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Career Development Center Renamed

Eddie Ade Knowles, vice president of student life, has announced a new name for the Career Development Center.

“For more than 30 years, the Career Development Center has played an integral role as the university’s most important link between a student and employer. The center continues its efforts to serve as a catalyst in the development of Rensselaer students to become world leaders in a technologically based global economy. To further support its mission, the center will now be called the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD),” Knowles said in making the announcement.

According to Knowles, the name change is aimed at better aligning the center with the new Clustered Learning, Advocacy, and Support for Students (CLASS) Initiative. CLASS is designed to integrate academic and student life initiatives in support of student academic success, while enhancing mentoring, community building, and experiential opportunities for student growth and development.

“For more than 30 years, the Career Development Center has played an integral role as the university’s most important link between a student and employer. ” — Eddie Ade Knowles

Today, the terms “career” and “professional development” are more inclusive of what the center provides for undergraduate and graduate students, Knowles said. The name change acknowledges the expanded role of the center in student satisfaction, retention, and career success. It is also consistent with, and supportive of, the vision for the Division of Student Life and student services and programs.

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Focusing on professional development, one of the five core themes of CLASS, the center has designed and is implementing programs and strategies that build on a time-based model for student career development while at Rensselaer.

Over the years, the center has created programs and events for employers to develop relationships with administration, faculty, and students in an effort to increase opportunities for Rensselaer graduates to make great strides in discovering and clarifying career choices and to teach them to manage their careers effectively. Programs include: career counseling, resume writing workshops, interview preparation, legal advice regarding employment offers, experiential opportunities, and networking events involving alumni and employers, among others.

“With the mounting challenges of the 21st century, we can do no less than to prepare our students fully and provide them with opportunities to lead in a complex, technologically based global community from the time they commence with their first-year studies,” said Knowles, vice president for student life. “Please join me in congratulating Dr. Tom Tarantelli, acting assistant vice president and director of the Center for Career and Professional Development, and his dedicated staff for their tireless efforts to assist Rensselaer students with their future career and professional development needs.”
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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 4, Number 19, December 10, 2010
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