Business club offers networking and career guidance

So, get down to business and get with the club!

By Rodney Edwards

Special to The Knightly News

Do you want to join a club that will enhance your professional career?

The Central Penn College Business Club could be for you.

Business Club President Crystal Rinker with the author, who is the club’s vice president, at a recent Back to Clash Bash club fair on the college quad.
Photo by Cassandra Hillegass

The club offers members an array of opportunities to work with skilled professionals who have been in their industry for a long time and to link into a broad network that could kickstart a career while simultaneously learning the soft skills needed to become established in the competitive world of business.

The club’s mission is to create an environment for Central Penn College students focused on developing business education, and on professional and personal growth.

Once every other Wednesday, members and officers meet virtually through Teams at 6 p.m. A link is sent to members and to people interested in the club who contact the president or adviser (see information two paragraphs below)..  Students then have the opportunity to hear and interact with professionals from various career fields.

The club started in early 2021 with Kiele Hillegass as president. Crystal Rinker, the current club president, took over in January this year, and Professor Cassandra Hillegass is club adviser.

The business club has participated in social events around campus, such as the Back to Class Blast club fair. The club worked with Gamma Beta Phi to create a Friendsgiving, to connect students residing on campus over the Thanksgiving holiday break, by inviting them to meet in the multipurpose room to cook food and to socialize.

For more information, contact Hillegass at or Rinker at

Edwards is the business-club vice president. He wrote this article for a communications class Professor Paul Miller, co-adviser of the media-club, is teaching this term.

Edwards can also provide information about the media club. Contact him at the email address under his name at the top of this article.

Comment or story idea? Contact KnightlyEditors@CentralPenn.Edu.

Edited by media-club co-adviser and blog editor Professor Michael Lear-Olimpi.