C O L L E G E T O C A R E E R 9 Liliana Beltran Estrada College of the Desert graduates power the local workforce, expand the economy and enhance the quality of life in the community. For nearly 60 years, students have turned to COD to pursue their hopes and dreams of a better life. A big part of that today is the College’s Career andWorkforce Solutions Center, which helps provide students guidance in pursuing a career and finding jobs and internships. “Because of the Career Center, I was able to find a job,”said ShaneTate, a freshman from Desert Hot Springs who landed a job atThe Living Desert. “Through the plEDGE program, I heard Center Director Robert St. Juliana talk about helping people get jobs. Later, I talked to him for about an hour and learned about the Job Hub app,” the energetic and outgoing student said.“Counselor Frank Ramirez helped me set up a resume. I had never had a job, but Frank helped me determine my skillsets. “I’m a performer, so seeing the title‘Dinosaur Performer’on the Job Hub was quite intriguing. Soon after, I decided to give it a try and I got the position,”he said of his Living Desert job as Brutus theTyrannosaurus Rex.“Now it’s definitely something I can put on my resume!” The plEDGE student is considering majoring in communications or political science. “Without the Career Center, I would not be as involved at COD as I am,”said Shane, who started the 17-member Fly Desert dance team at the college. The Center supports businesses in the CoachellaValley and beyond by serving as a bridge between the students and alumni seeking gainful employment and diverse industries needing to attract and retain a skilled and educated workforce. “In this day and age, most of our students are very digital.They’re much more likely to look for a job on an online bulletin board than one with staples and tacks,”said Dr. Kelly Hall, Dean of the School of Arts and Social Sciences.“So how could we help those Career and Workforce Solutions Center Connects Students With Jobs and Internships employers find workers? By creating an app the students can use with the smartphone they carry with them 24/7.That was essential.” More than 21,000 current and past students have active accounts on the Center’s Job Hub free app and website. Liliana Beltran Estrada, a full-time education major who wants to teach elementary school, visits the Center regularly to expand her skillsets. “I discovered the Center when they held a professional etiquette workshop,”the Colombia native said.Within a week, she had taken two more sessions focused on job interviews and effective job search strategies. She’s now completed 10 sessions and plans to sign up for more. “It’s been a fun and informational process that helps prepare me for the job search and interview process to come.” Those students and alumni looking to find a job or to gain new skills can visit the Center, which is in the Administration Building.