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STLCC to Launch Career Coach Aug. 7

July 30, 2013

Career Coach  

Wondering what the “hot” jobs will be when you graduate? Thinking about a career change? On Aug. 7, St. Louis Community College will launch the STLCC Career Coach, an online tool to help job seekers answer these questions and more. With one click, St. Louisans can access real-time information about local employment, including how much jobs will pay, which industries have job openings and which jobs will be needed in the future.

“There’s no shortage of open jobs in St. Louis. The challenge is that people either don’t know about them, or they are unsure how to go about learning the right skills to get hired,” said Rod Nunn, STLCC’s vice chancellor for economic development and workforce solutions. “We want people across the St. Louis region to use the STLCC Career Coach to help them find, train for and fill the available jobs in our area.”

The STLCC Career Coach is a free, easy-to-use online resource that allows both students and the public to explore career opportunities and industry trends far beyond what’s currently available on existing job search websites. In addition to the online portal, STLCC has built a traveling version of the tool – a 36-foot computer- and Wi-Fi-equipped trailer. The aptly named STLCC Career “Coach” will visit local events and schools, bringing this technology directly to job seekers and students.

The STLCC Career Coach will officially launch on Wednesday, Aug. 7, in conjunction with STLCC’s State of the St. Louis Workforce event. The vehicle will travel throughout St. Louis with stops at the:

  • Missouri Botanical Garden (7:30 a.m.)  -- Get a sneak peek of the vehicle at the State of the St. Louis Workforce breakfast. To RSVP for the free event, click here.
  • STLCC-Forest Park’s campus (11:30 a.m.) – Chancellor Myrtle E.B. Dorsey will take the STLCC Career Coach online tool live for the first time. Demonstrations of the new website will be conducted with attendees. This ceremony is open to the public.

“STLCC Career Coach will help people understand if they want to work in a certain industry, or even if the pay in a certain field will support their lifestyle. It gives you the inside knowledge to make the best decision for you,” said Donna Dare, STLCC’s vice chancellor for academic and student affairs. “As one of the area’s largest providers of education and workforce training opportunities, we can then step in to help start people on the path to their new job or industry. Through the new tool, we’re helping people make more informed decisions about their career and education plans.”

Visitors to the STLCC Career Coach online portal will easily learn about employment prospects in their chosen career field. The information will be customized to the St. Louis region and include:

  • Current job openings and position descriptions
  • Real-time information on salary ranges and income potential
  • Predictions for future job trends in the region
  • Education and training available at STLCC to help qualify for specific positions

“We know that many of the job opportunities available are middle-skill positions – those that require more than a high school education, but not a full four-year college degree,” Nunn said. "With more than 100 degrees available, the college is in a unique position to offer the right training and education for these types of skills – allowing people looking for work or a change in careers to step right in and fill the open roles.”

STLCC Career Coach also includes a resume builder to help students and job seekers create or refresh a resume quickly and efficiently.