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BCC Opens Career Planning & Development Center
January 31, 2012, Brevard County, FL - The Brevard Community College Cocoa Campus is now home to an important new resource for students.
It's the new Career Planning and Development Center that was unveiled Feb. 9 during a grand opening at the BCC/UCF Joint Use Library.
The center's goals are to prepare students for a tough job market where unemployment remains high, and to make the center a place where Space Coast businesses come to hire new workers.
Through one-on-one meetings with students, the center's staff enables them to jump-start their career search the moment they walk on any of BCC's four campuses.
"The center meets a critical part of our mission and one of my top priorities – helping students select the right careers to find good jobs," said BCC President, Dr. Jim Richey. "We can do that using all the great resources the center has to offer."
More than 35 businesses, agencies and organizations attended the opening, during which Richey called for expanding business partnerships to include internships and career-mentoring programs for BCC students.
"We want as many students as possible to have that invaluable real work experience before they graduate," he said.
Gloria Meeks, College-wide Associate Director of the Career Center, said the center's services are needed more than ever as the Space Coast and Florida economies slowly recover from the recession.
"Students have to prepare themselves for a very difficult job market. They're not just competing with people in Brevard County they're competing with the world because we live in a global economy," she said.
"What we do is offer students professional development, how to write a resume, how to present themselves and interview. We also offer them information on job-hunting Web sites and job fairs. We give them the whole package."
The center offers a wide range of services for employers and organizations in the community that reflect student/alumni interest and meet employer/organization needs such as job posting, on-campus job recruitment, internships, job fairs, and interview facilities.
"Companies are going to hire, and are hiring, but they expect a level of knowledge from the people applying for the job," says Cathy Cady, Director of Student Recruitment and Support Services.
"It's equally important for students to focus on career paths as soon as they walk on campus. Our experts take students "step-by-step" through the process of finding the career that fits them the best."
Brevard Community College is committed to engaging our diverse
population in quality, affordable, accessible learning opportunities which
successfully meet individual and community needs.