Employment Services helps students find jobs

More students than ever are using the services in Student Employment and Career Services — and they’re getting jobs, said Director Debra Vaughn. She said since 2008, the career guidance programs in her department have seen a 124 percent increase in use.

“Career Services are giving the student the tools and empowering them to land the job,” Vaughn said.

One program getting the most use is Optimal Resume online at www.occc.optimalresume.com, she said. Some of the tools Optimal Resume offers are cover letter creation, résumé, and interviewing skills practice.

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Information Technology department receives fall upgrade

Students in the Information Technology Division will soon be staring at two monitors instead of one when using lab computers, and using a faster operating system in the classrooms, Computer Aided Technology Department Chair John Helton said.

Helton said the multimedia lab on the third floor of the Keith Leftwich Memorial Library will have its computers fitted with two screens each.

The dual monitors will “give the student more screen real estate,” Lab Supervisor Gary Dominguez said.

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Students return to reopened facilities

After three days of cleaning up from torrential rains that closed the Aquatics Center, the Weight Room and the Social Sciences Center, all three areas reopened last week Khari Huff, Recreation and Fitness Coordinator said.

The cost of cleaning and repairs hasn’t been totaled, Huff said. She said she was not sure when a final amount would be tabulated.

The centers were closed July 7 when more than 2.5 inches of rain flooded parts of the low lying areas of the college.

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Web security program cited for excellence

OCCC’s Cyber Security program was nationally recognized in June as one of the best programs in the nation, according to a letter from the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency.

The college is one of only six two-year schools in the nation to receive the award for how well it prepares students to enter into the cyber security field, said Tom Ashby, acting dean of Information Technology.

“The criterion for this award were very high and by exceeding them we showed our continued commitment to excellence in this area of study,” Ashby said.

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Clothes closet to offer professional dress for business students

Graduating business students on a tight budget won’t have to scour the sales racks at the local mall to find professional dress for interviews.

Some students will be able to select free clothing from the Business Clothes Closet starting this fall, said Lisa Adkins, Administrative Office Technology professor.

Located in the Business Department, the closet will be available at the start of the school year, Adkins, who directs the program, said.

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Nursing student task force helps ESL students succeed

Nursing students who don’t speak English as their first language are getting support this fall in the form of recommendations from a college task force.

The Nursing Student Success Task Force has been working since 2009 to design programs to assist nursing students who aren’t being successful, said Lydia Rucker, task force chair and Communications Lab assistant.

Rucker said the group has recommended workshops to teach students how to break down nursing textbooks and how to study.

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Carson’s Catering to consider healthier, diet-friendly options

Students who are looking for healthier food choices or those who are diabetic, on gluten-free diets or vegan may soon find more options in the cafeteria, said Carson’s Catering and Food Concepts General Manager Corrine Aguilar.

Aguilar said she plans to expand the healthy choices offered in the College Union to include meals and foods which are more health and diet centered.

“I have already made a small version of the new menu that will be available soon,” she said. “(I) will have it blown up to a more noticeable size in the cafeteria.”

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Nominations sought for Alumni Hall of Fame

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2010 Alumni Hall of Fame, said Pat Berryhill, Institutional Advancement executive director.

Berryhill said nominees must have graduated from OCCC and had a positive impact on the community. Anyone can nominate a graduate for the award, she said.

“Faculty, staff, fellow students, community members — they’re all more than welcome,” Berryhill said.

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