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About the Career Development Center

The Career Development Center is located on the main floor of the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center at 100 East 8th Street.

100 East 8th Street
Holland, MI 49423
Phone (616) 395-7950
Fax (616) 395-7103

For a map to get to Holland and Hope College, click here.

Office Hours
Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - noon, 1:00-5:00 pm

Academic Year: 08/26/14 to 05/01/15

Summer and Breaks (Office is open)
Christmas Break 12/12/14 to 01/06/15
Spring Break 3/13/15 to 3/23/15

The office is closed for most national holidays.

Staff in the Career Development Center

Dale Austin

Dale Austin, Director
Dale has been at Hope College for 33 years and enjoys each new year more. Dale provides individual advising and workshops addressing:

  • job search issues
  • resumes and cover letters
  • interview preparation
  • mock interviews
  • graduate school planning issues

He also works with employers, coordinating the on-campus recruiting programs. He serves as the primary liaison with several collaborative ventures, including the Liberal Arts Career NetWORK and West Michigan Collegiate Career Services. His email address is austin@hope.edu.

StrengthsQuest Top 5:
Relator * Learner * Maximizer * Connectedness * Achiever

 

Jena Szatkowski

Jena Szatkowski, Assistant Director
This year will be Jena's third year at Hope College. She assists students with:

  • internship research and planning
  • internship development for employers
  • registering for an internship course
  • off campus semester internship programs, like the Philadelphia Center
  • resume and cover letter review
  • mock interviews

Jena earned her Master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University where she worked in career services. Jena can be reached at szatkowski@hope.edu

StrengthsQuest Top 5:
Harmony* Discipline * Consistency * Positivity * Relator

 

Sarah McCoy

Sarah McCoy, Program Director
Sarah is in her fourth year in the Career Development Center. She assists the office with:

  • employer relations and engagement
  • coordinating discipline specific programs that integrate curricular and co-curricular activities

Sarah received her Masters in Education with a concentration in College Student Affairs Leadership from Grand Valley State University. Previous to her position with Hope she spent time in the recruiting field. Sarah can be reached at mccoy@hope.edu.

StrengthsQuest Top 5:
Harmony* Responsibility * Connectedness * Empathy * Discipline

 


Joelle Fundaro

Joelle Fundaro, Career Counselor - Networking
This is Joelle's first year at Hope College, where she assists students with:

  • developing a networking strategy to explore careers
  • identifying Hope alumni or other professionals to connect with for informational interviews and job shadowing
  • preparing for a career fair or networking event such as Job Pursuit
  • resume and cover letter review
  • utilizing social media in the job search
Originally from Michigan, Joelle completed her Master’s degree in College Student Personnel at Bowling Green State University. Prior to beginning graduate school, she worked as a traveling Educational Leadership Consultant for a non-profit organization. She enjoys mentoring and guiding students in identifying networking and career opportunities. Joelle's email address is fundaro@hope.edu.

StrengthsQuest™ Top 5:
Learner * Restorative * Positive * Includer * Woo

Amy Freehafer Amy Freehafer, Career Counselor
This is Amy's third year in the Career Development Center. Her responsibilities include:
  • Administering and interpreting career/personality assessment tools
  • Provide outreach material and program support to faculty, students and staff, addressing career exploration, assessment, decision making, and planning
  • Resume and cover letter review
  • Oversee StrengthsQuest programming on campus
  • Supervises the Career Advisor Program
  • Facilitating career modules for First Year Seminar classes

Amy is a Hope College alumna and received her MSW from Grand Valley State University. She comes with experience in the areas of career and personal counseling in higher education. In addition, she spent 20 years in the non-profit human services sector in the areas of mental health, senior housing and substance abuse. She can be reached at freehafer@hope.edu.

StrengthsQuest Top 5:
Empathy * Learner* Woo * Communication * Includer

 

Carolyn Clayton

Carolyn Clayton
This is Carolyn's first year at Hope, her responsibilities include:

  • Administering and interpreting career/personality assessment tools
  • Evaluating and assisting in the development of student resume and cover letters
  • Cooperatively supporting StrengthsQuest programming on campus
  • Facilitating career modules for First Year Seminar classes

Originally from New Jersey, Carolyn attended undergrad at Messiah College and received her Master's Degree in Higher Education from Geneva College. Her higher education career has spanned residence life, student leadership, advancement and admissions. She can be reached at clayton@hope.edu.

StrengthsQuest Top 5:
Activator * Communication * Strategic * Individualization * Learner

 

Elizabeth Bocks
Elizabeth (Libby) is the office manager for the Career Development Center. Her responsibilities include:

  • maintaining the office's web pages
  • assisting with on-campus recruiting and career fairs
  • supervising student workers
  • other office-related activities

Libby is a graduate of Hope College and started her work in the Career Development Center in December of 1994.

StrengthsQuest Top 5:
Learner * Harmony * Achiever * Input * Consistency

 

 

Student Staff
Students play a critical role in the office as receptionists and Career Advisors.