Department Description: The College & Career Studies Department courses are designed to assist students in learning college and career success strategies and life management skills. These courses focus on development of the whole person and help students identify personal, educational, and career goals as well as make satisfying decisions for transition to the workforce as productive members of society. The learning and self-management skills developed in college and career courses can serve a lifetime. These courses do not lead to a major but are designed to provide students with the skills necessary for achieving personal, academic, and career success.
Department Learning Outcomes:
- Demonstrate an understanding of self through exploration of interests, personal values and personality traits.
- Develop and apply a repertoire of study skill strategies to optimize their academic success.
- Develop and apply job-search strategies that will lead to more effective marketing of their occupational skills.
- Develop and articulate a personal definition of a “successful life.”
Career Studies & Psychology Instructor
Mary DeVahl is a familiar face to many at Central Lakes College. She began her career with the college in 1987 working as an advisor /advocate for single parents and non-traditional students. In 1995 she joined the CLC Counseling Department. Over the years she has helped thousands of CLC students identify, pursue and reach their academic and personal goals. During her years as a counselor she accumulated a wealth of experience working with students on personal issues, mental health and crisis counseling, career counseling and educational and transfer planning. The ’13-’14 academic year brings a new and exciting challenge as she transitions into a new role as a full-time instructor, teaching courses in Psychology, Career Exploration and College Success.
Professional Experience: Suzie is in her 25th year as a community college counselor. In addition to counseling she teaches classes in College and Career Studies. She has been actively involved in and has served as a board member on the Association of Minnesota Community and Technical College Counselors and the Minnesota Career Development Association. Education: Master of Arts in Educational Psychology/Counseling, University of Minnesota, Duluth Bachelor of Applied Science in Psychology, University of Minnesota, Duluth Favorite quote (one of them):
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
Greg Medeck is a faculty instructor in the Physical Education department. A CLC graduate, Greg earned a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education from St. Cloud State University in 2002 and a Master of Science in Sport Management from the United States Sports Academy in 2008. He teaches a variety of theory and activity based courses and has been the Raiders Head Football Coach since 2007. Greg serves as an advisor to many athletes on campus and utilizes his role as a CCST instructor to help create greater success in academics and athletics for students at CLC.
Kate Porter is an English Instructor who earned a B.A. in English education and an M.A. in English from the University of North Dakota. She enjoys teaching Composition I and II, Business and Technical Writing, American Literature, and courses geared toward English language learners. Her hobbies include drinking coffee, reading, working out, traveling, and spending time with her family.
I have a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Bemidji State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota Duluth. I have a diverse background working in human services, social work, mental health and higher education. I have worked as a Children’s Mental Health Case Manager, Mental Health Practitioner and in both Advising and Career Services at Bemidji State University. In Fall 2013, I started working at Central Lakes College as a Check & Connect Coach and have valued the opportunities I have had to work with students from different backgrounds. I am very passionate about psychology, teaching and most importantly, students!