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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.

Art Careers
Specialized Careers

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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An AWESOME Announcement from Nora Hewitt about her new scholarship at DEC! To learn more about the scholarship visit ... See MoreSee Less

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On Thanksgiving Day the Observer Reporter will be sponsoring a FREE Thanksgiving Dinner at the Monessen Civic Center from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. The meal is being prepared by the Monessen Salvation Army. Everyone is Welcome.
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Congratulations to our current morning CDL Students. Each of them passed their CDL Test! Way To Go!!

Good Luck to the evening CDL Students. They will be taking their test on December 2.
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I'm sooo torn.. I'm in the middle of achieving my Bachelors of Science in Film Making at Full Sail University in Florida. But... My heart is in making monsters and special effects. ... See MoreSee Less

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I'm sharing this post so that it gets seen on the main feed instead of on along the side. Any Savini students past or present who would like to advise it would be appreciated.

Hi, I'm looking for people who followed the Tom Savini Special Effects program and who could tell me about it given that I'd like to become a MUA for the movie industry. Those who went there : why did you choose Tom Savini's program? What's it like? What do you learn? How are the teachers? The general atmosphere? What's your overall feeling about your experience there? Thank you for any information you can provide me with.
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  • 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 […]
  • State Secretary of Labor and Industry Kathy Manderino Visits DEC - On Tuesday, July 22, State Secretary of Labor and Industry Kathy Manderino visited Douglas Education Center. Her visit focused on what DEC offers to our students while in school, as well as after. “Really what I am interested in how are career and technical schools are connecting with the employer community and how we can help to make that connection” said Kathy. Kathy also spoke with numerous students about their […]
  • David Wayne Plunkett – DEC Alumni - On April 3, 2015, at his home in Rock Hill, SC, David Wayne Plunkett was gravely injured when a propane gas container exploded.  Chelsea, his wife and the mother of their 14-month old daughter, Catherine, had been in the kitchen when David had gone outside, saying he was about to mow the lawn. She was feeding Catherine when “there was a big, white flash and then, huge ‘BOOM!!’, and the den […]
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