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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 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.

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

Jennifer Rossi Long

Jennifer Rossi Long

Senior Director
jlong@wcupa.edu

 

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
      • 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
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
Amanda Machonis

Amanda Machonis

Assistant Director
amachonis@wcupa.edu

  • Academic Liaison for
      • The Graduate School - 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
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, ADP, Professional Studies and 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

Sarah Yaskowski

Sarah Yaskowski

Peer Program Assistant & Digital Media Coordinator (Graduate Assistant)
SY798332@wcupa.edu
Program: HEPSA

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

Madison Gladfelter

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

Alyssa Harvey

Alyssa Harvey

Career Ambassador
AH893378@wcupa.edu
Major: Public Health

Lexi Laskowski  

Lexi Laskowski

Career Ambassador
LL864717@wcupa.edu
Major: Accounting

Vi Nguyen  

Vi Nguyen

Career Ambassador
VN881653@wcupa.edu
Major: Chemistry

Juli Vazquez-Tanon

 Juli Vazquez-Tanon

Career Ambassador
JV853384@wcupa.edu

Tyler Healy

Tyler Healy

Career Ambassador
TH883312@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.

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

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