SJSU Career Center Receives Commendation for Innovation by City of San Jose
Contact: Daniel Newell, 408-924-6028
SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Jose State University (SJSU) Career Center received a commendation for innovation at San Jose City Hall on December 2. Nominated and co-sponsored by Council-member Rose Herrera and Mayor-elect Sam Liccardo, the commendation was presented by Mayor Chuck Reed and signed by the city council at large. Dr. Renee Barnett Terry, interim vice president for the division of student affairs accepted the honor on behalf of Mohammed Qayoumi, SJSU President, and Susan Rockwell, SJSU Career Center Director.
The council highlighted the Career Center’s enormous success in helping students and alumni prepare for the world of work and aiding them in embarking on careers. Council-member Herrera stated, “It’s my great pleasure today to commend the San Jose State Career Center for their game changing innovation… The San Jose State Career Center last fiscal year used its resource to serve 24k recruiters and over 17k employers locally and around the globe… Due to their bold efforts, students have gained an ally in the fight to find a job after graduation.” The practical intelligence and resilience of SJSU Spartans makes the SJSU Career Center a hub for global access to employers, bridging academia to industry around the world. Council-member Herrera noted the success of SJSU job fairs, and the more than 75k jobs and internships developed by the Career Center and housed in SJSU Handshake, the official SJSU job and internship database. The new SJSU Spartan Staffing program powered by SlingShot Connections and ExpandAbility was acknowledged for its innovation. As the only known program of its kind in the nation, SJSU is paving the way to continue powering Silicon Valley through creativity and entrepreneurship, reasons why SJSU remains a global destination for learning.
Dr. Barnett Terry stated, “San Jose State University is known as the number one supplier of business, education and engineering graduates to the Valley, and we are an integral part of the economic engine that fuels the economy. Surrounded by innovators and innovation, the Career Center is well-positioned to create new approaches to connecting job seekers with employers.”
The commendation was accepted by Dr. Renee Barnett Terry, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs, Susan Rockwell, Director, Career Center, Julie Sedlemeyer, Associate Director, Moira Kolasinski, Employer Services Lead & Employment Specialist, Daniel Newell, Program Mgr, Workforce/Economic Development, Donna Gilmour, Employment Specialist Lead, Lisa Trikofski, Events, Marketing and Sponsorship Specialist, John Salangsang, Internship Specialist, and Andrew Soliz, Career and Internship Resource Coordinator.
San José State — Silicon Valley’s largest institution of higher learning with 30,500 students and 3,850 employees — is part of the California State University system. SJSU’s 154-acre downtown campus anchors the nation’s 10th largest city.