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Twardowski Career Development Center

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Twardowski Career Development Center

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

Phone: 610-436-2501

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

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.


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.