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Career event at COC a big success

Posted: July 14, 2010 11:16 a.m.
Updated: July 14, 2010 11:16 a.m.

The Career Center at College of the Canyons hosted CareerCampSCV for more than 100 people at the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center on Saturday, July 10.

The day included scheduled speakers, ad hoc presentations and breakout sessions on all aspects of building a great career. CareerCampSCV was FREE for all adults who wanted to build or improve their careers.

Santa Clarita Mayor Laurene Weste proclaimed July 10 as CareerCampSCV Day in honor the unconference to help many local people come together and get the career they want and deserve.

Attendee Dale Berry had this to say: "What I witnessed (Saturday) was the opportunity for those who may have previously referenced themselves as being in a place of lack, to recognize the inner riches and abilities that they've always owned. This concept promotes the village - where judgment is contra-indicated because the value of each person's contribution is vital to the success of the whole. This was collaboration at its best and an important model from which to build.

"Everything begins and ends with the heart," Berry said. "Yesterday was full of heart. Thank you for gracing my path and the path of others with your imprint. The day was full of wonderful people doing wonderful things."

Attendee Kevin R. Panet said, "Thank you for an awesome day. It was very well organized and I was very impressed with how many people showed up and the feelings of optimism, helpfulness and excitement for the future."

Co-Chair Anthony Michaelides, Career Services and Job Placement Director at COC, explains, "The mission of the University Center was served perfectly through reaching out to community members who see a four year or post graduate degree program as a part of their future career plans. In conjunction with the city, the WorkSource Center and the Small Business Development Center we were able to bring people together for the common cause of bettering their career opportunities."

Co-Chair Risa Rosenthal noted that "merchants throughout Santa Clarita joined hands in support of this day. They provided dozens of wonderful gifts like car washes, hair cuts, meals and dry cleaning to empower candidates to interview and succeed."

Co-Chair Mitch Krayton observed the smiles on the faces of the people as they left for the day. "That was all the validation we needed to know that we have served our community well and done a great thing."

Co-Chair Douglas E. Welch took the unconference idea from the high tech world and pointed it to the need to explore career options. He initiated CareerCampLA in Northridge earlier this year from which this event evolved. "We need to take an active part in our lives. Organizing an event where the attendees control the day is very uplifting. Using free online tools to organize and produce an event validates the importance of new media going forward."

CareerCampSCV organizers have already received requests from other communities in California and around the country to put CareerCamps on in their locales. A formal entity is being organized to make that a reality.

CareerCampInternational will be available to train and mentor all others, anywhere, who wish to put on a CareerCamp unconference for their community.


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