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UTA unveils new state-of-the-art Career Development Center

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Media Contact: Bridget Lewis

News Topics: alumni, commencement, faculty, student life, students

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Career Development Center grand opening

Graduates of The University of Texas at Arlington will have a critical advantage over their job-seeking competition as the University’s new Career Development Center begins serving their needs in a revolutionary way.

"Where talent meets opportunity” is the guiding principal of UTA’s new state-of-the-art facility that officially opened its doors Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, at the E. H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St.

Venturing far beyond conventional employment advising programs long a staple of universities, the UTA Career Development Center is engaging students at the earliest possible moment, as freshmen, helping them identify their interests and talents, possible professions associated with those abilities, the right classes to take and mastery of important workforce-related skills during their time at UTA.

“The Career Development Center will be transformational not only for our students, but also for our alumni, since it will serve both,” UTA President Vistasp Karbhari said. “We will ensure that our graduates are not just the best prepared in their fields, but are the most sought after by all employers.”

He added: “UTA alumni will add extensive value as mentors, guides and resources for career advancement in the tradition of the elite Ivy Leagues. No longer are we going to sit back and say ‘someone does it better.’ They’re going to look at us and say ‘we need to catch up with UTA.’”

Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams called the facility a game-changer and noted the growth and quality of prominent new faculty hires. Referencing several new improvement projects in downtown Arlington, he called UTA a major catalyst behind development. Mayor Williams, president of Arlington-based Graham Associates, Inc. – an award-winning engineering and planning firm, said he has hired many UTA graduates and that it has made a difference because of their work ethic and the skills with which they are equipped when they leave UTA.

“They are ready to go to work and they are well-rounded,” Williams said. “I’m excited about how this facility will help dreams come true for students of UTA and also the dreams of businesses as they get great young talent to help build their companies.”

The largest employers of UTA graduates nationwide, are: Lockheed Martin, Texas Health Resources, Baylor Scott & White Health, AT&T, Tarrant County College, Bank of America, American Airlines, Fidelity Investments, the Dallas Independent School District, and IBM. In planning the center, UTA sought the advice and guidance of many area corporations and businesses to determine what they look for in potential recruits for their respective industries and advise the University on how to equip graduates with a complete suite of professional characteristics to make them attractive employment candidates.

The center is part of a $6 million renovation project at the University Center, made possible in part by the Amon G. Carter Foundation, Bell Helicopter, Follett, Oncor Electric Delivery, Texas Trust Credit Union, Utley Group, Wells Fargo, XTO Energy and other generous supporters. Additional participation by companies and individuals committed to building the next generation of workforce and community leaders in partnership with UTA is welcomed. 

In addition to connecting students with top employers, the center will:

  • Allow the many successful UTA alumni in North Texas and beyond to engage with undergraduates by providing internships at areas businesses and serving as mentors;
  • Emphasize cultivating students’ work ethics and their leadership, communication, decision-making, problem-solving, and teamwork skills to complement their academic majors;
  • Provide career training for students beginning with their first semester on campus.
  • Deliver a robust slate of services including customized student learning portfolios, an innovative employer relations program, a one-stop shop for internships/externships and job opportunities;
  • Collect holistic measures of success for job attainment by graduates, alumni engagement, internship placements, graduate preparedness and employer satisfaction which will be used to continually improve the center’s services to students.

The center will implement the Career Continuum Model, which delivers key growth opportunities to students throughout their academic journey and post-graduation. Corporations and their representatives will provide lectures on different types of professions, expand internship placements, and help provide that employment-ready polish that businesses expect and for which students strive.

“One of the most significant measures of a college education is meaningful employment after a student receives a degree,” said Quinnan, vice president for Student Affairs, the division that will lead the center’s operations. “We expect the Career Development Center will give current and newly graduated students improved opportunities to connect with employers and offer our corporate partners a concierge-level experience that encourages them to see UTA as their campus of choice in workforce recruiting.”

Lolín Martins-Crane (’88, BS, Psychology) will officially begin serving as the center’s new director on Sept. 1. The former director for organizational development for Pier 1 Imports understands the significance of building a talent development culture and partnerships with businesses. She believes the center will be different, new and revolutionary.

“It’s about helping engage students in a different kind of way to help them understand that there are things they can do every single year that they are at UTA to start building their dream job and dream careers,” Martins-Crane said, encouraging students to begin exploring the resources available at the Career Development Center from day one of their journey at UTA.

Alumni also are welcomed to explore the center and engage in mentoring and internship opportunities. The UTA Career Development Center is open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 817-272-2932 to schedule an appointment with a career consultant or visit www.uta.edu/careers/ for more information.

For more information on giving to UTA, contact the UTA Office of Development at 817-272-2584 or visit www.uta.edu/giving  

About The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie Research-1 “highest research activity” institution of about 55,000 students in campus-based and online degree programs and is the second-largest institution in The University of Texas System. U.S. News & World Report ranks UTA fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times’ 2016 Best for Vets list. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more, and find UTA rankings and recognition at www.uta.edu/uta/about/rankings.php

For more on the UTA Strategic Plan 2020: Bold Solutions | Global Impact, see www.uta.edu/strategicplan/

 

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The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.