LHU helping prepare students for life after college

PHOTO PROVIDED Students present their research, study abroad experiences and community service activities during the Clinton County Economic Partnership Time Out Event held at LHU this spring. The CCPD helped prepare the students for the event by providing them with professional attire and information on how to network and speech coaching.

LOCK HAVEN– The Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) at Lock Haven University is a one-stop-shop for LHU students, offering a myriad of resources and services to empower students to explore meaningful work and pursue competitive careers.

The CCPD’s initiative is a tiered approached to prepare students to explore majors, apply learning, obtain internships, engage in community activities, conduct research and study abroad. All of this can be used as the stepping stones to post graduation employment by infusing The National Association of Colleges and Employees (NACE) career readiness standards during their four years at LHU.

These skills include developing and recognizing the foundation between academic studies learned in the classroom and articulating the transferrable skills necessary to attain opportunities for an internship or employment such as critical thinking, leadership, oral communications, professional work ethic and career management, teamwork/collaboration and intercultural fluency.

“The center is intentional in building meaningful connections through faculty collaboration, cultivate on-going community partnerships and developing career communities of professional networks that engage all students across the University for a lifetime of purpose and meaning as it relates to personal and professional success,” MaryJo Campana, CCPD director, said. “The intention of the center is to empower students to find a career path that align their interests, skills and values, while demonstrating to the employers their transferable career readiness skill set by articulating their curricular and co-curricular experiences to employers.”

The CCPD prepares and organizes students in collaboration with faculty for university-wide professional development events including career fairs, on and off campus recruitment, peer career mentoring, internships, scholarships, resume help, networking opportunities, professional attire for interviews and more.

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