Can a Jefferson Degree
Make Graduates Robot-Proof?

Fostering creativity and innovation gives grads an edge as they enter the workforce.

The rapid advancement of automation, artificial intelligence and technology is catalyzing intense, unpredictable and constant change in the workplace.

“We need to help our students be as flexible, adaptable and optimistic as possible,” says Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel, assistant provost for academic affairs at Jefferson.

She’s also director of Jefferson’s new Creativity Core Curriculum, one of the many ways the University prepares students for the jobs of 2042, not just 2022.

With World Creativity and Innovation Day on April 21, The Nexus looks back at our stories that highlight how Jefferson gives graduates an edge as they start their careers.

Student juggling

Creativity Core Curriculum Encourages Lifelong Learning
Helping students to step outside their comfort zones, the curriculum expands in its second full year.

Exploring Jobs of the Future: Hemp and Cannabis
Industrial hemp and cannabis will grow to a combined $210 billion global market by 2028. We’re preparing students for these two exploding industries.

With New Course, Jefferson Embraces Fashion’s Future
We’re among only a handful of universities that offer a course in the virtual fashion design space.

Nafees Norris JIB outside

Growing the Next Generation of Therapies
As the first African American man admitted to the Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing, Nafees Norris paves a path for others.

University Launches Institute for Smart and Healthy Cities
Three Jefferson colleges teamed up to become leaders in developing smart and healthy cities in the face of climate change, social inequity, rapid urbanization and health disparity.

First Class of Med Students Complete JeffMD Curriculum
JeffMD prepares future doctors to learn actively and think critically as they develop core professional competencies to make positive, impactful changes in health care.

Dog with prosthetic leg

Alumni Give Animals a Leg Up
Industrial design grads enter a niche market, creating prosthetics for dogs (and, yes, even a duck).

Both Institutions and Students Need Lifelong Learning to Prepare for the Future of Work
As academic leaders, we must prepare graduates to compete in this quickly evolving economy, writes Provost Dr. Mark. L Tykocinski.

Get My Job: Spotlight on Industrial Design and Occupational Therapy
Professor Mike Avery developed Jefferson’s new advanced practice certificate in using design in healthcare delivery.

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Creativity Sparkles at Celebration of Innovation
From creating a cookbook system that teaches people with intellectual disabilities to cook, to COVID-19 volunteering and training initiatives, students transformed their ideas into practice to make the world a better place. This year’s Celebration of Innovation will take place on April 28.

Defining the Future of Learning and Work
Jefferson prepares its graduates for the realities of work in the 21st century.

In honor of World Creativity and Innovation Day on April 21, Jefferson, has partnered to deliver the event “C2: Creativity + Collaboration.” Visit here for more info and to register.

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