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Douglas Education Center’s Career Services Department strives to send each student into the professional world, with the strength and confidence to succeed. We support the academic and professional growth of each student and alumnus by offering services help develop career goals, pursue those goals, attain practical experience and achieve long term career success. Individual and group counseling is available to teach the skills required to search for and obtain meaningful employment (i.e., identifying and assessing work content skills, writing resumes and application letters, gaining the competitive edge through non-traditional job-search methods, company research, developing portfolios, dressing professionally, and preparing for interviews).

DEC College Central Network
Your source for everything career-related – find job opportunities specifically for DEC alumni, search the nation’s largest entry-level job board, build and submit your resume and portfolio and access hundreds of job search advice materials.

Receive real-time job opportunities and stay in touch with your Career Services advisors.

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DEC Employer Database
To access a nationwide listing of Special Effects, Art, FX Shops, Film, Video, and related companies click here.
This is a password protected list for our students and alumni only.
If you are a student or alumni and have forgotten the password, please email Career Services with your name and graduation date. Once verified we will email you the password.

Career Services / Library Staff
Donna Stairs

Donna Stairs // Director of Career Services

Len DiNaples

Len DiNaples // Career Services Coordinator

Angela Phillips

Angela Phillips // Career Services Coordinator

Rick Szymanski

Rick Szymanski // Portfolio Coordinator

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  • President & CEO Jeff Imbrescia Looks Back at 27 Years of Ownership - Douglas Education Center (DEC) has offered education in the Mon Valley for over one hundred years. Starting out as a business and secretarial school and transforming into the internationally known school that it is today, DEC now offers six associate degrees, seven diploma programs, and one certificate program. Many changes had to take place to develop DEC into a thriving destination school. All of those changes started twenty-seven years ago […]
  • Factory Digital Filmmaking Graduate Rick Nelson enjoying Career Success - In a suburb of Pittsburgh, making movies with the neighborhood kids is where you would find Douglas Education Center Factory Digital Filmmaking Program graduate Rick Nelson when he was young. His interest in making movies started at the age of eight when his grandmother and grandfather passed away and Rick received his grandfather’s 8mm film projector, old home movies, and VHS camcorder. “It was my fascination with the technology behind […]
  • Make-Up Effects Student Allyson Mae Works on Indie Pilot -   Recently 2nd semester Tom Savini Special Make-up Effects student Allyson Mae had the opportunity to work on the set of a See No Evil Pictures production of their Indie pilot titled “Ad Astra”. Ali arrived on scene ready to do make-up but also ended up working as a production assistant and extra. “ Everyone was very cooperative and professional, they were well organized and easy to work with” said […]
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