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Career Services and Cooperative Education


The Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education offers programs and services that help students identify and make informed decisions about career and academic goals, develop professional skills and promote lifelong career management. 

 
Career Planning
Job Search
Co-operative Education
Test For Credit Program
 


*The  ACT for admissions to the University is provided through this Office. 

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For details on West Virginia State University admission requirements, please visit the Admissions Department webpage. Please note that a composite score of 18 or above is required on the ACT for admissions to WVSU.

   

To register for a National ACT, visit online at www.actstudent.org.

If you have not taken the ACT or SAT, you may take the RESIDUAL ACT (RACT) in order to register for classes at WVSU. You may obtain an ACT Residual Registration Form from the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education or you may download the form here
The cost for taking this test is $46.00. Before registering for the R-ACT, you must first submit an application to the Admissions Office. The scores from this test cannot be used at any other institution.
 

If special accommodations are needed please call 304-766-3083.

 

If you have taken the ACT, copies of your scores are available by contacting ACT at (319) 337-1313 or visit the ACT Website for more information.

 

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If you are undecided or are not sure about your choice of career field/program of study, schedule an individual appointment with the Career Counselor. All services are confidential.
Email: smaharaj@wvstateu.edu or call (304) 766-3250 to schedule an appointment.

If it would be more convenient to work on your own, use the Sigi3 logo below to begin your career planning today. Sigi3 is like a GPS for your career!
 
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Check out these online resources:
 
What Can Do with this Major?
Occupational Outlook Handbook
America's Career InfoNet
 
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Earn elective hours (credit) and get closer to graduation through Cooperative Education.
Log into Jobweb to see all the Co-op/Internships available. If your current job is related to your Major, it may qualify for the Co-op program.

Click on the link below for details:

Get more information on the certification process


To qualify for Co-op a student must:

  • Complete 24 semester hours at the 100 level and above
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 and a minimum of 2.50 in major courses
  • Complete English 101 with at least a grade of "C"
  • Attend a Co-op orientation meeting
  • Have a positive recommendation from the Department Chair for the student's major
  • In some situations, be willing to participate in two semesters of Co-op placement
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CONNECT WITH STUDENTS

Handle your recruiting in one system! It's easy, convenient and free to connect with students and alumni. 
Log in to Jobweb.


Other services offered are as follows:


ON-CAMPUS INTERVIEWING
CAREER & JOB FAIRS
COOPERATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM


OTHER OPPORTUNITIES:
 

  • Employer of the Week Program - You may visit the campus and meet informally with students during the lunch period either on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
  • Careers Over Lunch Program - If you are a past graduate of WVSU and are available to visit the campus to share your career insights during the lunch period. 
  • Annual Student Professional Day and Career Convocations - Volunteers from the business community serve as speakers or provide advice on topics including but not limited to: First Impressions, Business Etiquette, Work/Life Balance, Interviewing Skills, Social Media and Resume Writing. 
Please contact the office if you would like to participate in any of these programs. 
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Career Services and Cooperative Education hosts a variety of events during the academic year in order to assist students with their job search and professionally prepare them for life after college.
For more information, contact Career Services and Cooperative Education at (304) 766-3250.


Career and Employment Expo
Spring 2018 Career and Employment Expo
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Deadline for registration is April 2, 2018.

Don't miss this opportunity to promote your company's employment opportunities. Cost is $30.00 per recruiter. Please make checks payable to West Virginia State University and include it with the registration form. Table with covering, two chairs and a boxed lunch will be provided.  


Student Professional Day
 
Spring 2017 Student Professional Day
Thursday, April 6, 2017



Teacher Job Fair

West Virginia State University, Ohio Valley University & University of Charleston extend an invitation to attend the 48th Annual Teacher Job Fair on ThursdayMarch 8, 2018. This event will take place on the campus of West Virginia State University from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Cost is $50.00 per recruiter.
 


Register to attend the Teacher Job Fair.
It is our sincere hope that your school system can take advantage of the recruiting opportunity offered by this Annual Teacher Job Fair. Early response is encouraged due to limited table space. If you are interested in participating, please complete the registration form provided below and return it with the registration fee by February 22, 2018.

