Career Coaches Help Students Reach Education and Career Goals

A good coach can make the difference between success and failure. A grant-funded program at Clackamas Community College provides free, customized career coaching to qualified people.

Bob Blaedel of Damascus wanted to earn his welding certification to expand the services at his home-based machine shop. Welding class schedules were not providing the time he needed in the shop to prepare for the certification. But career coaches with the CASE grant (Credential Acceleration and Support for Employment) worked with Blaedel to develop a customized solution that led to his welding certification.

“I’m very indebted to the CASE program. The career coaches totally streamlined the process for me to go for my certification,” Blaedel said.

One-on-one career coaching is one of the key services provided through the CASE grant, a statewide federal grant administered by CCC that provides targeted job training and education leading to employment for unemployed and underemployed Oregonians. CASE services are available to people whose jobs have been lost due to foreign trade, veterans and their spouses, and those enrolled in industry related training programs at CCC.

People referred to CASE from workforce services, the Oregon Employment Department or the Trade Adjustment Act are assigned to a career coach. The career coach will guide their process, creating an individualized path for success. CASE can also assist with accelerated training options designed to prepare people for employment and connect them to employers.

 “We provide one-on-one, step-by-step processes to get people where they want to go,” said John Kyllo, a CASE career coach. “We’ll provide guidance on coursework and training, referrals to tutoring labs and then assist with finding employment and success on the job.”

Career coaching services, as well as related tutoring services, are free to those being assisted by the CASE grant and all CCC students. To learn more, call or text 503-406-8758 or email mycareercoach@clackamas.edu.

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