Career Development honors student workers at annual BEST Breakfast

By: Andrew Mees, Director of Institutional Communications and Campaign Marketing 

The Bloomfield College Center for Career Development honored the institution’s campus work-study students with a special morning event on April 13, as the department held its annual BEST Awards and Recognition Breakfast in the Westminster Arts Center.

A total of 16 students received recognition during the festivities, with Office of Institutional Advancement Intern Charlene Barkley earning the program’s highest honor, the Student of the Year Award. Office of Institutional Advancement Intern Brenda Quinones received the program’s Intern of the Year Award, while Bloomfield’s Director of Donor Relations and Campaign Manager, Nicole Quinn, received the Program Supervisor of the Year Award.

Recognition was also bestowed upon the outstanding student for each academic class, with Enrollment Management Intern Robert Wisoff and Information Technology Intern Sheneaka Wright taking home Senior of the Year honors. Center for Student Leadership and Engagement Intern Johnny Vega earned Junior of the Year honors, while Information Technology Intern Anyelo Almonte won the Sophomore of the Year Award. First-year Creative Arts & Technology Intern Corey Morgart earned Freshman of the Year honors, while nine students received Honorable Mention recognition.

The campus’s federal work-study program, Bloomfield Educates Students for Tomorrow through Career Experiences Today (BEST) provides need-based funds for students to earn money while working within institutional departments or at approved off-campus sites. Through the program, students work and gain career-related experience while being presented with challenging assignments that make an impact in their respective departments.

“Here at Bloomfield College, we view our work study program as an opportunity for career and professional development,” said Center Director Carol Ruiz.

“As students write their own stories here at Bloomfield College, our BEST Internship Program - and the positions and supervisors our students encounter - often emerge as key factors in their career journeys,” said Ruiz. “Through this program, our students have the opportunity to enhance transferable skills that allow them to be ready to move into internship and full-time career positions. This event gives us the chance to recognize our students for their impact on our campus community, and for the accomplishments they will take with them as they move out into the workforce.”

During the week of April 27, the Center for Career Development will present a series of information sessions to guide students in exploring career options, internships and career positions for students majoring in the Humanities, Social and Behavioral Science, Accounting and Business. The first session, for Social and Behavioral Sciences, will take place on Tuesday, April 28 at 2 p.m. in the College’s Library.

Click here to read more about Bloomfield’s Center for Career Development.

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