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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).

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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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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
Lauri Aston

Lauri Aston // Director of Career Services

Len DiNaples

Len DiNaples // Career Services Coordinator

Diane Fox

Diane Fox // Career Services Coordinator

Rick Szymanski

Rick Szymanski // Portfolio Coordinator

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Meet Tina King, Douglas Education Center Cosmetology Program Graduate. Tina feels that the instructors at DEC also made her experience very unique. Each instructor taught her something different, but if she had to pick one that influenced and inspired her it would have to be Karen Nelson (Director of the Cosmetology Academy). “She had such a great energy about her and it’s a big plus that she was so good at what she did,” Tina states as she reminisces about her time at DEC. “Karen was also a great leader. Each instructor had so many great qualities and each was good at what they did.” #DECLife ... See MoreSee Less

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  • Douglas Education Center’s Medical Program Graduate: Wendee Dudeck - Wendee Dudeck Medical Program Graduate When Wendee Dudeck’s friend was graduating from Douglas Education Center, she went as a show of support for her friend and her accomplishment. Little did Wendee know that she would enjoy the environment and feel drawn to Douglas to the point of inquiring about the programs offered in the medical field. Shortly thereafter, Wendee enrolled and started furthering her education in the Medical Business Program, which she graduated from […]
  • Douglas Education Center’s Cosmetology Program Graduate: Tina King - Tina King Cosmetology Program Graduate Tina King is a 2011 graduate of Douglas Education Center’s Cosmetology Program and owner of Head Over Heels Salon and Spa located in Smithton, PA.   She has operated her own business for the past five years, which she opened less than a year after graduating from DEC.  That is a tall task to undertake as a new graduate; however, Tina’s experience through the Cosmetology Program […]
  • Great Partnerships with Great People - NPV Productions, LLC is an award winning high definition video production company located in Monroeville, PA. Owner Nick Padezan started NPV Productions 25 years ago. Before starting his production business, Nick studied film and video production at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, offered through the University of Pittsburgh. But, he picked up his first camera at the age of 13 and his passion for shooting and editing continues today. Nick is a Producer, Director […]
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