Clatsop Community College students looking for a summer job, researching a career, or polishing a resume can now find help in one place.
The newly opened Career Center in Towler Hall 312 on the CCC main campus in Astoria helps students with all aspects of career exploration, workplace readiness, and application and interview preparation.
“It is our job to help students find and keep good jobs,” said Lisa Nyberg, Director of the Career Center. Assisting in this effort are two Career Coaches: Elizabeth Hayes who brings years of experience in private sector Human Resources as well as employment coaching and workforce development, and David Ramsey whose experience includes working with employers, especially in the trades sector, and developing customized training programs.
The Career Center is a new resource for students, and is funded through the United State Department of Labor’s Credentials, Acceleration and Support for Employment (CASE) Grant. Clatsop Community College will receive $936,667 to fund the Career Center and related activities through September 2014. CASE is designed to support students from enrollment to graduation and then to employment. While CASE focuses on individuals being retrained through the Trade Adjustment Act, veterans and unemployed individuals, the Career Center services are available to all interested students. Currently, the Career Center staff are meeting with students to find out what challenges they face in finishing their education, and with employers to hear directly about how well Clatsop Community College students are prepared when they enter the workforce.
Career Center staff seek to develop a network of workforce partnerships including regional business and industry entities, Worksource Oregon, the Oregon Employment Department, and MTC Works. Services to veterans will also be a focus of this project.
The new Career Center project makes it possible for CCC to expand its offerings of cooperative education through which students receive academic credit for paid or unpaid work experience with a local employer. “Cooperative education is often the key to connecting students with employers. Many of our students have been hired after graduation because they impressed their supervisors with their skills, knowledge and work ethic,” Nyberg reports.
The CCC Career Center is also available to all Clatsop County employers to post open positions, and to utilize the “Employer Office” for candidate interviews.