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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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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

Angela Phillips

Angela Phillips // Career Services Coordinator

Rick Szymanski

Rick Szymanski // Portfolio Coordinator

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Here is another example of the amazing talent our students here at Douglas Education Center possess. Check out 1st semester student Amber Parola's makeover of fellow classmate Carla Yeatts into the Johnny Depp version of the Mad Hatter. Guess you can say we're all mad here or as Alice would put it all the best people are ;)! #DECLife ... See MoreSee Less

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Here is another ICYMI moment from Monsterpalooza:

Nora Hewitt, 2014 Tom Savini Special Make-Up Effects Program graduate and Season 9 winner of Syfy Channels FaceOff, stopped by the Douglas Education Center booth to say hello! It is always good to see you Nora and we continue to be proud of all the success you have! #DECLife
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We love seeing you Nora!! @badfishsfx

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Look at all the fun these students are having today in the Student Lounge, located on the first floor of the Van Keulen Complex. From eating lunch, to getting a snack, to playing a game of pool the lounge is the perfect place to hang out and relax between classes! Come see for yourself! #DECLife ... See MoreSee Less

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Want a chance to bring some of your favorite fictional characters to life? If you enroll in Tom Savini’ s Special Make-Up Effects Program here at Douglas Education Center you will have the chance to do just that! Check out 2nd semester student Kristy Albright’s transformation of fellow classmate Merle Skeet into General Iroh! This was her final project for the Hair and Breads class taught by DEC alum Dejah Gilgour. What an incredible make-over! Now its your turn! It’s Your Future…OWN IT!! #DECLife ... See MoreSee Less

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David Broido, a 2011 graduate of The Tom Savini Special Make-Up Effects Program, stopped by the Douglas Education Center booth at Monsterpalooza to say hello to legendary special makeup effects artist Jerry Gergely (Babylon 5, Night of the Living Dead). Jerry was David’s sculpting professor here at DEC. It was the first time they had seen each other in 5 years! It’s always wonderful to be reunited with graduates of the program! #DECLife
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  • Douglas Education Center and the Private Industry Council of Westmoreland-Fayette, Inc Partner to Work with Local Youth - Douglas Education Center (DEC), in conjunction with the Private Industry Council of Westmoreland-Fayette, Inc., hosted a Vocational Training and Drug Prevention Program through a grant from the Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board. The students involved are residents of Monessen and the Mon Valley region. Brennan Aldrich, Kendrick Blackman, Chanel Bristol, Kyla Davis, Makayla Davis, David Diggs, Caitlin Frost, Marcel Taylor and Tyler Yuille took part in the skills training program. “The […]
  • Stephen Dixon The Factory Digital Filmmaking Program Graduate - Stephen Dixon The Factory Digital Filmmaking Program Graduate Stephen Dixon grew up in an area close to Douglas Education Center. His friends in high school all talked about the Savini Program, so when Stephen graduated from high school where he took many AV classes it was only fitting that with his growing interest in film he would attend DEC. But, life has a way of changing plans and at the time of making […]
  • Nora Hewitt Scholarship Winner: Ryan Woods - Ryan Woods:  Student Matters Spotlight Meet Ryan Woods, the first recipient of the Nora Hewitt Scholarship – Dedication to Excellence and Creativity and future Douglas Education Center student.  Ryan was one of many participants to enter the contest and even though Nora thought all the portfolios received and reviewed were “amazing,” Ryan’s stood out well enough to be chosen as the first recipient.  Nora made the announcement via a phone […]
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