Career, Employment & Counseling Services

About Our Services

Career, Employment & Counseling Services offers individualized, personalized assistance to students to help identify and achieve academic, career and life plans and goals.  Services are available to students enrolled at OCC and Kean Ocean.

STEP by STEP to Academic Success: A program designed to help students who are academically at risk to learn the skills needed for academic success.  In the Step by Step seminar you will:

  • Explore what it takes to be successful,
  • Talk with other students about their experiences and their academic and career goals,
  • Plan to make better decisions during your next semester,
  • Reconnect with the reason most people come to OCC – to prepare for a good career!

To view the flyer with the information about the Step-by-Step sessions, including available dates and times, click on the Step-by-Step to Academic Success link.

To register for a Step-by-Step session, sign into your Ocean Connect account.  On the right side of the welcome page, under Events and Orientations, click on the Register for an Event link.  In the Available Events box, select the Step_by_Step event link.  Register by clicking on one of the available dates and times.

Career Services offers individual appointment and group sessions.  As a convenience for students who are at the Southern Educational Center (SEC) or enrolled in OCC’s eLearning community, we provide virtual career counseling services.  With all of our students we use Kuder Journey – a powerful online career and academic planning resource.  In addition, we administer and interpret assessments such as Holland’s Self Directed Search (SDS), Strong Interest Inventory (SII), Career Thoughts Inventory (CTI), and Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).  We also use a variety of other tools and techniques such as career genograms, card sorts, and vision boards.  Job search techniques, including resume review and interview practice, are available.  We provide access to local job listings through the online Jobline.  Services are available Monday – Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; occasional evening hours will be available.

For Career Counseling, contact Susan Ebeling-Witte

Confidential and personal counseling services are provided by trained and licensed counselors.  We assist students in dealing with personal, social, and/or emotional concerns that interfere with academic success and learning.  We also work with students who are academically at-risk through the Step-by-Step to Academic Success program.  Counseling services are available Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm and Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

For personal counseling contact Kate Pandolpho, Barbara Mawer, or Kim Miller or email

Other programs of Career, Employment and Counseling Services include, Student Support Services (SSS) and Displaced Homemakers Program of Ocean County (DHP).

SSS is a federal grant funded program that offers support services to enrolled students who are first-generation, or low-income, or disabled and who need additional services to achieve academic success.  For more information, contact Diana Gatti.

DHP of Ocean County is a state grant funded program which provides services to individuals who lost their primary source of income due to separation, divorce, disability or death of the primary family wage earner.  The emphasis of the DHP is to move to economic self-sufficiency.  For more information contact Eileen Burdge.

Contact Information

Career, Employment and Counseling Services' main office is located in the ICCT Bldg #22, Room 108. 732-255-0400 x2945

The following services are located in Bldg #22 within the main office:

Personal Counseling Services: Kate Pandolpho, 732-255-0400 x2941

Career Services: 732-255-0400 x2372; Email:

Displaced Homemakers Program of Ocean County; 732-255-0400 x2297

The following services are located in the College Center, CCTR Bldg #9:

Student Support Services: Room 103, 732-255-0400 x2352

Personal Counseling: Room 101; Barbara Mawer, 732-255-0400 x2362 and Kim Miller, 732-255-0400 x2558; Email:

Upcoming Events

Department Services

Women’s Life & Career Event 

“Dream It, Do It, Have It!” featuring Sara Davis-Reed.  This interactive presentation will motivate you, energize you, and stimulate you to leave a plan of action to make any changes you want in your life.  You only have one life- why not live it like you want?


  • Saturday, March 21, 2015; 8:30 to 1:00 pm; registration required.

Career Services

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn Series

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn Series; Career Planning and Social Development skill building workshops designed to help students registered with the office of disability services develop confidence, improve communication skills, and develop networking and professional skills. (link to flyer) Contact Susan Ebeling-Witte or Gina Zippo-Mazur for more information and/or to register.

Vision Board

create your future!  Dreams are not something to wait for; they are something to work for!  Create a Vision Board and move closer to achieving your dreams.  Bring a couple of your favorite magazines (that you don’t mind cutting up) to this fun activity being held on Monday, March 30, 2015 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in ICCT Building #22, Room 108.

Graduating this spring or summer? 

Attend one of these spring break workshops: Intro to Resume Writing (10:00 am to 11:00 am), Job Search Techniques (11:15 am to 12:15 pm), and Interviewing Basics (12:30 pm to 1:30 pm).  Thursday, March 19, 2015 and again on Friday, March 20, 2015.  Contact Career, Employment & Counseling office at 732-255-0400 x2945 to reserve your seat.

Graduating this spring or summer and away during spring break? 

Intro to Resume Writing (9:30 am to 10:45 am, 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm) Monday, March 23, 2015.  Job Search Techniques (9:30 am to 10:30 am) Tuesday, March 24, 2015.  Interviewing Basics (2:00 pm to 3:00 pm) Tuesday, March 24, 2015.  Contact Career Services x2945 to reserve your seat.


Displaced Homemakers Program of Ocean County

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  • Wednesday, February 4, 2015 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
  • Bldg #22, Room 104A
  • Open to the college campus community


Women’s Life & Career Event

  • Saturday, March 21, 2015
  • 8:30 am to 1:00 pm
  • Open to the college campus and surrounding communities


Be Passionate About Your Future: Job Readiness Workshop

  • Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, February 11, 12, & 13, 2015
  • 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Bldg #22, Room 108
  • Participation restricted to clients of the DHP of Ocean County


Microsoft Access

  • Fridays, February 20, 27, & March 6, 2015
  • 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Bldg #22, Room 104A
  • Participation restricted to clients of the DHP of Ocean County


Microsoft Excel

  • Fridays, February 6 & 13, 2015
  • 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Bldg #22, Room 104A
  • Participation restricted to clients of the DHP of Ocean County

Timeline for Career, Academic and Life Planning