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Chipola College Opens Career Resource Center

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It's been a dream of the Chipola Regional Workforce Development Board to offer their resources directly to Chipola College students.

After 6 to 8 months of planning, Wednesday's opening of the Career Resource Center fulfills that dream. 

The resources for landing a job are now literally at students' fingertips at Chipola College. 

"We don't have to go on the other side of town to look for positions," said Shawanda Hall. "We come right here on campus during our break in between classes."

Chipola College has teamed up with the Chipola Regional Workforce Development Board to bring students the tools for finding what they ultimately come to school for...jobs.

"We find sometimes even from college students they are educated but they may not have the skills to actually find a job," said Success Coach, Lisa Hamilton. "So we're hoping to fit that piece of the puzzle together so that we can help them go to that next step."

Hamilton will operate the center and said she's excited to be able to work so closely with these students.

"I do feel like that with my background and my skills that I'll be able to not only help find, but also that encouragement," said Hamilton. "I know so many times that if somebody has faith in me, I can have encouragement to step out and meet my goals."

But it's not just about the actual job search, Hamilton will help students improve their interview skills and tweak their resumes. 

For full-time student Shawanda Hall, resume help is something she'll take advantage of. 

"I have one already but I'm hoping I can get it tweaked so I can get it ready for the corporate world so to speak," said Hall. 

"Students are here for jobs and we wanna make sure we're doing a great job on the front end and on the back end," said Dr. Jason Hurst, the Vice President of Baccalaureate & Occupational Education Programs.

Hamilton says the resource center is also for any type of job search. 

"Were looking at part-time jobs if you wanna go to school part-time, work part time, if you wanna go full time," said Hamilton. "We're here to meet that need, we're here."

The center will start off being open only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and depending on the turnout, they could extend the days.