Ohlone College Expands Services at the Tri-Cities Career Center
Fremont, Calif., August 1, 2018—The Tri-Cities One-Stop Career Center has a new name and a new mission. Now called, the Ohlone College Tri-Cities Career Center, it’s expanding its scope of services by infusing four career development and talent acquisition models into one. In order to better serve students, the community, and prospective employers the career center is integrating services, best practices, and resources from high schools, community colleges, universities, and the federal workforce development system under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funded by the Alameda County Workforce Development Board.
“Our aim is to improve the lives of the students we serve and to support our surrounding communities,” said Daniel Newell, Director of the Ohlone College Tri-Cities Career Center. “We wanted to improve our stewardship to job seekers and employers by leveraging resources from multiple outlets to better support career development needs and talent acquisition and to deploy a career center model that is more student-friendly.”
To align with its newly expanded commitment to students and the community, the center also revised its mission: To change lives through innovation by connecting students and the community to future careers.
“We’re increasing our emphasis on programs that positively impact students like internships, apprenticeships, and career exploration within their areas of interest and majors,” said Newell.
Exploratory services now include information sessions where the center hosts a company representative on campus giving students the chance to meet the recruiter and to ask questions. Additionally, the center has launched Career Trek—a field trip to a company site where students are able to get a feel of the company culture, campus, and network for potential internships and inquire about job opportunities.
A new menu of services accessible at the Career Center and online allows users to self-select the level of engagement that best meets their needs and preferences—giving students greater access to employers interested in filling internships, apprenticeships, and jobs. By leveraging new technology and service delivery models with the state-wide CalJOBS system, job seekers and employers can better connect through physical and virtual access points.
The Career Center also has adopted a national virtual platform and mobile app called Symplicity Jobs and Careers. Symplicity connects students at more than 1,000 colleges and universities to thousands of employers who are actively seeking students and alumni for job and internship opportunities.
“Ohlone has demonstrated exemplary leadership in executing their vision for integrating workforce development and career services. We are very proud of what they’ve accomplished and are confident that our communities will be well served by this new design and mix of services,” said Patti Castro, Director of the Alameda County Workforce Development Board.
The Career Center has served the tri-cities community for over 20 years and has expanded its reach to employers that include Bay Area markets like Alameda County and Silicon Valley. For more information about the Ohlone College Tri-Cities Career Center, visit https://www.ohlone.edu/careercenter.