Registration Form
 


Yellow Jacket 2 Yellow Jacket
The "Yellow Jacket 2 Yellow Jacket" is a mentoring program between enrolled Freshman and Sophomore students and members of the Alumni community. The Alumni mentors will provide overall guidance and advice on career and professional goals. They will share what they had wished they had known THEN, that they know NOW in regards to educational pursuits, career and job choices, workplace etiquette and much more.

Once you have been accepted into the program, you and your mentor will be expected to communicate with each other at least twice a month for the duration of the program, which is one academic year.

Please complete the Student Interest Form so that a suitable mentor with similar career, community, and outside interest may be found.
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowFour Year Career Planning Guide
The Four Year Career Planning Guide is to assist you with developing a career path that will help you make the most of your academic, personal and career growth! Remember that you should begin your career planning early (during your freshman year!) and continue to work that plan each year by visiting the Career Services and Co-op Education office often to best prepare yourself for a great career after graduation!

To get started, click on the links below for steps you should be completing each year: For a complete guide click here.
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If you have decided to apply to graduate or professional school, you will want to check out a timeline for the application process. The application materials include the following:
 
  • Application form (with appropriate fees)
  • Official transcripts
  • Admissions essay/personal statement
  • Resume
  • Letters of recommendation (two to three)
  • Entrance exam scores
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I hope you are on the road to career success.  West Virginia State University was honored to have you obtain your degree(s) from our institution. Our goal is to prepare you to assume productive roles in society by contributing to the 21st century global economy. To that end, the Career Services and Cooperative Education Office would like you to complete the on-line Graduate Survey.


Your feedback regarding your post-graduate employment or continuing education experiences is extremely important to WVSU future students. Your responses will remain confidential and no individual will be identified in the summary report.


Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. Click here to access the survey.



Survey Results

Surveys Distributed to May 2016 Graduates

Total # of surveys distributed:  237
Total # of surveys returned: 151 
Total # other known information: 53

Percentage rate of known post graduate status:  204/237 - 86.08%

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Office staff assists you with your job search skills including resume development, interviewing skills and job search strategies.

 

Looking for a job?  Gain access to hundreds of employers with jobs and internships.

Log in to Jobweb today!
 

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Join the leading professional network:
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 Upcoming graduates and recent alumni:
Sharpen your professional image through JobStart 101 modules.
 

Establish Your Online Brand
Develop a Workplace Persona
Build Work Relationships
Manage Your Emotions and Stay Positive
Solve Problems
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The Federal College Work Study program is a form of financial aid that provides the opportunity to earn more than minimum wage working on campus or at a community service site. 

If you are interested in this program must first request work study in the Financial Aid Office.  Work study placement is coordinated through the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education.

In order to participate in this program you must be eligible for financial aid.  Contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance for the eligibility requirements.  Once awarded College Work Study funds, you may contact the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education for placement.  Most of the work sites are on campus, but there are a few community service sites off campus.  The amount of the award received will determine the amount of hours worked.  The pay rate is $9.00 or $9.50 depending on the job site.  If you receive the maximum award ($2,250 per semester), you will work approximately 15-16 hours per week.  To be placed, you will be required to complete an application packet and be interviewed by the Placement Coordinator. All first-time work study students will be required to participate in a Customer Service training program.



Work Study Supervisors
If your department would like to employ work study students for the next academic year, please complete a job request form (see below) by the end of July. A separate form must be completed for each type of job assignment.

We will do our best to meet your requests. However, there is no guarantee that the number of students requested will be provided. Most students are assigned during the first three weeks of the Fall semester. However, some students students may be assigned later in the Fall and Spring semesters once their financial aid paperwork is complete. Students are assigned based on whether their skills match those indicated on your job request form.

At the end of the academic year or once the student has ceased working in your department, please submit a performance evaluation form (see below).

Click here to complete a job request form.
Click here to complete a job performance evaluation.
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You can save time and money by earning credits toward your degree  through the CLEP and DSST program.

The CLEP allows you to receive college credit by taking a standardized test over material covered in an introductory course.
The following is a list of exams available from the College Level Examination Program.

