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Friday, January 26, 2007

Sarah Francisco joins UNCP’s Career Center

Sarah Francisco is the new assistant director of the Career Center for The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Sarah FranciscoFrancisco will be responsible for instruction of a variety of student programs, marketing of services, and event planning. The center hosts five career fairs annually including the UNCP Career Fair, two Teacher and Education Fairs, the Graduate & Professional School Day, and the Volunteer & Internship Fair co-sponsored by The Center for Leadership and Service.

She reports to Dr. Denisha Sanders, director of the Career Center.

“We are thrilled to welcome Sarah Francisco to the Career Center, and to UNCP.  She clearly stood out as the best person for this position from among a strong pool of candidates,” Dr. Sanders said. “Sarah brings a strong commitment to students and their career success that is based upon an understanding of student and career development theories and practices. This is vitally important to the work that we do.”

Francisco comes to UNCP from Fayetteville Technical Community College where she taught career development skills and resume workshops as an instructor in continuing education. She was also an adjunct instructor of distance education courses for Central Carolina Community College in Sanford, N.C.

Francisco has education administration experience working with undergraduate programs, and she also worked in municipal administration.

“I am very excited at this stage in my career to be in higher education,” Francisco said. “My graduate training focused on higher education and public administration.”

She earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. An Oklahoma native, Francisco’s undergraduate training was in political science at Oklahoma State University.

As a growing regional institution, UNCP is a good fit, Francisco believes.

“My first impression is that there is a lot of construction going on,” she said. “Construction means growth, and growth means opportunities.”

“I am also impressed by UNCP’s student-centered approach to education,” Francisco said. “This is a campus that cares about the future of its students, and the Career Center is where we help them plan for the future.”

The UNCP Career Center offers a variety of services from career exploration and self-assessment to resume critiques and interview preparation.

Francisco will also work with the Career Center’s growing Web site.

“I will work with Dr. Sanders on the development of online career resources for a variety of audiences,” she said. The first contact students may have with the Career Center is through our Web site. We also offer links for alumni, faculty and employers.”

“Students should come to us early in their undergraduate career because we provide assistance with internship searches and graduate and professional school planning,” Francisco said. “Resume building and career planning should begin long before graduation and the launch of a job search.”

To visit the Career Center online, please go to www.uncp.edu/cs. To contact the center, please call 910.521.6270 or email cs@uncp.edu.

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