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The Center for Career Development

Who We Are and What We Do

Students are greeted by the friendly staff of the Center for Career Development (CCD) and receive comprehensive career planning services from professional career counselors. Our staff assists students in making informed decisions about an area of study; research occupations that match their personal interests; write a resume; practice interviewing, and help them prepare as candidates for internships and employment. Students also learn to clarify their career goals; develop effective communication and interpersonal skills; conduct job searches; and develop an electronic portfolio for employers to view as evidence of their skills, accomplishments and professional qualifications. We offer students premier multi-media services they can utilize to increase their interaction with the center and employers by putting web resources right at their finger tips.

The Center for Career Development Staff

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Driada Rivas, Coordinator
Driada has worked at City University of New York since 1999. She joined the BMCC Center for Career Development in 2007. She previously worked at Bronx Community College (BCC) as the Cooperative Work Experience/Internship Coordinator and was promoted to Coordinator of Career Planning and Placement. She holds a Master’s degree in Science with a dual concentration in Counseling and Personnel Services and a Bachelor’s degree in Science with a concentration in Sociology from Fordham University. Driada was the Job Placement Coordinator at the Career Planning and Placement Office, her alma mater, from 1996-1999. Driada has 17 years of experience in the career development field. Driada is looking forward to starting her doctoral studies in the future. In her free time, Driada enjoys spending time with her daughter and family, reading, sightseeing, and cooking fun meals.

 
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Juli- Anne Brockway, Career Advisor
Juli-Anne Brockway joined the Center for Career Development in 2011 as a Career Advisor.  She assists students with career exploration, job search correspondence, social media branding, interviewing skills, job search strategies and networking techniques.  Juli-Anne earned her MA in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, a BA in Psychology from Baruch College, and an AA in Liberal Arts from Borough of Manhattan Community College.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and photography.

 
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Ermelin Valerio, Information Technology Assistant
Ermelin Valerio is the IT assistant for the Center for Career Development. She joined the center in the spring of 2010. She provides assistance to students and staff in utilizing online resources for resume writing, job search and other career development related areas. Before joining the center, Ermelin worked for 2 years in the Learning Center at NYC College of Technology as a computer tutor. She has a Bachelor of Technology in Communication Design from NYC College of Technology and an Associate in Applied Science (Multimedia Programming) from BMCC. In her spare time, she loves talking to friends and family, cooking, writing and playing board games.

 
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Shemeka K. Brathwaite, Employer Relations Specialist
Shemeka Brathwaite joined the Center for Career Development in 2010 as the Employer Relations Specialist. In this role, she serves as the primary liaison for establishing relationships with employers of various industries that result in career opportunities for BMCC students. Previously, Shemeka worked as a career educator in various settings equipping GED to college adult learners with job search skills and branding for the global market. Prior to the education field, she worked in the corporate sector of the fashion industry engaging international factories in apparel production. Shemeka earned her Master of Education in Adult Education and Human Resource Development from Fordham University with a specialization in workforce development. She received her coaching certification from New York University and Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University. In her spare time, she enjoys being a motivational speaker and community activist.

 
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Valeria Diaz, Career Advisor
Valeria Diaz joined the Center for Career Development in January 2013. In addition to working with students, Ms. Diaz is also responsible for On Campus Recruitment and other employer relations activities. Prior to her time at BMCC, she worked in other CUNY career centers including Baruch College and Hostos Community College. Ms. Diaz earned her MSEd in Higher Education Administration from Baruch College, a BA in Sociology and a BS in Human Development from Binghamton University. Ms. Diaz enjoys reading, catching up on her favorite TV shows and traveling in her spare time.

 
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Marisa LoBianco, Senior Career Advisor
Marisa LoBianco joined the staff in March 2014 as a Senior Career Advisor. She has ten years of experience providing career counseling to students with diverse educational and professional backgrounds. She holds a Master of Science Degree in school counseling, is a certified professional resume writer and has presented on career related issues at national conferences. Marisa is a member of several professional organizations and maintains a strong knowledge of current career counseling strategies including job readiness, resume and cover letter writing and assistance, interview preparation, and networking including social media use. She started her counseling career working for a non-profit organization to providing services to NYC high school students and then went on to work in a private 4 year university. Prior to working at BMCC, Marisa worked in one of the top culinary schools in New York City. In her spare time she enjoys scrapbooking, yoga, cooking, and travelling.

CUNY Office Assistant: Vladlena Varshavskya
College Assistants: Josuel Reynoso, Novella Ford, Jazmin Ramos, Jeremy Cotto, Neville Fleming.

Center for Career Development| About Us
199 Chambers Street, S-342, New York, NY 10007
Phone: 212-220-8170|Fax: 212-346-8519
Email: career@bmcc.cuny.edu|Office Directory

Office Hours:
Walk-in hours: Monday 3pm-6pm, Tuesday and Thursday 2pm-5pm
Saturdays hours

When classes are not in session, the Center is open Mon–Fri: 9:00AM–5:00PM

Walk-in hours: Tuesday and Thursday: 2pm-4pm

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