Sep 15, 2009

Career Center renovated and revitalized for student success

by Lee Sandy

With economists saying that the class of 2010 may experience one of the worst job markets since the Great Depression, university career centers are in much higher demand these days, according to msnbc.com. Students at Liberty have open and convenient access to the Career Center, which provides professional advice and counseling about what direction they ought to go for the future careers.

Liberty’s Career Center was relocated and renovated this summer, more than doubling its size and optimizing more career-training space.

In a renovation project that took just over a month, much of the old bookstore’s interior was completely replaced, and new shelving and computer stations were installed. Work began on site May 31 and was completed July 15.

When the new bookstore was announced before the late Dr. Jerry Falwell’s death, the first floor DeMoss space — where the former LU bookstore once was — had been prime real estate for departments across campus. The 4,000 square feet of office space was given to the Career Center Feb. 19. (The Career Center was originally next door to the main CASAS office on the second floor of DeMoss.)

Planning Coordinator Bill Maitland was in charge of the project and expressed his excitement about the effect of the new renovations on the lives of the student body.

“Each of us who worked on the project is excited in playing just a small part in helping students plan out their future careers,” Maitland said.

Heather Viets, academic advisor for CASAS for communications majors, believes students will benefit greatly from the move.

“The Career Center has an awesome new office,” Viets said. “They love it down there, and it is in a much better location to suit the student body.”

Economics Professor, Mr. Robert Rencher, encourages the students to take full advantage of the Career Center’s resource.

“If you’re investing lots of time, money and effort into a university, you really ought to maximize the return on those investments,” Rencher said. “The Career Center is one place every student would be economically wise to invest their time in.”

Few students even knew such a thing existed just two years ago, according to Career Center Director Carrie Barnhouse.

“I started as the director in September 2007, and we were tucked inside the CASAS office,” Barnhouse said. “Most of the time when I did class presentations or talked about the Career Center, people would ask ‘What is the Career Center?’ or ‘Where is it?’”

Although they do not promise to place students into their dream careers right out of college, the Career Center strives to place students on the path toward success.

“We are forging a path to help students discover what they are passionate about to give them the tools necessary to uncover the educational path that will train them for their future pursuits,” Barnhouse said.

Contact Lee Sandy at rasandy@liberty.edu.

 


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