Assistant Director, Educational Outreach
I joined the staff of Career Services as a Career Counselor in 2007. Before moving to Boise for my position at Boise State, I earned a Master of Education in Counseling with an emphasis in Human Relations from Northern Arizona University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. I was able to Make College Count! and was fortunate to have experiences working in a variety of student support roles, from first year experience program coordination, to counseling high school students in Upward Bound, to managing the logistics of courses with 300-500 students in a single section.
I spent the first six years in my position at Boise State primarily counseling students and alumni one-on-one – helping individuals make decisions about their future, prepare for a career, and conduct successful job searches. During that time I also developed and taught UNIV 108 – Career and Life Planning. Also during that time, the world changed. The Great Recession hit. Jobs became harder to come by. Competition for available jobs became fierce. Employers’ expectations of college grads increased dramatically. The cost of college also rose significantly. It became clear that in order for all Boise State students to be employable upon graduation, we had to help EVERY student Make College Count, not just the ones who come in to see a career counselor.
I have become passionate about using my career development expertise to help ensure that career planning is a part of every student’s experience at Boise State. The focus of my position now is on expanding our reach through digital content creation and working with faculty and staff to embed career planning into the academic experience. Using a unique combination of skills from my background in counseling, curriculum design, photography, and new skills in eLearning design and video production, along with years of experience helping students plan their careers, one of my main focus areas is the development of our Make College Count module (virtual workshop) series, which allows faculty to easily incorporate career planning into their courses. I have also recently created and launched our Virtual Career Center, which will change how students access our many resources and how they interact with Career Services online.
I also oversee a Career Services initiative to provide career planning assistance to high school students statewide. By building an online, concurrent enrollment version of our Career and Life Planning class delivered through the Idaho Digital Learning Academy, students anywhere in the state, including those without access to a career counselor, career center, or career planning courses at their high school can receive the assistance they need to “Go On” to higher education with a plan, prepared to Make College Count!