by JENN HALLGREN
Cumberland County College is known for saving students by getting them through the first two years of their college career. It only makes sense that they would extend their generosity to its alumni as well. For graduates, many opportunities like Transfer Day help students make an informed decision on their next college and allows them to meet with several prospective universities while they are still finishing up at CCC.
Within the past year, CCC has added another beneficial resource that can be used for current students and alumni that will help them utilize their freshly printed Associate’s degree and decide on their first or next job. The College Central Network (CCN) was recently purchased by CCC and is a one-stop-shop combining the benefits of CareerBuilder, Indeed, and LinkedIn catered to a college student’s experience.
Reta Rios, Student Development Advisor at CCC and advocate for the website, “wanted to find a way to have a central location to help employers and students connect.” Collegecentral.com’s services include search engines with, “jobs posted exclusively to Cumberland County College,” and also includes access to, “the Jobs Central national job board and the Intern Central national internship board.” “Students can create a resume, portfolio, find mentors and internships and also look for jobs posted by the college or on the national job board,” Rios states.
If you aren’t sure how to create a resume or organize a portfolio, CCN gives you, “access to announcements, upcoming events, career advice documents, career advice videos, podcasts, and career articles from over 125 authors,” according to the College Central website. Where other job sites may require a subscription or fee to access these services, CCN provides these for free once you register. After you finish your resume and build your profile, prospective employers can search and view them and possibly contact you for a job or internship opportunity.
The CCN is also a valuable networking tool. Collegecentral.com encourages students to use their, “mentoring network to find profiles of people who work in your fields of interest.” Access to professionals working in your potential career path opens doors to possible job contacts in the future and gives you opportunities to ask any questions pertaining to your education and current path to that career.
To register, you must access collegecentral.com/cccnj and fill in the requested information which includes your name, email, and Student ID number. Once you’ve gained access, you can begin to start researching all the CCN has to offer. The benefits are endless for current students and alumni. CCN offers resources to help create a resume or build a portfolio, crucial to advancing students and job seekers—and builds a bridge to mentors and prospective employers for free. “I absolutely love it,” Rios says. What’s not to love? For more information or to sign up, visit collegecentral.com/cccnj