Composition and Literature - American Literature, Analyzing and Interpreting Literature, English Composition (essay required), College Composition Modular, English Literature, Freshman College Composition and Humanities.
History and Social Sciences-American Government, Human Growth and Development, Introduction to Educational Psychology, Introductory Psychology, Introductory Sociology, Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics, Social Sciences and History, U.S. History I: Early Colonization to 1877, U. S. History II: 1865 to the Present, Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648, Western Civilization II:1648 to the Present.
Science and Mathematics - Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, College Algebra, College Mathematics, and Natural Sciences.
Business - Financial Accounting, Introductory Business Law, Information Systems and Computer Applications, Principles of Management, and Principles of Marketing.
Foreign Languages - French Language (Levels 1 and 2), German Language (Levels 1 and 2), and Spanish Language (Levels 1 and 2).

The DSST tests allow you to receive college credit by taking a standardized test in a specific subject area. The following is a list of exams available:
Business -  Business Ethics and Society, Business Mathematics, Human Resource Management,Introduction to Business, Introduction to Computing, Management Information Systems, Money and Banking,Organizational Behavior, Personal Finance, Principles of Finance, Principles of Supervision
Humanities -  Ethics in America, Introduction to World Religions, Principles of Public Speaking*
*In addition to a minimum score of 47 on the multiple choice test, an examinee must also receive a passing grade on the required speech section. A special test date/time will be scheduled for this test on an individual basis.
Applied Technology - Technical Writing
Mathematics - Fundamentals of College Algebra, Principles of Statistics
Physical Science - Astronomy, Environment and Humanity: The Race to Save the Planet, Here's to Your Health,  Principles of Physical Science I, Principles of Statistics
Social Sciences -  A History of the Vietnam War, Art of the Western World, Criminal Justice, Fundamentals of Cybersecurity, Foundations of Education, Substance Abuse, Fundamentals of Counseling, General Anthropology, Human Cultural Geography,  Introduction to Law Enforcement,  Lifespan Developmental Psychology, Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union. The Civil War and Reconstruction

For more details click on the links below:

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To get credit for WVSU courses: 
Click here for available tests and passing scores

Both the CLEP and DSST exams are given once each month on a Friday in Wallace Hall. 

Test Dates

Registration Deadline

July 14, 2017

June 30, 2017

August 3, 2017

July 28, 2017

September 1, 2017

August 25, 2017

October 6, 2017

September 29, 2017

November 3, 2017

October 27, 2017

December 1, 2017

November 24, 2017

January 5, 2018

December 29, 2017

February 2, 2018

January 26, 2018

March 2, 2018

February 23, 2018

April 6, 2018

March 30, 2018

May 4, 2018

April 27, 2018

June 1, 2018

May 25, 2018

July 6, 2018

June 29, 2018

For WVSU students only, other times are available by appointment if needed. Please call (304) 766-3250 or e-mail: careerserv@wvstateu.edu.

If special accommodations are needed, please contact WV State University Disability Services at (304) 766-3083.
CLEP - The fee is $85.00 per test. Prior to the test date, you will need to create an account through the My Account Registration portal on the CLEP website and submit payment directly there (plus administration fee; see below).

DSST- The fee is $80.00 per test which will be required on the test date (plus administration fee; see below).

A $15.00 (per test) administration fee in the form of a check or money order payable to West Virginia State University will be collected on the test day. DO NOT include with registration form.

Test scores will be available upon completion of the examination (with a few exceptions). You may register on-line or a registration form can be mailed at your request by contacting the Career Services and Cooperative Education Office at (304) 766-3250 or pick up a registration form at 216 Wallace Hall.

Our Team

Administrative Secretary, Sr.
Administrative  Secretary, Sr.
304-766-3250
careerserv@wvstateu.edu
Sandhya
Sandhya Maharaj
Director
(304) 766-3236
smaharaj@wvstateu.edu
Ms. Tammy
Ms. Tammy  Morton
Administrative Associate
(304) 766-3143
mortonta@wvstateu.edu
WVSU Current Students Career Services Cooperation Education
 

216 and 207 Wallace Hall 
Phone: (304) 766-3250 Facebook emblem
Fax: (304) 766-5195
E-mail: careerserv@wvstateu.edu

Hours of Operation: 


8:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday-Friday.
Evening appointments available upon request.

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