In early July, the Career Connections Center, formerly known as the Career Resource Center, reopened its doors in the Reitz Union after a 14-month renovation and expansion project.
Located on the first level of the Reitz Union, the center is nearly double its former size. The expansion extends downstairs to the ground level of the student union; the additional space and re-constructed layout provide more space for students and employers to engage and network in.
“This new space is truly for our students,” said Ja’Net Glover, senior director for Career Services. “We envisioned a facility where students could bridge their aspirations to outcomes. The center does just that, providing opportunities for students to engage with our staff and employers in several different ways.”
Features of the new space include four engagement centers, which can adjust to six depending on the room usage. (The previous space only had two rooms.) The engagement centers are completely wired for virtual capabilities so that UF Online students can access events remotely and workshop panelists can participate virtually. The center also has technology embedded in four of the interview rooms for students to interview remotely. Additionally, study nooks were created for students who need space to study or meet with small class groups. There are five nooks, four of which are outfitted with monitors for computer connection.
Off the heels of launching its new name this spring, the Career Connections Center’s focus is to educate students from every class year on how easy it is to connect with career services.
“If a student is visiting the Reitz, we want him or her to feel comfortable walking in,” said Glover. “One of my favorite features is that our main entrance extends right into the Reitz, which will give students a seamless experience.” Students and guests will also be able to access the center from the North Lawn, Circle Drive and the walkway from the Welcome Center’s parking garage.
The July opening will serve as a soft-opening for the staff.
Added Glover: “There are transitions that will take place throughout the summer, one being the acquisition of the Gator Career Closet, which will open in the fall. We’re working now on planning incredible events in August and September to celebrate the facility’s opening, the new name and our 65 years of career services with the campus community.”