Mission of Center for Career Development

The Center for Career Development strives to inspire and prepare all BMCC students and alumni to make informed decisions about their careers through counseling, teaching, and connection to networking opportunities.

Won Kang, Director

photo of won kangWon 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.

Driada Rivas, Associate Director

photo of driada rivasDriada 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.

Sarah Lynch, Senior Career Advisor

photo of sarahSarah 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.

Thierry Thesatus, Senior Career Advisor

photo of thierryThierry 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.

Jon Colon, Career Advisor

photo of JonJon Colon joined the Center for Career Development in March 2015 as a Career Advisor.  He previously worked at the Urban Assembly School for Global Commerce teaching business/technology as well as providing career assistance to students.  Prior to moving to New York, Jon worked in the Westwood Heights Schools District in Flint, Michigan for 4 years.  There he taught upper level business courses and was also the Career Resource Director working closely with students in their senior year of high school in the areas of career exploration, college applications, job searching, interview techniques as well as resume and cover letter development. Mr. Colon holds a B.A. in Supply Chain Management from the Eli Broad School of Business at Michigan State University as well as a graduate degree in Secondary Education from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois.  In his spare time he enjoys watching anything Michigan State sports related as well as traveling abroad and squeezing in a round of golf when possible.

CUNY Office Assistant: Vladlena Varshavskya

Career Development Assistants: Neville Fleming, Kimberley Goonie, Amorita Jones, Jessica Maldonado, Josuel Reynoso

Visit Us

The Center for Career Development is located in room S-342 in the 199 Chambers Street building. Here are directions to BMCC including several transportation options.

You can stop by during Walk-In hours without an appointment and speak with one of our Career Development Assistants. They can provide an overview of the different resources we offer and review your resume. They can also assist you in scheduling an appointment with one of the advisors above. Walk-In and office hours are listed below.

In addition to our website, you can connect with us virtually through our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn pages.

Center for Career Development

199 Chambers Street, Room S-342
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 220-8170
Email: career@bmcc.cuny.edu

Hours of Operation:
(when classes are in session):
Monday–Thursday: 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
(2/6, 2/20, 3/5, 3/19, 4/2, 4/16, 5/7 & 5/21)

Monday–Friday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (when classes are not in session)