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Career Center Programming

Of equal importance to the new physical space housing the Career Development Center are the imaginative and robust programs that will occur within its walls. Historically, students began thinking about visiting a career advisor in their junior or senior year—we know that this approach has changed dramatically, and we are poised with the opportunity to offer the expanded and enhanced career readiness services that the 21st century demands of graduates and aspiring global citizens.

Kevin Delbridge
Without a doubt the student experience at our University is multi-faceted and rewarding. However, the transition from student life to a fulfilling career is critical. It is this transitional phase where the Career Development Center needs to provide guidance and assistance.   The vision for the  enhanced Career Development Center as a prominent resource—from a student’s freshman through senior year—is one that I am proud to help put into action. The evolution of Western New England University is impressive and I am confident that with these enhancements our graduates will be top-picks for employers and will prove to have the tools needed to be successful in their careers and communities.
–Kevin S. Delbridge '77


The reimagined Career Development Center will offer students one location to address their evolving career advising needs. We will be expanding services and creating new programs to include comprehensive experiential opportunities including: career development, strategy and coaching, internship preparation and coordination, and volunteerism. The proximity of the center to new initiatives in academic advising and academic success will provide a seamless experience as students identify and direct their academic vision to their career strategy and goals.

Students will develop techniques for identifying and securing career options which maximize their unique interests, skills and aspirations. Through collaborations with employers, community partners, faculty, alumni and staff, students will design and build their networks and connections to add value and become career-ready leaders.

Western New England University is responding to the dramatically changing technologies, resources, and most importantly, demands of our constituents: our students, alumni, employers, faculty, and community members. We are confident that the Career Development Center project will meet the needs of our internal and external stakeholders, and those who invest in this important initiative will be proud of their contribution to the future of Western New England University.

 Golden Bear Athletics

Each year more than one-third of the Western New England University student population participates on one of our 19 Golden Bear athletic teams, meaning a significant number of students have the opportunity to learn about teamwork, work ethic, and mentorship in a very real way. Our student-athletes become leaders, role models, thought-provokers, and contributing members of their communities.

Our coaches are mentors in many of the same ways as faculty, training students to excel with a high work ethic, dedication, and perseverance—all traits employers are finding among their most productive team members. Each student’s journey is unique and we could not provide the dynamic, personalized educational and athletic experience required without a partnership with our donors who invest in our athletic mission.

As a new generation of students proudly plays in their blue and gold uniforms, we must envision what is needed to raise our profile on the local, national, and global stage. We will continue to produce a student-athlete experience that is second-to-none through student-athlete academic support, facilities upgrades and maintenance, and team equipment.

Western New England University is a special learning community—a place where all associated take immense pride in what it means to be a Golden Bear. I am eager to reconnect with our student-athletes and coaches in order to learn how I can elevate their experience. The partnerships we develop together both internally and externally will be vital to ensuring the continuation of Athletics’ service to the mission of the University.
–Matt LaBranche, Director of Athletics, Recreational Sport & Physical Education