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Career Coach Program Scores Recognitions

Posted on December 17, 2012



by Holly Walker

Trying to figure out what you want to do with your life can be complicated – especially when you’re in middle school or high school. What kind of career do you want to pursue? What skills do you need for that type of work? What can you do now to prepare? Where do you want to continue your education or training? How long will it take? Discovering the answers to these questions can be an overwhelming task unless you have someone who can offer guidance – like a career coach. Career coaches are community college employees who work in high schools and middle schools to help students get the information they need to make informed decisions about their future careers and educational plans.

This academic year, John Tyler Community College’s Career Coach Program was recognized for its excellence with two big honors.

The program was honored with the 2012-2013 Chancellor’s Award for Exemplary Career Coaches in the amount of $30,000. This is an annual award recognizing career coaches who have contributed significantly to their schools and to the overall program. The award also acknowledges the college’s successful management of the program. This year, Jasmine Philip, a career coach at Petersburg High School, and Cynthia Knupp, a career coach at Meadowbrook High School in Chesterfield County, were recognized for their hard work and commitment to JTCC’s program.

Knupp has been the career coach at Meadowbrook for six years. During that time, she has worked with students, helping them develop their career pathways, and introducing them to colleges and employers through a variety of field trips.  She also is involved in the Gear Up Program, which helps low income families prepare for a successful transition to postsecondary educational institutions, and she offers training and assistance to new career coaches.

Philip has been a career coach at Petersburg for more than five years. To help students make informed decisions about their career and educational options, Philip organizes trips to career fairs, coordinates community services projects, and creates presentations and workshops designed to teach students about job skills and interviewing techniques. She also is actively involved in the Gear Up Program.

In addition to receiving the Chancellor’s Award for Exemplary Career Coaches, JTCC’s program also captured the attention of Bank of America. Bank of America gave the JTCC Foundation a $10,000 grant in support of the College’s Career Coach Program.Career Coach Program Scores Recognitions

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