speed of business. 

Why EXCITE?

For employers, EXCITE represents our door to the business world. The Center becomes the hub of engagement, creating a highly functional one-stop-shop for partners who engage our regional campuses in both experiential opportunities as well as training and development for employees. The EXCITE Center encompasses both UC Clermont and UC Blue Ash campuses. 

Goals

The goals of the EXCITE Center are aligned with UC Clermont and UC Blue Ash’s strategic plan, as well as the University’s strategic direction. These include:

  • Develop best-in-class career education initiatives to meet the needs of students on the UC Clermont campus

  • Establish the EXCITE Center as the go-to resource for employer engagement on the UC Clermont campus

  • Strengthen employment-driven relationships with area businesses and community partners 

  • Build a pathway for students to engage in innovative projects and career experiences

  • Secure the spot as the premier workforce training provider in the Eastern Region

EXCITE Center Staff

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Monika Royal-Fischer

Monika Royal-Fischer, M.S., is co-founder and director of the EXCITE Center, an innovative career and experiential learning center at UC Clermont. UC Clermont is one of the University of Cincinnati’s two regional campuses. She is also the founder of the UC Clermont Career Closet, a career wardrobe resource entirely funded by donations, that’s available to both students and community-based job seekers. When she’s not working with students to polish resumes and plan their career paths, you can find her working with businesses to develop partnerships that include apprenticeship, internships and corporate workforce training. She also spends time in the classroom, both as a workshop facilitator of topics like LinkedIn, personal branding and strengths –but also as an instructor, teaching business and marketing classes. She has received awards including the Cincinnati Business Courier’s “40 Under 40”, the University of Cincinnati Provost Staff Excellence Award and Clermont Chamber’s Career Prep Educator of the Year.  
 
Monika is very active in the community, including serving on the Area 12 Workforce Investment Board as the Education Chair, as well as the local organizing committee for the Clermont County Chamber of Commerce Work Readiness Initiative. She enjoys cooking shows, HGTV, and spontaneous unique adventures with family and friends… not necessarily in that order. 

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Glenda Neff

Glenda Neff, M.Ed., is director of workforce and training programs at the EXCITE Center.  She has 26 years of experience in designing and delivering customized credit and industry training programs  in flexible formats that meet client needs.  She also has written and managed more than $2 million in federal, state and local grants that serve Clermont College students and the surrounding community. Her instructional interests include strengths-based assessments, group dynamics, student leadership, and career readiness.  

In the community she currently serves on the Batavia Local Schools Foundation and was the district coordinator for the Chamber Work Readiness Initiative.  She also has served on the Clermont Family YMCA Board, the Clermont Chamber Lifelong Learning Committee, the League of Women Voters, and as education representative to the Area 12 Workforce Investment Board. She has received awards for UC’s Honor Roll of Volunteers, Clermont Family YMCA Volunteer of the Year, and Batavia Business Partner of the Year.