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Twardowski Career Development Center

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Twardowski Career Development Center

Address:
225 Lawrence Center
705 S. New Street
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 The Center & Staff Directory

Vision

To inspire and empower the lifelong pursuit of career aspirations.

Mission

To educate students and alumni to actively develop and implement their academic, career, personal, and professional goals.

Objectives

The Career Development Center is a comprehensive centralized career center, within the Division of Student Affairs, that contributes to the mission of West Chester University and the success of its students and alumni.

  • Educate, coach, and counsel students and alumni on developing self-awareness of interests, values, and skills and exploring how those relate to academic and career goals as well as informed decision-making.
  • Deliver programs to groups and provide 1:1 support to help students develop and strengthen job search, resume writing, interviewing, career readiness, and networking skills and strategies.
  • Provide accurate and timely information and resources to research occupations, job trends, requirements for hiring qualifications, and options for graduate studies and professional continuing education.
  • Promote experiential learning such as internships, part-time jobs, research, study abroad, and community service, through which students gain experience, develop skills, and explore and prepare for future careers.
  • Cultivate and maintain partnerships with employers; provide on-campus interviewing, job and internship postings, career fairs, networking events, and other employer-engaged programs to maximize access to employment opportunities.
  • Collaborate with academic departments to incorporate career development and related co-curricular learning into the student educational experience.
  • Cultivate and maintain partnerships with alumni, University colleagues, and community members and organizations to increase educational, networking, and recruitment opportunities for students.

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 the NACE Principles for Professional Practice.

Core Values

The Career Development Center shares the Division of Student Affairs values. We further identify the following as core to our work:

  • Collaboration – We work together and with others to achieve common goals.
  • Integrity – We adhere to ethical and professional principles and practices.
  • Respect – We recognize and value the worth, dignity, and unique attributes of all individuals.
  • Responsiveness – We strive to act in a timely and effective manner, demonstrating empathy and support, to meet the needs of our constituents.

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, Pre-Major Academic Advisement Center, departmental academic advisor, or Student Health Services).

Staff Directory

Becky Ross

Becky Ross

Director

 

Becky Ross Email
  • Provides leadership and oversight of comprehensive career development education, resources, policies, and strategies for the WCU student and alumni community
  • Promotes linkages and establishes networks for students, alumni, employers, faculty and administration
  • LGBTQ Ally, Green Dot Bystander

 

Preeti Singh

Preeti Singh

Associate Director
psingh@wcupa.edu

  • Manages Employer Relations, including supervision of the On-Campus Interviewing (OCI) Program
  • Coordinates campus Career Fairs
  • Coordinates employer- and alumni-engaged programs in collaboration with university departments
  • Coaches and counsels students and alumni, and delivers programs, to help students develop and strengthen job search, resume writing, interviewing, career readiness, and networking skills and strategies
Diane D'Arcangelo

Diane D'Arcangelo

Assistant Director
ddarcangelo@wcupa.edu

  • Academic Liaison for:
      • College of Business and Public Management
      • College of the Sciences and Mathematics
      • USSSS – Pre-Major Academic Advising & Academic Development Program
  • Liaison to Study Abroad - Center for International Programs
  • Coordinates the Career Ambassador peer program
  • Coaches and counsels students and alumni on self-awareness, career and academic planning, and decision-making
  • Delivers programs to help students develop and strengthen job search, resume writing, interviewing, career readiness, and networking skills and strategies
Amanda Machonis

Amanda Machonis

Assistant Director
amachonis@wcupa.edu

  • Academic Liaison for
      • Graduate Studies - all graduate programs
      • College of Education and Social Work
  • Liaison to International Students - Center for International Programs
  • Coaches and counsels students and alumni on self-awareness, career and academic planning, and decision-making
  • Delivers programs to help students develop and strengthen job search, resume writing, interviewing, career readiness, and networking skills and strategies
  • LGBTQ Ally, Green Dot Bystander
Kate Shellaway

Kate Shellaway

Assistant Director
kshellaway@wcupa.edu

  • Academic Liaison for
      • College of Arts and Humanities
      • College of Health Sciences
      • USSSS - Pre-Major Academic Advising & Academic Development Program
  • Liaison to the Office of Alumni Relations
  • Coordinates the WCU Shadows program
  • Coaches and counsels students and alumni on self-awareness, career and academic planning, and decision-making
  • Delivers programs to help students develop and strengthen job search, resume writing, interviewing, career readiness, and networking skills and strategies
Jean Kingan

Jean Kingan

Recruiting Coordinator
jkingan@wcupa.edu

  • Schedules and coordinates On-Campus Interviews (OCI) and Employer Information Tables
  • Manages job postings and new employer registrations for full-time and internship positions in Ram Career Network
  • Provides customer service support for the center, schedules student and alumni appointments
  • LGBTQ Ally, Green Dot Bystander
Phyllis Schoen

Phyllis Schoen

Staff Assistant & Marketing Coordinator
pschoen@wcupa.edu

  • Serves as primary customer service contact for the center, schedules appointments for students and alumni
  • Manages part-time/seasonal/on-campus job posting database online
  • Compiles and coordinates student newsletter submissions, Career Communities emails, and other student communications
  • Assists the Director with office and financial management tasks

Student Staff

female student

Briana Bonner '19

Career Ambassador
BB852855@wcupa.edu
Major: Public Health

  • Contributes to the management of social media and marketing activities
female student

Alexandria (Alex) Cigan '19

Career Ambassador
AC853061@wcupa.edu
Major: Microbiology

  • Contributes to projects related to career and major exploration, including RamTracks I.C.E. Breaker
male student

Casey Heimbach '18

Career Ambassador
CH857580@wcupa.edu
Major: Business Management

  • Contributes to the management of social media and marketing activities
female student

 

Olivia Miller M'19

Employer Relations Assistant (Graduate Student Employee)
OM785414@wcupa.edu
Program: Counselor Education - Higher Education/Post-Secondary

  • Assists the Associate Director with employer relations program and project planning and implementation
female student

 

Mary O'Leary '18

Career Ambassador
MO825403@wcupa.edu
Major: Psychology and Gender Studies

  • Provides outreach to departments within the Division of Student Affairs

Daniella Pierre M'18

Peer Program Assistant & Digital Media Coordinator (Graduate Assistant)
DP880704@wcupa.edu
Program: Public Health

  • Assists the Assistant Director with coordiantion of the Career Ambassador Program
  • Contributes to coordination of social media
  • Develops online materials and digital media resources to deliver and promote services


Andrew Speidel '20

Career Ambassador
AS862138@wcupa.edu
Major: Communication Studies

  • Provides outreach to special population groups

 

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.

Alumni Surveys - The "first destination" post-graduation employment and continuing education plans of WCU graduates.