Carteret Community College Title III Grant

January 5, 2007

Career & Academic Planning Services

Filed under: CAPS — Don Staub @ 8:45 pm

Hi, this is Heather Hebert. I am the Director of the Career and Academic Planning Services Division.  I am thrilled Carteret Community College had the vision to create the Career and Academic Planning Services (CAPS) concept. It was evident to many faculty and staff that too many students come to the college with little direction or misguided direction in their career goals. Too few understand how to navigate the college and its processes. We thought that advising was an area that needed improvement at the college. We felt it important to student success to provide them with more guidance and assistance in career exploration and the academic planning process. A sub-committee of the advising committee made a proposal to start an advising center which grew into the CAPS concept. Our plan is for CAPS to provide:

  • Guidance in selecting a career direction.
  • Professional assessment services and materials to help students better understand their interests, skills, values and personality preferences, and how that relates to selecting an occupation that matches.
  • Assistance in selecting an academic or vocational training program to prepare for a chosen career goal.
  • Assistance in developing an academic plan of study.
  • Training in how to conduct an effective job search, including resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation and salary negotiation.
  • Assistance in obtaining current and accurate occupational and labor market data.
  • Training in how to use the Internet to find career resources, employment opportunities and other related resources.
  • Information sessions about educational and career opportunities.
  • Assistance in transferring to other colleges.
  • Referrals to academic advisors who register students for classes.

The Career & Academic Planning Services Center is located in an office in Academic Support Services in the McGee Building. Services are currently available by appointment. Eventually we hope to have an actual center that is available for appointments as well as drop in times. 

We also thought it important to better prepare faculty to be academic advisors. One important role of CAPS will be to provide training manuals and professional development opportunities to faculty.

Heather Hebert

1 Comment »

  1. Heather,

    I see the work you are doing at CAPS as crucial in helping our students identify there college and career goals. So many of them come to CCC and college in general with a lack of any clear direction for their lives.

    There is also no doubt we (faculty) could all do better in advising our students. With all the demands on us sometimes it is hard to put in that extra effort and time to advise our students properly. I look forward to working with you on this grant initiative and am glad you are leading us on this important component of the Title III Grant.

    Let me know if I can be of any assistance to you as far as navigating and creating (posting) content to our Blog.


    Comment by ccctitle3 — January 6, 2007 @ 6:34 pm | Reply

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