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Orange Coast College launches free career coaching program for students

Coast College will launch a free Career Coaching program for students during the Spring 2023 semester, aimed at teaching them how to network and build confidence, and eventually land jobs and internships. The College has partnered with Career Launch and invites students to apply to be part of one of four cohorts during February and March that will help connect them with local professionals to get a foot in the door in their chosen industry.

“This is a great opportunity for students to gain practical knowledge about how to seek and connect with successful working professionals in their local community,” says Director of Workforce Development and Career Services Ginger Neel. “Career coaching is something that typically costs hundreds of dollars. We want to make this important tool accessible for our students in order to better prepare them to succeed after they’ve completed their education at OCC.”

Students who participate will be required to meet with their cohort once per week for four weeks in OCC’s Career Center, located on the third floor of Watson Hall on campus. Students also will receive a free interactive workbook and 28 days of micro-learning videos sent via text and email.

At the end of each four-week session, participating students will receive a Career Launch Certificate of Completion that they can add to their LinkedIn profile or resume.

“Our goal is to provide students with a framework for creating social capital that will give them an edge in a highly competitive job market,” says Neel. “Our hope is that students will continue to build upon this framework long after they’ve completed the program.”

Career Launch helps 2- and 4-year colleges, public and private universities scale students’ ability to create professional relationships and launch effective job or internship searches in the hidden job market, especially for students with few to no employment outcomes.

Orange Coast College, founded in 1947, is one of the nation’s top transfer schools. With a student population of 25,000, OCC provides exemplary programs leading to Associate degrees and 130 career programs. The college’s 164-acre campus is located in the heart of Costa Mesa.

The article above was released by Orange Coast College.