Vision

To offer inclusive, nationally-recognized services that encourage all students and alumni to realize their full potential and pursue their professional goals.  To engage employers in meaningful ways, connecting talented student and alumni with opportunities.

Mission

The Twardowski Career Development Center serves as the bridge connecting students and alumni to the professional world, introducing them to who they can become.

Commitment to inclusion

We invite students, alumni, and employers to bring their full identities, and express themselves without fear of judgement, to every interaction with the Career Development Center. We strive to be a space where those with which we work feel seen, heard, respected, and provided every opportunity to be successful.

 

Staff Directory

Jennifer Rossi Long

Jennifer Rossi Long

Director
jlong@wcupa.edu
(610) 436-2511

Liaison to

  • The Alumni Association
  • The Office of Admissions
  • The West Chester University Foundation 
  • Student Success and Retention
  • Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Parent & Family Relations
  • University Marketing
  • External Affairs

Career Development Center Email

Phyllis Schoen

Phyllis Schoen

Associate Director for Employer Engagement
pschoen@wcupa.edu
(610) 436-2934

  • Leads employer initiatives, including the Campus Recruiting Program, Career Fairs, Meet Ups, and other employer-related programs

Department Liaison

  • Center for Civic Engagement & Social Impact
Kate Shellaway

Kate Shellaway

Associate Director
kshellaway@wcupa.edu
(610) 436-2540

Academic Liaison for

  • College of Arts and Humanities
  • University College - Pre-Major Academic Advising & Academic Success Program (ASP)

Department Liaison for

  • Athletics
  • Student Leadership & Involvement
  • Center for Women & Gender Equity
  • Wellness Promotion
Amber Pleasants

Amber Pleasants

Associate Director
apleasants@wcupa.edu
(610) 430-5880

Academic Liaison for

  • College of Health Sciences
  • College of Science & Mathematics

Liaison for

  • Veterans Center
  • Office of Services for Students with Disabilities
  • Counseling Center
  • Transfer Students
Amanda Baker

Amanda Baker

Assistant Director
abaker2@wcupa.edu
(610) 436-2522

Academic Liaison for

  • College of Business & Public Management

Department Liaison for

  • Center for Trans & Queer Advocacy
  • Global Engagement Office
  • The Graduate School/Graduate Student Association
  • Fraternity & Sorority Life
Yessica Gutierrez

Yessica Gutierrez

Assistant Director
ygutierrez@wcupa.edu
(610) 436-2758

Academic Liaison for

  • College of Education and Social Work
  • Wells School of Music

Liaison for

  • The Dub-C Autism Program
  • The Dowdy Multicultural Center
  • New Student Programs
  • The Philadelphia Campus
Mekiyah Pernell

Mekiyah Pernell

Recruiting & Events Coordinator
MConey@wcupa.edu
(610) 436-2502

  • Member of the Employer Engagement and Events Team
  • Oversees the On Campus Interviewing Program, Information Tables, and logistics for recruiting and networking events
Keara Hennessey

Keara Hennessey

khennessey@wcupa.edu

Office Assistant
(610) 436-2501

Student Staff

Cooper Rothman

Cooper Rothman

Graduate Assistant

Ram Logo

Joe DeLibero

Graduate Assistant

Adrianna Castillo

Adrianna Castillo

Career Ambassador

Gemma Giuffrida

Gemma Giuffrida

Career Ambassador

Jodeane Ashman

Jodeane Ashman

Career Ambassador

Morgan Culbreath

Morgan Culbreath

Career Ambassador

Ryan Steffe

Ryan Steffe

Career Ambassador

Vanessa Rodriguez Segovia

Vanessa Rodriguez Segovia

Digital Marketing Intern

Molly Cooper

Molly Cooper

Employer Engagement Intern

About Our Name

The Twardowski Career Development Center was named on May 6, 2000 to honor the legacy of its founding director and West Chester alumnus Dr. Edward T. Twardowski, known as "Dr. T." An endowment was created through a leadership gift from the Twardowski family and others who knew Dr. T to support programs and services that assist students and alumni in securing employment and rewarding careers.

Dr. Edward T. Twardowski, Class of 1942, served West Chester University for more than 25 years as an alumnus, teacher, counselor, coach, mentor, and colleague. After receiving his bachelor's degree from West Chester, he received a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate from Temple University.

Dr. Twardowski was a member of the health and physical education faculty and made a major contribution to the lives of many future teachers and to West Chester sports history. He was the popular coach of championship swim teams from 1952 until 1960 and served for several years as a tennis coach and as the first-year students football coach.

Dr. Twardowski was also a Fulbright scholar in Columbia and received the Distinguished Faculty and Meritorious Teaching awards while on the faculty of West Chester. As one who was especially concerned for students' welfare, Dr. Twardowski founded the Career Development Center and served for 11 years as its first director.

 

Annual Reports

The career center provides a range of services and programs that actively engage students, alumni, and employers each year. The annual report provides a summary of appointment volume, presentations and workshop attendance, and job and internship recruiting activity.

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