Career and Professional Development records

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Career and Professional Development records


  • 1984-2011 (Creation)


1 linear foot (2 boxes)

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The Office of Career Development was formally established in 1985, by Kit Baron, then Vice-President, Admissions & Student Services. From 1986 - 1990 the office was under the direction of Ruth Strick. In October 1990 Jean Mitsunaga became Director of the office until December 2011. In July 2012 Cathy Karry was named Director of the newly named Office of Career and Professional Development. In January 2013 Denise Gianoussopoulos was named Associate Director.

The Office of Career Development is dedicated to assisting students and alumni in their pursuit and development of careers as professional artists and designers, and developing mutually beneficial relationships with industry. Programs offered: career planning & counseling, career & specialty workshops, internship program, The Dot Exchange, Business Dialogue Series, On-Campus Recruitment program, Career Opportunities Bulletin, Annual Graduate Employment Survey

The office has been called Office of Career Resources (1985-2002), Office of Career Services (2003-2007), and in September 2007 the office merged with Alumni Relations and became Office of Career Development and Alumni Relations. They will maintain their work, while developing joint projects.

In November 2008, Alumni Relations moved to Development, and Career Development stayed under Student Affairs. In July 2012 the name of the Office changed to: Office of Career and Professional Development

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The Career and Professional Development records document their main programs and consist mostly of notices for guest speakers (especially the Business Dialogue Series), their On-Campus Recruitment program and internship program. The Administrative Files include two folders on courses the department offered to students to prepare them for their careers. The Annual Reports include statistics on job placement and internships. The Graduate Employment Survey tallies student responses regarding jobs and salaries after leaving ArtCenter. The Guest Speakers series contains announcements for the Business Dialogue Series and Career Chats. The Internships series contains information on companies who hired ArtCenter students as interns. The Mentorship series documents the department's mentor program called The Dot Exchange. The Recruitment files include information on companies that visit ArtCenter to hire newly graduated students.

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Series 1: Administrative Files
Series 2: Annual Reports
Series 3: Graduate Employment Surveys
Series 4: Guest Speakers
Series 5: Internships
Series 6: Mentorship
Series 7: Recruitment

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Copyright held by Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, Calif.)

Digital materials and catalog records are made available for educational and research purposes only and cannot be reproduced, distributed, or published without written permission from Art Center College of Design.

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