Lancaster – Ohio University officials in Athens want to make sure students on the regional campuses know about the services and opportunities that are available to help them find a job. That's why officials from the Career and Leadership Development Center in Athens visited the Lancaster Campus on Wednesday, February 6.
"The Career and Leadership Development office has a lot of resources to offer," said Kim Jeffers. Jeffers is in charge of career services on the Lancaster Campus. "The goal is to figure out how to best connect the Lancaster campus students with these resources and identify which services can be provided here."
The Career and Leadership Development Center at Ohio University's main campus provides comprehensive career development assistance to students and alumni, as well as offering programs and services to assist employers with their human resource and college relations needs.
Associate Director for Employer Relations Kim Blue, Assistant Director for Outreach Lindsey Marx and Graduate Assistant for Regional Campus Outreach Jodi Wildermuth spent the entire day speaking with Lancaster Campus faculty and staff.
"I collaborated with the Career and Leadership Development Center Staff to put together a luncheon in which administrative staff, faculty and students will gather with the intention of starting this dialog about how the students on the Lancaster campus can best be served," said Jeffers.
Senior student Todd McCullough attended the lunch. McCullough said that it is important for the Career and Leadership Development office to bring some of its services to the regional campuses, rather than asking regional students to drive to Athens.
"On a regional campus, it's important to have something where it's centralized here and we can attend and then get home to our families and responsibilities," said McCullough.
The Career and Leadership Development Center officials said they are working to offer more workshops and career coaching through Skype and over the Ohio University Learning Network.
"Any time our colleagues on the Athens campus reach out to us and say 'How can we help?' it's a win-win situation for everyone involved; faculty, staff and students," said Jeffers. "Collaboration and communication are imperative to linking students with appropriate tools for academic and career success."