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Get Your Career In Gear At Career Development Month

October 24, 2008 – Collin College’s Career Services and Cooperative Work Experience (CWE) is hosting a celebration of careers in conjunction with National Career Development Month, November 2008.

Under the theme of “Imagination, Determination, Realization … Inspire Your Career, Develop Your Dreams,” scheduled events include a variety of seminars, employer panels and programs featuring information on leading-edge careers, education and career connections to consider within the north Texas area. These events are free and open to the public.

Collin College Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) will join Career Services and Cooperative Work Experience in hosting Jerri Robertson, president and founder of Building Images, L.L.C. from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 4, at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center. Robertson will present“Professional Image-Your Future Can Depend on It!” She will speak to the importance of appearance, personal presence, personality and communication in projecting a polished professional image.  This seminar will explain “professional image” by providing examples of professional appearance and communication styles.

Destination College will host a workshop, “Preparing for the Real World: Employers Speak Out” from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13, at Spring Creek Campus Conference Center. This workshop features a panel of managers from Dallas-Fort Worth area businesses who will “tell it like it is” about what you need to learn in high school through college in order to succeed in the professional workplace.

In addition, Career Development Month will feature three Career Focus events including:

  • “Imagination...Innovations, Taking Your Career to the Next Level” is set from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7, at the Central Park Campus. The event includes seminar, lunch and networking opportunity, highlights education and career tracks to leading-edge careers in health sciences. This event is designed to encourage Collin College students to explore potential career opportunities and education in health sciences. Program information and tours specific to surgical technology, health information technology, and respiratory care will be the highlights of this event. Lunch is provided for Collin College Students and staff on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • “E” Celebration Celebrating Entrepreneurship/Free Enterprise will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center. The program includes guest speaker, Derick Schaefer, entrepreneur and a 15-year veteran of the business information technology industry specializing in business consulting, IT alignment and Internet marketing, a showcase of Collin College students “E” project, business plans. Lunch is provided for Collin College Students and staff. Reservations are required. Call 972.881.5781 by Nov. 5 to reserve a seat.
  • “Innovations, Excellence and Inspiration -Careers in Biotechnology and Beyond” is set for11 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21, at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center. This event will include a panel presentation and discussion with area biotechnology, biomedical professionals, networking with business and industry guests and the opportunity to meet with 4-year college representatives. Lunch is provided for Collin College students and staff.

Another facet of Career Development Month is a Poetry and Poster Contest hosted by Collin College in conjunction with the National Career Development Association (NCDA). Contact the Career Services department for information regarding eligibility, guidelines, and contest entry.

The Central Park Campus is located at 2200 W. University Drive in McKinney. The Preston Ridge Campus is located at 9700 Wade Blvd. in Frisco. The Spring Creek Campus is located at 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano.

For additional information about National Career Development Month, call the Career Services offices at 972.548.6747 (Central Park Campus), 972.377.1781 (Preston Ridge Campus) or 972.881.5781 (Spring Creek Campus).

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.