Renovated Student Services Building now open

February 9, 2016

 

The newly refined Career and Transfer Services Department, formerly known as Career Services, opened in January with a newly remodeled first floor.

 

 

Israel Chavez / Tejano Tribune

Students taking advantage of the newly restored Student Services building while waiting to speak to a counselor.  

 

 

 

The department’s intention is to enhance the career and transfer process by adding an improved target on early career and internship training, early transfer planning, engaging closely with each academic department and building with alumni and local businesses.

 

The Career and Transfer Services will host a welcome celebration for students to become informed with the refined Office of Career Services from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., March 16 at the Career and Transfer Services department. 

 

They will be giving away free food and beverages along with answering questions the faculty, staff and students interested might have.

 

According to Career and Transfer Services Director Carla Cardoza, part of the purpose of the Career and Transfer Services is to polish students for the professional world.

 

“I want Career and Transfer Services to be a finishing school,” Cardoza said. “Not just for writing resumes, but understanding the importance of professionalism in all its forms.”

 

One of the biggest improvements are the name change, to reflect the component of transfer and the addition of new programs. 

 

Some components include, the Military Resources for Employment, directed at committed active military and veterans, and the Alumni Connection Initiative created to establish a network with alumni and businesses. 

 

Cardoza said her goal is to get students focused on their career and transfer preparation the moment they step on campus.

 

“Through volunteer work, internships, study abroad, or real-world positions, it is imperative that our students develop the necessary career skills and experience that are expected of them in order to succeed in today’s world,” Cardoza said.

 

“Students can’t put it off until the second semester of their college career.”

 

Career and Transfer Services also offers assistance to students with social media skills, money management, networking, looking for internships and more.

 

Student Frank Gonzalez calls the new improved Career and Transfer department helpful. 

 

“The people there are very nice when it came to helping me, they inspired me to stay focused on the path that I’m going in with my education” Hernandez said. “It makes me look forward to my career in the future where I’ll strive to do my best."

 

Career and Transfer Services Department not only prepares students for their future but also engages with the Cooperative Education Program (Co-op) by helping faculty with the Professional Development part of the program. 

 

This element trains students to display themselves well on paper (Resume, Cover and Thank You Letter).

 

Co-op faculty who engage with the Career and Transfer Services Department requires students to drop in on certain workshops that may include; ethics in the workplace, interview techniques, and job search documents.

 

Students interested must also submit a resume, cover and thank you letter, which will be edited by a Career Specialist. 

 

To complete the process, students will end their professional development step with a mock-interview.  

 

It is conducted as a real interview; students are expected to dress the part and act professionally. 

 

The interview is organized towards the student’s field of study and is documented. 

 

Following the interview, the Career Specialist will examine the recorded interview with the student and look over it with them, and then provide a copy of the Interview Analysis for the student and faculty to view.

 

For more information visit the Career and Transfer Services office located on the first floor of Student Services Building room 061 at the Valle Verde campus, or contact them by phone at 
(915) 831-2636, or email at careerservices@epcc.edu.

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