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    Faculty Collaboration

    The Career Center helps students connect their liberal arts experiences to their professional journeys. We empower them to explore the possibilities, develop their professional identities, and connect with opportunities. 

    We are always looking for ways to connect with our faculty partners. There are several possibilities but we are always open to suggestions and ideas.

    Non-Credit Dynamic Half Block

    The Career Center offers many non-credit bearing half block offerings each year ranging from technical skills to graduate school prep to life skills. We welcome the opportunity to partner with our faculty, alumni, parents, and friends of the college.

    Examples of classes from previous years where faculty partnered with us

    • Computer Language as Language with Dan Ellsworth
    • Excel at EXCEL: Skills to Get the Job You Want with Dan Johnson
    • Sovereignty Tour: Exploring Professional Development and Cultural Life within Tribal Nations with Dwanna McKay
    • Teaching Science – an immersion experience for children attending La Veta Elementary with Mike Taber

    Examples of offerings taught by staff members and guests of the college:

    • Design Like a Pro: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Indesign
    • Non-Profits and Philanthropy: You Really Can Change the World
    • Finding Allies in a Crowded Room: Communicating the Hidden Step Before Networking
    • Personal Branding
    • Cross Examination and the Art of Trial Advocacy

    Some of our most popular offerings are graduate school prep courses taught by Kaplan Test Prep. Each year the GRE, LSAT, MCAT and GMAT are offered. 

    The Career Center itself hosts Coffee Chats each afternoon surrounding a variety of topics such as personal values, resumes, and grad school searches. We also offer a workshop series in the afternoon about transitioning from college with topics such as car and house maintenance, cooking for one, work benefits and questions to ask, as well as fitness.

    Classroom Visits and Presentations

    The Career Center can help with a variety of topics as it relates to professional development and the career process. We are happy to collaborate with faculty members to determine what might work best for the outcomes you are seeking to achieve. This could look like partnering on a lunch or after class presentation, speaking to your majors, an hour long visit to a class talking about a specific skill/subject, or several days in a class working with students on professional development, job/internship search, and/or the graduate school search process. 

    Examples of past presentations: 

    • Application materials such as resumes, cover letters and essays are often standard materials for any job or grad school. Standing out is important. 
    • Who am I? What am I interested in? What are my values? These are all very important to consider when applying to positions.
    • Navigating the job and internship search. Networking can be intimidating to many so practice helps. We can practice elevator pitches, brainstorm questions to ask, how to find people, as well as practice with friendly individuals.
    • Interviewing can feel difficult and overwhelming. Preparation is key. What types of questions are common? How does one answer “tell me about yourself”? What are behavioral interviewing questions? What types of questions should you ask the employer? We are happy to help with interviewing skills as well as mock interviews. 
    • Work place norms are important in organizations. What does that mean according to each industry? Standards are different. Email and phone etiquette are important. What are common mistakes made that can be avoided so a new employee isn’t marked as being difficult to work with? How can we set each student up for success? This goes beyond the workplace. This is important at CC too!

    Guest Speakers and Stories

    Students love to hear stories from other people. Who are they and what have they done with their lives since CC? The Career Center can help find and host a variety of speakers from alumni to family members to friends of the college. Topics could range from: 

    • What are alumni from each department doing now
    • Networking
    • Interviews: technical, case, general
    • 1:1 conversations and chats
    • Company/industry culture and application specifics
    • Connecting majors to industry
    • Transferable skills from CC to the workplace

    Have an idea? Let's chat.

    Andrea Culp

    Andrea Culp

    aculp@coloradocollege.edu
    719.389.6310

    Department Liaison for:

    • Art
    • Classics
    • Comparative Literature
    • English
    • Film and Media Studies
    • French, Italian and Arabic
    • Journalism
    • Music
    • Spanish and Portugese
    • Theatre and Dance

    Gretchen Wardell

    Gretchen Wardell

    gwardell@coloradocollege.edu
    719.389.6426

    Department Liaison for:

    • Anthropology
    • Asian Studies
    • Education
    • Feminist and Gender Studies
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies
    • Religion
    • Sociology
    • Southwest Studies

    Allison Barr

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    abarr@coloradocollege.edu
    719.389.6425

    Department Liaison for:

    • Economics and Business
    • Computer Science
    • Mathematics 

    John Thornburg

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    jthornburg@coloradocollege.edu
    719.389.6245

    Department Liaison for: 

    • Chemistry/Biochemistry
    • Environmental Program
    • Geology
    • History
    • Human Biology and Kinesiology
    • Molecular Biology
    • Organismal Biology and Ecology
    • Physics and Engineering
    • Psychology and Neuroscience

    John Mann

    John Mann

    jmann@coloradocollege.edu

    Department Liaison for: 

    • Economics and Business