GKN Sinter Metals
Sponsors Career Services Center at Penn State DuBois
October 25, 2013
– Administrators at Penn State DuBois, in recent months, have worked to grow
opportunities offered to students through career services, an area that helps
to better prepare students to enter the workforce after graduation. To assist the campus in this effort, GKN
Sinter Metals has sponsored a Career Services Center on campus, providing
funding for these important needs.
break down career services in three phrases," explained Rebecca
Pennington, director of student affairs at Penn State DuBois. She explained that she and other
professionals who work with students in the career services area pull students
in as early as possible. "The
exploration phase includes identifying majors that are a match for the student,
and a good fit for careers. Then, there
is the skill development phase, where we work on things like résumé and cover
letter writing, and interview tactics. Finally, there's the job search phase, where we help students search for
internships and jobs that fit their skills, education and interests."
said the things that students learn through career services can be the extra
skills they need to turn their education into success. "It's all to help them find a job,"
she said. "You can be the smartest
person in your class, but if you don't have these skills, and can't write a
résumé or interview well, you're going to have a harder time finding
Pennington said a new career counselor will soon be hired to work with students
in the Career Services Center, which is part of the Student Affairs Office, and
will work closely with the Office of Student Life.
Eisman, a student from Brockway who will graduate this spring with a degree in
Business Marketing and Management, has taken advantage of career services
during much of her time as a student. She is currently involved in the PAWS Program, or Partnering Academics
and Workplace Learning for Success, and completing an internship at Timberland
Federal Credit Union. PAWS pairs a student
with an employer in their field. They
then have the opportunity to work in a paid internship for up to three years of
their time at the campus. If granted the
internship, they'll intern with a company for 10-15 hours per week during the
semester, and for up to 40 hours per week in the summer. The students also take part in workshops,
seminars and many professional development events to sharpen their skill set
and add to their overall experience.
helps me get an idea of what the businesses are like in the area," Eisman
said. "I didn't know some of them
were here, or what they had to offer until I came here."
said the instruction she has received on preparing her résumé and cover letters
has been a great help, as well. She
said, "I didn't realize I could improve my résumé as much as I could until
we did it here."
from GKN recently visited the campus to see the career services area and a new
sign that denotes the company's sponsorship. They also toured the campus engineering facilities, where many students
train to work in fields like sinter metals, some even going to work at
GKN. Dave Brennan, the human resources
director for GKN said his company believes in offering services like this to
students, which is why they chose to sponsor the center.
want to thank you for what you do for our area," Brennan told Chancellor
Melanie Hatch and other campus professionals during his tour. "We're in a rural area, and it can be
difficult to find employees with the technical education that we need. You provide that here, and help them prepare
to go to work. However, this area of
careers services, we think, is a place that can touch the lives of all students."