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Twardowski Career Development Center

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Twardowski Career Development Center

Address:
705 S New Street
Lawrence Center 225
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-2501
General: cdc@wcupa.edu
Employers: recruit@wcupa.edu


Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8:00am-4:30pm (Fall & Spring Semesters)
Monday-Friday: 8:00am-4:00pm (Summer)

The career center follows the University’s calendar for holidays, delays, and closures.


Drop-In Hours (no appointment needed):
Monday-Friday: 1:00-3:00pm

About Us

Staff

Becky Ross

Director
RRoss2@wcupa.edu

  • Provides leadership in managing policies, operating procedures and assessment of programs
  • Promotes linkages and establishes networks for students, alumni, employers, faculty and administration
  • Meets with students and alumni for individual career planning and group presentations

Preeti Singh

Associate Director
PSingh@wcupa.edu

  • Manages the Employer Relations Program and coordinates campus Career Fairs
  • Coordinates career-related programs in collaboration with employers and university departments
  • Meets with students and alumni for job search strategies and preparation
  • Serves as the primary liaison to the College of Business & Public Affairs
  • Reviews and critiques resumes, cover letters, and portfolios

Amanda Mitchell

Assistant Director
AMitchell@wcupa.edu

  • Meets with students and alumni for career planning, choosing a major, career assessment, and job and internship search assistance
  • Reviews and critiques resumes, cover letters, and portfolios
  • Coordinates outreach for presentations and programs
  • Serves as primary liaison to the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Health Sciences
  • Coordinates the center's WCU Shadows program

Ashley Rowe

Assistant Director
AReichenbach@wcupa.edu

  • Meets with students and alumni for career planning, choosing a major, career assessment, and job and internship search assistance
  • Serves as primary liaison to the College of Education and the College of Visual & Performing Arts
  • Reviews and critiques resumes, cover letters, and portfolios
  • Coordinates the center's Career Ambassador peer program

Evelyn Doran

Recruiting Coordinator
EDoran@wcupa.edu

  • Schedules and coordinates on-campus interviews and information tables
  • Manages job postings and new employer registrations for full-time and internship positions in Ram Career Network

Krista Carstens

Staff Assistant
KCarstens@wcupa.edu

  • Schedules appointments for students and alumni
  • Manages job posting binders for full-time, part-time, seasonal and short-term work

Brittney O'Brien M'14

Graduate Intern
BO801426@wcupa.edu
Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs

  • Meets with students and alumni for career planning, choosing a major, and job and internship search assistance
  • Reviews and critiques resumes, cover letters, and portfolios
  • Assists with career events and presentations

Rebekah Balmer '15

Graduate Student Worker
RB649636@wcupa.edu
MS-Higher Education Counseling, BA-Sociology, Women & Gender Studies

  • Assists the Associate Director with career fair and employer relations program planning and implementation
  • Assist with outreach efforts and specific employer related projects/initiatives
  • Assists in promoting recruiting events to students

Danielle Keeton '16

Career Ambassador
DK781327@wcupa.edu
Exercise Science-Pre-Occupational Therapy Major, Psychology Minor

  • Works on specific projects related to career and major exploration, including RamTracks
  • Conducts outreach and presentations to groups to increase awareness and educate WCU students about the career center
  • Provides administrative support

Leah Marousek '15

Career Ambassador
LM765231@wcupa.edu
Psychology Major

  • Works on specific projects related to the skill-development of the Division of Student Affairs paraprofessional student groups
  • Conducts outreach and presentations to groups to increase awareness and educate WCU students about the career center
  • Provides administrative support

Chloe Neal '16

Career Ambassador
CN785052@wcupa.edu
Communication Studies Major, Business Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Minor

  • Works on specific projects related to alumni engagement, including Golden Ram Tales Series: Alumni Share Their Career Journey
  • Conducts outreach and presentations to groups to increase awareness and educate WCU students about the career center
  • Provides administrative support

Amy Toledo '15

Career Ambassador
AT791941@wcupa.edu
Sociology Major, Graphic Design Minor

  • Works on specific projects related to social media and marketing efforts
  • Conducts outreach and presentations to groups to increase awareness and educate WCU students about the career center
  • Provides administrative support

Mission Statement

The mission of the Career Development Center is to provide services, programs, and resources that facilitate the lifelong career development process and assist students and alumni with implementing and securing satisfying careers.

To learn more about our services and resources you may download our brochure . The Career Development Center is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and follows NACE's Principles for Professional Practice.

Objectives

The Twardowski Career Development Center, a department within the Division of Student Affairs, functions as a comprehensive career planning service which supports the mission of West Chester University and the success of its students and alumni by:

  • Helping individuals develop self-awareness of interests, values, and skills that facilitate effective career exploration and decision making in an increasingly diverse, global society.
  • Providing support and guidance to assist with clarification and formulation of career goals.
  • Empowering individuals to become active participants in their own continuing development.
  • Providing information and resources about occupations, job trends, employer requirements, and educational opportunities.
  • Delivering programs and providing coaching on job search skills, resume development, and interview techniques.
  • Encouraging students to pursue internships and other experiential opportunities to explore and prepare for careers.
  • Collaborating with academic departments to incorporate career development activities into the educational experiences of students.
  • Fostering connections with employers, members of the University community, graduate and professional schools, and alumni to increase educational and recruitment opportunities for students.
  • Providing on-campus recruiting, job postings, career fairs, and other programs to maximize access to employment opportunities.

Because we are truly interested in the student's welfare, we will advise the student if a specific concern is beyond our scope. At that time, we will offer the student the opportunity to enlist the services of the on-campus agency which might deal with that specific concern more appropriately, e.g., Counseling Center, Academic Advisement Center, departmental academic advisor, or Health Services.

About Our Name

The Twardowski Career Development Center was named on May 6, 2000 to honor the legacy of its founding director and West Chester alumnus Dr. Edward T. Twardowski, known as "Dr. T." An endowment was created through a leadership gift from the Twardowski family and others who knew Dr. T to support programs and services that assist students and alumni in securing employment and rewarding careers.

Dr. Edward T. Twardowski, Class of 1942, served West Chester University for more than 25 years as an alumnus, teacher, counselor, coach, mentor, and colleague. After receiving his bachelor's degree from West Chester, he received a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate from Temple University.

Dr. Twardowski was a member of the health and physical education faculty and made a major contribution to the lives of many future teachers and to West Chester sports history. He was the popular coach of championship swim teams from 1952 until 1960 and served for several years as a tennis coach and as the freshman football coach.

Dr. Twardowski was also a Fulbright scholar in Columbia and received the Distinguished Faculty and Meritorious Teaching awards while on the faculty of West Chester. As one who was especially concerned for students' welfare, Dr. Twardowski founded the Career Development Center and served for 11 years as its first director.

Annual Reports

The career center provides a range of services and programs that actively engage students, alumni, and employers each year. The annual report provides a summary of appointment volume, presentations and workshop attendance, and job and internship recruiting activity.