Carteret Community College Title III Grant

February 22, 2007

Feb07 CAPS update

Filed under: CAPS — Don Staub @ 9:10 am

Hello all,

I wanted to give you all an update about Career and Academic Planning Services (CAPS). And what an update it is – we have news! After several potential locations, many meetings, much teamwork and some compromise, CAPS has been given a home. It will be located in McGee 119. It is important that CAPS be housed in McGee with many of the other support services (Academic Support Services, Student Enrollment Resources, and TRIO). It is also important to have a high visibility and high traffic space, and we got it! Thanks to all who made this happen. Classes are currently scheduled in this room throughout the spring semester so the plan is to use the summer to set up the space and hire and train the master advisors so that we can be open in the fall.

As you all know, CAPS is currently available to students and the public by appointment.
Since shortly after the semester started through February 21, 2007, CAPS has had 20 appointments. The Employment Security Commission has discovered us and has made 4 referrals this week alone that are future appointments. We are pleased to be gaining community support.

CAPS is also sponsoring a college transfer visit from The University of North Carolina – Wilmington on Monday, March 5 from 10-1 and East Carolina University on Wednesday, March 14 from 9-1 both in the Donald Bryant Student Center Meeting room. The current CAPS office was too small for these visits but in the future the visits can take place in the CAPS room. These appointments are 15 minutes long so if all appointments are taken as they were last semester, we will serve 36 students for UNC-W and ECU. I am working with a representative from North Carolina State University in hopes of getting them to come to campus also. They have not been here in years.

I have completed a survey that assesses faculty advising training needs which will drive our future professinal development workshops. We are working on getting it available online to faculty advisors to make data collection and analysis simplier.

The collaboration of CAPS with HRD to offer a class that covers everything from career exploration to getting a job did not have enough students to run. I have suggested to Hedda Bunting and John Smith that we divide the workshop into two or more separate ones in hopes of gaining more students. We all agreed that it would be unlikely that one person would need all of those services at one time so offering shorter more topic specific workshops may be more popular. We are giving it a try.

Respectfully submitted,

Heather Hebert



  1. Sounds like things are starting to “take off” in CAPS Heather. Your new space sounds very conducive for your mission. It may take a little time for students to learn about you and your services, but once word gets out I am sure they will be beating down your door for career counciling and planning.

    I was thinking it would be cool to get some digital photos of your clients and also some shots as you begin to move into the new facility – I have a digital camera for check-out if you would like to borrow it to document some of your progress photographically – I am sure this would be of help as we begin to evaluate and assess the impact of the Title III Grant.

    keep up the great work Heather! Let me know if I can be of any assistance to you.


    Comment by Patrick Keough — February 22, 2007 @ 9:26 am | Reply

  2. Heather…you are moving forward. And even sans room, you are making progress. I can’t wait to the center in all its glory once you move into 119.

    I agree with Patrick. Let’s document your work and show it off on the web!


    Comment by Don — February 22, 2007 @ 10:39 am | Reply

  3. Heather, don’t fotget that the counselors can help cover hours or appointments as needed, and I hope that you will include us in some capacity in your future staffing plans.

    Comment by hillr — February 23, 2007 @ 2:54 pm | Reply

  4. I was thrilled to hear that room 119 has been secured for CAPS-we all hear location, location,location- in this case it is very important! The visibility and accessibilty of CAPS will be a definite plus!


    Comment by socman — February 28, 2007 @ 12:56 pm | Reply

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