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

photo of won kang Won Kang, Director
Won Kang joined the Center for Career Development in December 2014. He previously worked at Barnard College for ten years. During his tenure at Barnard, he managed and worked with various aspects of Career Development including employer relations, internship grant funding, civic engagement, career counseling, and student employment. His previous experiences include directing a G.E.D. and volunteer program at the YWCA in Queens, and working in Residence Life at Bard College. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology, and a Masters of Education in Counseling with a focus in Higher Education Administration from the Curry School at the University of Virginia. Won enjoys discovering new music, reading on the subway, watching movies, rooting for the Hoos, Mets, Knicks, and Giants, and spending time with his family. 


photo of driada rivas 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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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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Valeria Diaz, Employer Relations Assistant
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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Sarah Lynch, Senior Career Advisor
Sarah Lynch joined the Center for Career Development in February, 2015. Her previous position was at LIM College where she taught experiential education courses, managed abroad internships and had a caseload of students and employers. She earned a Masters of Social Work at Stony Brook University and has a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology. Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing sports, cooking and traveling.


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Thierry Thesatus, Senior Career Advisor
Thierry Thesatus joined the Center for Career Development in January 2015. Prior to BMCC, Mr. Thesatus worked as a Career Counselor and Enrollment Coach at LIU Brooklyn. He has also previously worked as a Career Facilitator and teacher at the Young Adult Borough Center at Monroe High School for Good Shepherd Services. Mr. Thesatus earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History, New York State Initial Teaching Certification, and Masters of Arts degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in History at Stony Brook University. Mr. Thesatus is a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He is also an avid sports fan and enjoys listening to music, watching shows including Game of Thrones, Gotham and Walking Dead, as well as hiking, camping, and spending time with family and friends.


CUNY Office Assistant: Vladlena Varshavskya

College Assistants: Josuel Reynoso, Novella Ford, Jeremy Cotto, Neville Fleming, Jessica Maldonado.

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:
Monday-Thursday: 9am-6pm and Friday: 9am-5pm
Walk-in Hours: Monday-Thursday: 10am-5pm and Friday: 10am-4pm
Saturdays Hours: 10am-4pm on March 7, 21, April 18, 25, May 2, 16

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

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