BETHANY, W.Va. – Slated to open in the fall of 2016, Bethany College has announced a new 1,700 square foot Career & Professional Development Center which will be located in Morlan Hall. The Center will provide a comprehensive program of resources to help Bethany students and alumni utilize their liberal arts education to optimize their employment opportunities.
This new resource will consist of three offices housing the Director, the Assistant Director and the Career Counselors/Student Workers. A large multi-use room will be used for on-campus employer recruiting, career workshops and career counseling. The Center will provide ‘best practices’ resources for students and alumni who need assistance with their career direction or are seeking internships and employment.
In addition, the Center will coordinate job fairs and graduate school expos, provide assistance with the Professional Image Center and assist students in exploring potential careers. Alumni contact and involvement will be critical in measuring a successful placement rate, as well as follow-up surveys and working with a mentor program started by the Alumni Office.
Dr. Tamara Rodenberg, President of Bethany College, says the new Center is going to open the doors for individuals in all professions.
“Bethany’s Office of Career and Professional Development is designed to assist students as they prepare for entry into a rapidly changing world,” President Rodenberg said. “Individuals are being trained for jobs that may not yet exist; our students are afforded networking opportunities, allowing them to form personal relationships with mentors and potential employers upon graduation.”
With the expansion John Osborne, Director, will develop and foster relationships with local companies to identify new internship and employment opportunities for Bethany students and graduates. Amy VanHorn, Assistant Director, will work with incoming students to develop a solid 4-year professional development plan, as well as coach upperclassmen to build their confidence, resumes, online presence and their professional skills in preparation for employment.
The Career Counselors and Student Workers will serve as mentors, have a critical role in varied administrative tasks and provide much needed career services to the campus community. Mentors will also assist with social media, on-campus recruitment, various career service offerings and office management.
The team will guide students through the various stages of their career development and provide a wide range of services to help them find and successfully apply for internships, graduate programs, jobs and other opportunities. All services are free throughout the year and most will be accessible electronically.
“The Center is a key to opening doors to meaningful career development; we are committed to the success of our graduates,” President Rodenberg concluded.
Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.