Here to Help: Keep Career Goals on Track

Mar 24, 2020

The Career and Professional Development Center at Cal U offers online tools to help students.


Students can stay on top of career planning, job searches and graduate school goals while they are off campus for the remainder of the spring semester, according to the director of Cal U’s Career and Professional Development Center.

Cal U has switched to remote operations and professors are conducting all classes via online or distance learning beginning March 30 as part of the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We want students to know that we are here to help them, even though it may feel like their world is a little out of control right now,” Rhonda Gifford said. “All of our services, other than face-to-face job fairs, of course, are accessible remotely if they have access to a computer or phone.”

Handshake and virtual career coaching appointments are two ways students can remain proactive. All students have accounts they can log into via the Handshake Jobs and Career app or at

Every student also has a Cal U career coach who can help them stay on track.

Starfish is another way students can connect to campus resources using their laptop or smartphone. Once students set up their Starfish profile in the Vulcan Information Portal, they can ask for help with an academic or financial concern, or stay on track toward graduation, with reminders about important deadlines and dates.  

The CPDC and Internship Center are also available to connect with students via email at or or phone at 724-938-4413.

“Now is a great time for students to take control of their professional future, and we're here to help them to be successful,” Gifford said.