New Career Center a College Priority

  • Career Center
    Career Center
    Career Center Director Mary Schilling (far right) joins students at the future site of The Sherman and Gloria H. Cohen Career Center, located at the heart of campus between the Sadler Center and Zable Stadium.
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    Career Center
    Sherman Cohen (center) is joined by his son Charles Cohen (right) and former William & Mary President Paul R. Verkuil '61. Students at the College will have a career preparation facility worthy of their talents thanks in large part to a generous commitment from Sherman Cohen and his wife, Gloria.

William and Mary’s Career Center has traditionally done a lot with a little, providing students with expert advice and one-on-one counseling about career options. In addition, the Center partners with the Alumni Association to offer programs on campus and to connect students with alumni mentors. But the Center’s staff need more space — lots of it — and updated facilities. They will get both thanks to the Sherman and Gloria H. Cohen Career Center, which will be built by fall 2010.

“The new Career Center will make a strong statement about the commitment of the College to preparing our students and alumni for their professional lives,” says Mary Schilling, director of the Career Center.

The current center, located in the basement of Blow Memorial Hall, contains small, windowless rooms that many prospective employers consider inadequate. To address these deficiencies — and to accommodate the range  of services that students need — the College decided in 2007 to construct a privately funded building, to be located between the Sadler Center and Zable Stadium — the virtual center of campus.

The resulting 11,000-gross-square-foot facility, named for Sherman and Gloria H. Cohen, who provided $6 million for construction costs, will take William and Mary’s Career Center to the next level. Among other amenities, the Center will house comfortable interview rooms, a suite of offices for career counseling and a presentation room that allows for presentations, information sessions, workshops, networking events, and teleconference sessions designed to develop Career Center awareness and career-oriented skills.

It will also help guide students, not just as seniors, but throughout their four years at William and Mary. The Career Center works with students as early as their freshman year, offering help with assessment, choosing a major, securing internships and getting launched.

Jennifer Stolz ’11, for instance, has already availed herself of the Center’s expertise. An international relations major from Disputanta, Va., Stolz will participate in the Washington Semester in spring 2009 and has been accepted for a State Department internship. “The Career Center has helped me greatly in planning my next steps,” she says.
 
The new facility will demonstrate that the College is serious about providing the highest quality of career services to students, alumni and potential employers alike. Thanks to the Cohens and other generous donors, when fall 2010 rolls around, that message will ring loud and clear at William and Mary and beyond.