News & Views | November 2017

Professor Derek Tesser with students during "A Night in the Chocó" presentation.
Dear Friends:  

A hallmark of our College is connecting what students learn in the classroom with career exploration. As part of our innovative first-year core curriculum, we require first-year students to complete a course devoted to the world of work—Ethnographies of Work—to get them thinking about possible career paths and what they might do after college. Also, unlike many institutions, Guttman’s Office of Partnerships and Community Engagement (OPCE)—our career development office—is part of academic affairs. This ensures a strong link between our programs of study and workplace development.
The OPCE launched a new career panel series this fall to help students learn more about possible careers within their majors, including urban studies and science/technology/math. The professionals represented a variety of corporate and non-profit organizations, including American Express and the New York City Transit Authority. They shared what their jobs are like, discussed their education and career trajectories, and offered insights and advice based on their experiences. We look forward to career panels in additional fields in the coming months.
Exploration was also a central theme for the eight students who traveled to Ecuador this summer and presented their research at a special reception earlier this month. These students explored the Itapoa Reserve, one of Ecuador’s few remaining rain forests in the Chocó region—one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world. Their studies included endangered monkeys, how the changing climate is affecting viper populations, and researching the problems associated with deforestation for the mass production of palm oil. The beautiful photos and engaging video the students created showcase their excitement and the trip’s transformative impact.
Part of the Global Guttman program, the Ecuador experience was fully-funded by the College endowment. Students who traveled to Ecuador received credit for the Introduction to Biology course and enjoyed an unsurpassed experiential learning opportunity.
Best Wishes,
Scott Evenbeck
Guttman Community College

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