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CORE adds career coaches for 2021

The Office of Career Development within CORE has doubled the number of career coaches available to students this fall.

Students can select the appropriate coach based on their primary career goal or the industry they are considering. The coaches also will serve as first-year advisors.

Joe Giffen has been a career coach at Augustana since July 2019. He also serves as the lead for data collection and the First Destination Survey. Giffen will continue to serve as a coach for students seeking opportunities within STEM fields and environmental careers.

Beth Ford has served in several roles within Augustana and higher education. Most recently, she was the Augie Choice Coordinator and a member of the Office of International and Off Campus Programs. Ford brings a great understanding of experiential learning to CORE. She will serve as the career coach for health sciences.

Keri Bass will transition to the Career Development team from Advising office. She is an Augustana College graduate who has served in several roles supporting students in exploring their futures. Bass will remain the assistant director of vocational exploration and also serve as a career coach for social impact and community service. 

Jessica Estes '17 recently completed a master’s in college student personnel administration from Illinois State University.  She has extensive higher education experience in residential life, Greek life, advising/student success, and career development. Estes will serve as the career coach for education and law, government and public administration.

Ammuniki Wood was an international student and athlete at Culver-Stockton College. After graduating with an MBA from DeSales University in human resources and organizational development, Wood returned to his alma mater and has served in various positions, most recently as the interim coordinator of multicultural development and residence life.  He will serve as the coach for accounting, business and management.

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