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Career Development Center News | August 3
  • Virtual Part-Time Student Employment Fair Recap
  • Applied Learning Highlight:  Michele Valadez
  • Virtual Career Workshops with Loni LeForce, Ph.D. Aug 4 & 5
  • Margarita Baez, Sarah Rupp, and Maggie Slack are Strong Interest Certified 
  • Career Closet Funding 

Virtual Part-Time Student Employment Fair Recap 

The Career Development Center excited to announce we hosted 211 students, who had 700 interactions, with 32 employers at our FIRST EVER Virtual Part-Time Student Employment Fair on July 17. View the full report.
This event replaced the in-person On-Campus Job Fair. Here is the data from the 2019 On-Campus Job Fair for comparison.
View the Report

Applied Learning Highlight:
Michele Valadez

Michele Valadez, an entrepreneurship major from Wichita, Kansas is working as a community affairs intern at Evergy this summer. 

Valadez helps recruit employees and organize volunteer opportunities with non-profit partners. She also helps coordinate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) educational events for the Wichita and surrounding areas.
“Take advantage of opportunities! This is your time to grow into the professional you want to be. Always remember everything you do now is for your future!” said Valadez. 
The Career Development Center is excited to host two Virtual Career Workshops with Loni LeForce, Ph.D. The workshops are geared toward Wichita State students, but all faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

Landing the Job
August 4, 2020
12 – 1 p.m.
Seven seconds. That is how long it takes to make a first impression. Learn tips and tricks on how to put your best foot forward for landing your new job or internship.
Disability in the Workplace with Loni LeForce, Ph.D.
August 5, 2020
1 – 2 p.m.
The world of work is ever-changing. Not only what job is being done but where, when, and how the work is completed. In this workshop, we will discuss disability in the workplace and how best to work will all people.      
About the Speaker
Loni LeForce, Ph.D., earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Science Education and a Master of Art of Teaching at Friends University. Loni completed a second master’s in Special Education from the University of Oklahoma and her Ph.D. in 2020.
Currently, Dr. LeForce is the Pre-Employment Transition Specialist at the University of Missouri, in August she will transition to Process Coordinator and Transition Coach for the Springfield, Missouri Public schools.

Dr. LeForce’s professional experiences include teaching at the secondary level for 13 years in Kansas and Oklahoma. Loni has taught classes as a graduate assistant and adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma. She has also presented transition education at conferences in Iowa, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, and Wisconsin.

Margarita Baez, Sarah Rupp, and Maggie Slack are Strong Interest Inventory Certified 

Career Counselors Margarita Baez, Sarah Rupp, and Maggie Slack are now Strong Interest Inventory Certified. 

The Strong Interest Inventory certification enables Baez, Rupp, and Slack to provide students with dynamic career direction and insight into options that align with their interests and abilities. The certification also provides tools to help students choose a major, explore career options – even select enriching extracurricular activities.

If you are working with students who need help choosing a major or navigating their career path. We can help! Refer them to us by completing this quick form. 

We would be honored to speak with your class or student group. We can talk to your students about any career-related topic in-person or virtual. Complete this form to get started.

Wichita State Career Closet Funding

Help us make sure our students are sharp-dressed Shockers as we prepare them for future career opportunities.

Wichita State University students are constantly in need of professional clothing for career fairs, interviews, and professional development opportunities. The Wichita State Career Closet gives students free access to just the right clothes they need. We started with 48 students two years ago, and have grown to help nearly 200 students last fall! Our goal is always to serve as many students as we possibly can, but unfortunately, our clothing supply is becoming severely depleted.

We are able to serve a significant number of students with the clothing donations we receive, but that limits us solely to whatever people give us. Our goal with this campaign to raise money for the Wichita State Career Closet to meet the rising needs of our students by providing funds to purchase clothing to fill in the gaps between what clothes are donated and what clothes are needed.

To help kick off our campaign, one generous alum has offered to match the first $500 raised - meaning all we need to do to meet our $1,000 goal is simply raise the other $500. Of course, we won't stop there, because everything we raise will benefit the students now and hopefully into the future. First things first, though...Please help us unlock the full $500 match so we can meet our goal!

Thank you for considering a gift of any size to help us keep our Shockers looking great!

Donate to the Career Closet
The Career Development Center in Brennan III is open for in-person and virtual appointments Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. -  5p.m. 

Contact us at (316) 978-3688 or 
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