Career Catapult

September 28, 2020 WCC Marketing

Career Catapult | Washtenaw Community CollegeTarget Your Next Job

Join us for this information-packed virtual event that can help you jump-start your career and land the job you want:

  • Discover resources to target your next job.
  • Equip yourself with the right tools to add to your job search toolbox.
  • Explore available career planning services.
  • Attend for FREE!

Career Catapult


Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020


9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily



Oct. 20

Schedule of Events

Find Your Target

9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. – Welcome & Keynote Address

Dr. Kimberly Hurns, Vice President for Instruction

9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. – Identify Your Strengths: Personality Assessment Group Activity

Rachel Barsch, Supervisor of Student Activities, WCC Student Activities Team
Veronica Boissoneau, Coordinator of Student Organizations

Get to know each other and learn about yourself! You will identify your predominant personality traits and discover new ways to better support your teammates and future coworkers.

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10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Wellness Break

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. – Discover Your Advantage: Career Assessment

Jim Bauer, Counselor, WCC Student Services Team

After completing the “My Next Move” career assessment, you will be on your way to discovering how your interests and skills can give you an advantage when you select the right job. Learn the history as well as the pros and cons of career assessments during this highly informative session.

Note: the following assessment must be completed prior to the session: Interest Profiler (60 questions taking approximately 30 minutes).

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11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Wellness Break

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. – Chart Your Path: Career Exploration

Dave Wildfong, Professional Services Faculty/Student Advisor, WCC Career Transitions Team

Wondering what career path is right for you? Curious how your skills and interest align with career fields? Gain insight into how to identify the right fit for your skills and interests as well as strategies for success once you choose your path.

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Oct. 21

Schedule of Events

Load Your Catapult

9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Get Noticed: Writing a Dynamic Resume

Amanda Deacon, Student Advisor, WCC Career Transitions Team

Your résumé is the most important tool in your toolbox. An effective résumé can make the difference between getting an interview and landing on the cutting room floor. Join us to learn how to present your skills, training, work experience, education, and accomplishments in a way that makes you stand out to employers.

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10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Wellness Break

10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. – Nail the Interview: Get the Job You Want

Barbra Hauswirth, Experiential Learning Coordinator, WCC Career Transitions Team

Discover proven strategies for making a good impression in your interview that can lead to landing the job of your dreams.

In this workshop, you’ll learn tips on how to:

  • Prepare for a successful interview.
  • Put your best foot forward during the interview.
  • Organize an effective follow-up strategy.

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11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Wellness Break

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Working from Home: A Guide to Survival

David Wildfong, Professional Services Faculty/Student Advisor, WCC Career Transitions Team

While working from home may be a dream come true for some, for others it is challenging and can lead to increased stress. Explore some of the common stressors that remote workers experience. Learn strategies to help cope with the stress to maintain your well-being.

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Oct. 22

Schedule of Events

Launch Your Career

9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Turn Your Vision into Reality: Goal Setting

Rick Harkness, Professional Development Trainer, Economic & College Development Division

Review and discuss some of the most important keystones for personal and career goal setting. Learn how and why goals are established and measured to help build your personal value and drive the results you desire. Control your plan for success even when market conditions change to realize the financial benefits of achieving both personal and career goals.

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10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Wellness Break

10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Build a Successful Career: Networking Strategies

Shani Penn, Professional Development Trainer, Economic & College Development Division

Professional networks can create job and business opportunities that lead to long-term success. Learn effective networking techniques to help you develop relationships that benefit you both personally and professionally.

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11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Explore Your Next Steps: Panel Discussion

Panel Host: Pete Leshkevich
Shana Barker, Scholar, Alumni & Emeritus Foundation Manager, WCC Foundation
Caleb Boswell, College Student Advisor
Jenelle Franklin, Campus Visit Coordinator
Cheryl Harvey, Director, Career Transitions
Lori Trapp, Director, Financial Aid
Shelly Zervos, Director, Corporate & Lifelong Learning

Ready for the next step? Over the last three days you have assessed your personal talents, explored career options, and gained the skills needed to get a head start in the workforce. But the journey doesn’t end there.

From our panel of experts, learn how to effectively work with The WCC Team to learn about the various paths you can take to further your skills and embark on your career. The WCC Team is here to help you take the next steps to launch a successful career.

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12:15 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Closing Keynote

Mika Mcaskill, Vice President, Strategic Enrollment Management