New Assessment Tool Gets Good Marks from Student Athletes; Staff Available
for Classroom Presentations
Feb. 4, Career Services' Gail LaFrance and Suzanne Kotch presented
a workshop for 21 MCCC women athletes, arranged by trainer Lisa Camillone.
The workshop introduced the students to Focus 2, a new educational
and career online assessment tool unveiled by the college in August.
Student-athlete Amanda Terebey found the workshop helpful. She plans
to be a physical education teacher and coach, and Focus 2 confirmed
that she is heading in the right direction. Camillone says she is
pleased that so many athletes took advantage of the opportunity to
learn more about themselves and potential careers.
back on to Focus 2 are student athletes, from left,
Azaria Crews, Amanda Terebey, Jenna Berger,
Kirsten Edinger and Jen Casper (sitting).
to LaFrance, Focus 2 replaces the college's former system, Sigi. "We
thought it was time to try something new. It's a very comprehensive software
program for career and educational planning," says LaFrance. "We
think it's terrific."
Since the introduction of Focus 2, approximately 200 students have signed
up. Once they log onto the system, they are asked to complete assessments
in a variety of areas including personality traits, work interests, values
and more. Based on their responses, the system combines the results and
compiles a manageable list of appropriate careers. It also provides salary
information, job prospects, and additional educational requirements. Printed
reports are available at the click of the mouse.
With descriptions of 1200 different jobs, "Focus 2 has just about
everything you can think of," says LaFrance. Making it even more
beneficial and practical, the program has been customized for Mercer,
linking students' career interests with academic programs offered by the
college. It also supplies links to national professional organizations
for a variety of fields.
LaFrance notes that this resource is open to students, staff and faculty.
Those wishing to log on must first email her for the access code. She
says the Career Services staff is available to do presentations in the
computer labs to introduce students to Focus 2. "First we explain
the philosophy behind the system and then we get on the computer and do
it," she said. "Our goal is to help students make meaningful
and logical decisions about their careers and their futures."
Those interested in logging onto the system or arranging for a classroom
visit should email firstname.lastname@example.org.