Northeast Penn State campuses develop career website
The three Penn State campuses in the Northeast – Hazleton, Wilkes-Barre and Worthington Scranton have developed a Tri-Campus Career Services website for current and prospective students, alumni and employers. The combined website includes resources from all three campuses and the University, along with several links relating to career exploration and employment.
“Although it is important that each of our Penn State campuses provide career resources on site, current technology offers us new ways to share these resources to better serve our students,” says Dan P. Downey, coordinator of vocational career services. “We are always here to meet one-on-one with students, but the Tri-Campus website gives them a comprehensive look at important career information available throughout the region.”
The Tri-Campus Career Services website was devised at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, which currently serves as site administrator. It outlines materials available in the various career offices and provides a listing of services available at the three campuses, recruitment programs, job opportunities, and special events. “Announcements for Penn State regional events and area job fairs can all be found on this one site,” says Dawn Gomez, Penn State Worthington Scranton career counselor. “The three Northeast campuses are within a reasonable driving distance of one another, so students from one campus can easily attend events being held at one of the other campuses. We also post events scheduled at University Park so that students from all three campuses can share rides and participate together.”
Area Career Services representatives hold an annual Penn State Northeast Career Fair, which rotates from campus to campus each year. Programs like this are included on the site. “Regional events increase our students’ ability to network,” says Kathy Maxwell, Penn State Hazleton career counselor. “Giving our students opportunities to meet business professionals from outside their immediate communities opens new doors for internships or employment.” The Tri-Campus Career website also provides a link to College Central Network (CCN), which was initiated by Penn State’s Commonwealth College. CCN is a clearing house of all job postings provided to Career Services at the 12 Commonwealth College campuses throughout the state.
Penn State students and current students, who are undecided about their major, can also benefit from the Tri-Campus site. “There are so many options for students at Penn State. The University offers over 160 majors, so changing majors isn’t the same hassle it can be at a smaller school,” says Gerry Wall, Penn State Wilkes-Barre/regional career counselor. The Tri-Campus Career website provides a link to “What’s Your Major @ PSU.” The site offers a simple questionnaire and once it is completed students are directed to various Penn State majors based on their interests. It also lists the campuses providing those majors.
“We think the new regional site is a valuable resource for students of all ages before, during or after completing their college experience,” says Mr. Downey. “They can take advantage of interest surveys and labor statistics before deciding on a career path, explore new majors while in school, or they can use it during their job search.”
Shown in the photo are career representatives from the three northeast region campuses, seated from left, Gerry Wall, Penn State Wilkes-Barre; and Kathy Maxwell, Penn State Hazleton; and standing, Dan P. Downey, coordinator of vocational career services; and Dawn Gomez, Penn State Worthington Scranton.