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Career Connections Group

Career Connections Day Tuesday May 12, 2015 8:30am to 1:30pm

The Rotary Club of Walnut Creek is offering an intimate setting at the Gardens at Heather Farms on May 12, 2015 with 9 mentors willing to mentor 3 people each, who are interested in pursuing careers in the catagory of the mentor. This is a matched pairing between mentors and students, so if you are interested, contact Jesse Smyres, who is this year's Vocation Director and also one of the 9 mentors who have volunteered their time.

This year, each of the mentors has their own schedule, and so if you sign up with them, they will tell you more about what they are offering. Here are the mentors who have volunteered

Karen Lile, Television/Radio/Mulit-Media programming and broadcast
Trudy Triner, Health care administration
Bob Romero, Small business
Rich Fleming, Real Estate
Dave Levien, Finance
Jesse Smyers, Real Estate Appraisal
Dess Benedetto, Estate Law
Cathy Durfee, Business Banking
Jonathan Bishop, Legal/Litigation
Tom Rockwell, CPA

See Jesse Smyre's Real Estate Appraiser Agenda for an example of a schedule provdide by one of the mentors.

If you are interested, please contact Jesse Smyers. It would be helpful if you can give your name, school, why you are interested in this mentorship opportunity

Below is a video of former DVC students speaking about their mentors at the first DVC Career Connections Day in 2012

Rotary's Four-Way Test

A few of the speakers at the Rotary luncheon will talk about the 4 Way Ethics Test and how they used it in their vocation. The four way test consists of 4 questions:

1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Past Career Connections Days

On Friday, October 25, 2013 the DVC Business Administration Department, DVC Career and Employment Services, and the Rotary Club of Walnut Creek sponsored the second annual Career Connections Day. This is a special day for connecting DVC students to career professionals in a variety of industries including Business, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), and the Arts. During Career Connections Day, professionals will share information and provide job shadowing and networking opportunities. Last year, the event was held at The Gardens at Heather Farms. This year, it is on the DVC Campus and will serve as a culmination of DVC's Career Week. Click the link below to register.

There were 129 students attending.





2012 and 2013: A Partnership between Diablo Valley College Business Administration, Diablo Valley College Career and Employment Service Department and the Rotary Club of Walnut Creek.

Mission Statement

DVC and Rotary Club of Walnut Creek Career Connections

To bridge the gap between DVC Business Students and the Business Community

To connect DVC Students with Business Leaders, so students can explore career paths and opportunities

To promote high ethical standards in the community and to share by example how these ethical standards are applied in the workplace.

To recognize the equal value of all useful professions.

Steering Committee Directors 2012 and 2013

Listed in alphabetical order by last name.

Sarah Boland
Coordinator, Career and Employment Services, Diablo Valley College
Pamela Hawkins
Department Chair, Business Administration Department, Diablo Valley College
Karen Lile, B.A.
Vocational/Resource Chair, Rotary Club of Walnut Creek
Planner/Webmaster, Karen Lile Services
LoAnn Winkler
Adjunct Instructor, Business Division, Diablo Valley College and Los Medanos College
Rotary International District 5160 - Camp Venture Facilitator/Instructor - 2010, 2012, 2013

Rotary's Four-Way Test

A few of the speakers at the Rotary luncheon will talk about the 4 Way Ethics Test and how they used it in their vocation. The four way test consists of 4 questions:

1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Participating Business Leaders 2013

Click here for more information about the Presentors/Mentors who have volunteered their time for this community service to Diablo Valley College Students.

Restaurant / Hospitality
Construction/Engineering
Film/TV/Music
Journalism / Writing
Entrepreneurship/Small Business Ownership
Law
Finance / Insurance
Non-profit and Community Services
Science / Research
Manufacturing
Education
Public Service
Health Services
Computer / IT
Real Estate