Chipola College Helps Give Students a Competitive Edge in the Job Market

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Marianna- Heather Ausburn said she wasn't afraid of doing what it took to make a living. "Um, I did medical billing for a while, I've actually even hauled scrap metal. I've done everything possible because I have 3 kids. So, I did what it took to do whatever needed to be done."

She eventually decided she needed to continue her education and has now almost completed her final semester at Chipola College.

"When I graduate in May, I'm actually transferring to Florida A&M University. But, I'm looking for a job in Tallahassee." So Ausburn visited Chipola's new Career Resource Center for help.

"There is anxiety" said Lisa Hamilton, the center's Success Coach. "They've received their education and the next step is to secure that employment. So, we hope to be able to clear the way and make the way easier with the online workshops that we have."

The center, which is an extension of the workforce center, also offered help with resume writing and preparation for job interviews. Educators said they thought the new resource would steer students in the right direction.

"I think we do a great job of getting them through their programs and through graduation. But, we wanted to improve our efforts on getting them jobs" Chipola College Vice President, Jason Hurst said.

Hamilton told us the center was open every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m for one-on-one counseling and workshops available. With individualized attention on the student's needs, "we'll be able to provide them with the tools and resources to explore those avenues" she said.

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