Career Centers Team Up

Apr 13, 2020

Cal U’s Career and Professional Development Center is among those participating in the PASSHE-West Virtual Recruitment Campaign.

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When universities transition to online learning, how do student job-seekers and employers stay connected?

Cal U’s Career and Professional Development Center is teaming up with career centers from Clarion, Edinboro, Indiana and Slippery Rock universities to present the PASSHE-West Virtual Recruitment Campaign.

The campaign will use virtual technologies, such as Zoom, to introduce employers and other organizations to students at the five western Pennsylvania universities in the State System of Higher Education.

Collectively, these five schools enroll more than 30,000 students, expanding the reach of employers who take part in the pilot program. So far, nearly 50 employers have signed on.

“All of our institutions utilize Handshake, one of the largest online recruiting platforms for college students nationwide,” said Rhonda Gifford, director of career and professional development at Cal U.

“We are leveraging our shared technology and resources for the benefit of all of our students.”

Each university is working to promote the program to its students and register them for the online recruiting sessions, where they meet with employers via Zoom to learn more about jobs and internship opportunities. 

“Virtual events such as these are allowing us to stay connected with our career center and potential employers to ensure we stay on track with our career readiness,” said Cal U student Abbey Bauer, a school counseling major.

Career center directors say that despite the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, employers remain interested in recruiting college students.

The PASSHE-West Virtual Recruitment campaign runs from April 16 through May 11. Future campaigns will be announced in May, and results of the pilot program will be shared with State System career centers in central and eastern Pennsylvania.

Get involved

Employers who are interested in connecting with students through the Virtual Recruitment Campaign may contact the career center at any participating university. Employers who wish to host a future session can reach the Cal U Career Center at

Students can register through the Events section of their Handshake account. For questions, email