Vision

To offer inclusive, nationally-recognized services that encourage all students and alumni to realize their full potential and pursue their professional goals.  To engage employers in meaningful ways, connecting talented student and alumni with opportunities.

Mission

We are a bridge connecting students and alumni to the professional world, introducing them to who they can become.

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 the Graduate School 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.

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.

Staff Directory

Jennifer Rossi Long

Jennifer Rossi Long

Senior Director
jlong@wcupa.edu

  • Liaison to
    • The Alumni Association
    • The Office of Admissions
    • The West Chester University Foundation 
Career Development Center 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
 
 
 
 
Kate Shellaway

Kate Shellaway

Associate Director
kshellaway@wcupa.edu

  • Academic Liaison for
      • College of Arts and Humanities
      • College of Health Sciences
      • University College - Pre-Major Academic Advising & Academic Success Program (ASP)
  • Liaison to the Office of Alumni Relations
  • 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
Phyllis Schoen

Phyllis Schoen

Associate Director for Employer Engagement
pschoen@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
Eric Frans

Eric Frans

Assistant Director for Employer Engagement
efrans@wcupa.edu

  • Manages Employer Relations for Non-Profit Partners
  • Academic Liaison for
    • College of Business & Public Management
  • Liaison to
    • Dowdy Multicultural Center
    • Department of Athletics
  • Coaches and counsels students and alumni on self-awareness, career and planning, and decision making
  • LGBTQ+ Ally, GreenDot Bystander
 
Amanda Machonis

Amanda Machonis

Assistant Director
amachonis@wcupa.edu

  • Academic Liaison for
      • College of Education and Social Work
      • Wells School of Music
  • Liaison to
    • International Students - Center for International Programs
    • D-CAP (Dub-C Autism Program) Students
  • 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

Amber Pleasants

Amber Pleasants

Assistant Director
apleasants@wcupa.edu

  • Academic Liaison for
    • College of Health Sciences
    • College of Science & Mathematics
  • Liaison to
    • Veterans Center
    • New Student Programs
    • Exploratory Studies
    • Academic Success Program (ASP)
    • Professional Studies
    • Office of Services for Students with Disabilities
  • Coaches and counsels student 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
 
Lynn Hewitt

 

Lynn Hewitt

Recruiting & Events Coordinator
lhewitt@wcupa.edu

  • Primary customer relations contact for the center
  • Develops and distributes marketing and promotional information, including support of social media
  • Manages appointment calendars for staff
  • Supports the Director in managing office operations, technology, and financial reporting
  • Green Dot Bystander, Mental Health First Aid USA

Student Staff

 

 

Adrianna Castillo

Adrianna Castillo

Career Ambassador
Major: Communication Studies & Disorders

 

 

Madison Gladfelter

Madison Gladfelter

Career Ambassador
MG886164@wcupa.edu
Major: Chemistry & Biology

 

Alyssa Harvey

Alyssa Harvey

Career Ambassador
AH893378@wcupa.edu
Major: Public Health


Tyler Healy

Tyler Healy

Career Ambassador
TH883312@wcupa.edu

Alex Karlesses

Alex Karlesses

Career Education & Ambassador Program Graduate Assistant
Program: HEPSA

Kenya Lovell  

Kenya Lovell

Career Ambassador
Major: Cell & Molecular Biology

Alex Nalevenko

 

Alex Nalevanko

Major: Business Management
Minor: Human Resources, Business & Technical Writing

Ryan Steffe

 

Ryan Steffe

Major: Mathematics, Statistics Concentration

Juli Vazquez-Tanon

 Juli Vazquez-Tanon

Career Ambassador
JV853384@wcupa.edu

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 first-year students 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.

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