The Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia Community College is offering a newly-designed Career Transfer Exploration Center (CTEC) to accommodate each student’s career goals and academic needs. The career center will be used as a resource for career assessments, occupational information, goal planning and employment resources. An official opening and information session was held on June 27 for NOVA students, faculty and staff.
In December 2016, NOVA-Woodbridge Career Counselor Dennis Sullivan along with Beverly Hunter, academic advisor and instructor; Douglas Rhoney, transfer counselor and Karen Todd, campus information specialist, began the conversation with Woodbridge Provost Dr. Sam Hill to develop a career center after observing a need to serve students in a more accommodating environment. In previous years, students in need of career or transfer assistance would have to work around the schedules of academic counselors on appointment basis. Now, with assistance from Student Services, there is now designated space in what was previously Year Up space. (Year Up has relocated to the Career Center’s former location.) The new CTEC has workstations and individual assistance for students. Although the CTEC is in the same vicinity as the Student Services Center on campus, the specialized area offers an open, less distracting environment for students.
“We believe this new space is better equipped to help staff assist students in a more effective manner,” said Sullivan. “The entire purpose of the new CTEC is to serve students without the confines of a set appointment window. Location is key, and what better place than to utilize the same space as the Student Services Center. Counselors will be available on demand when requested by students. The goal is to do a lot of the preliminary work with students at the CTEC, prior to them meeting with an academic advisor.”
The CTEC will offer career exploration, job outlook trends, internship and job resources and college transfer assistance. Career counselors will expand their involvement on campus by scheduling classroom visits to assist students with resume writing and job placement assistance. The CTEC will also host presentations, college and employment representatives as well as encourage instructors to allow students to incorporate the center’s resources into their classroom activities and homework assignments.
The Woodbridge Campus Career Transfer Exploration Center is located in room 202 of the Seefeldt Building (WS). No appointments are required to receive services or utilize resources. For additional information on hours of operation, visit their website or call 703-878-5760.
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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.