Update on Penn State Wilkes-Barre's Career Services Center

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Progress is under way for Penn State Wilkes-Barre's Struthers Family Career Services Center.

Thanks to a recent gift from longtime Penn State supporters Richard K. and Sharon Struthers, construction began in the fall on The Struthers Family Career Services Center at the campus. The center will offer both current students and job-changing graduates in the region a comprehensive range of resources. Going beyond traditional services such as resume workshops and career fairs, the center also will provide state-of-the-art technology for video interviews and online job searches.

"Northeastern Pennsylvania is facing many challenges, including the difficulty of keepingyoung people in the region and in good jobs," said Ric Struthers, who grew up in Shavertown and spent two years of his Penn State education at the Wilkes-Barre campus before earning his management degree at University Park in 1977. "Sharon and I hope that the center will not only help individual students build their careers, but also create a stronger economic environment for them to enter when they graduate."

The center will be home to three new staff members dedicated to connecting Penn Staters with employers who need their skills -- a career services coordinator, an assistant, and a regional job and internship development specialist charged with assisting all five campuses in northeastern Pennsylvania (Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Schuylkill, Worthington Scranton and Wilkes-Barre).

"The need for student support services, particularly in areas such as career development, will increase with expanded program offerings," explained Madlyn L. Hanes, vice president for Commonwealth Campuses at Penn State. "The Struthers Career Services initiative represents a creative use of resources to meet these needs. This partnership among these campuses will afford students across the five campuses ready access to timely career development services."

The Struthers Family Career Services Center will be located in an expanded section of the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Athletics and Recreation Building. The University intends to construct a 1,330-square-foot addition to the building and to renovate another 1,275 adjacent square feet in order to create the center. The Struthers have established an operating endowment for the center, and have pledged to match up to $500,000 in gifts from other donors to renovate and equip the space. Their commitment to the campus also includes the StruthersFamily Trustee Scholarship, one of several scholarships the couple has created at Penn State.

The total project budget is $1.2 million and is expected to be completed by summer 2013.

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Last Updated January 17, 2013