Student Opportunity Center Opens

Claremont McKenna College is excited to announce the creation of a new student opportunity center. 

The Center will house, broaden, and integrate Career Services, the Robert Day Scholars' program external relations team, and dedicated support for our scholar communities with complementary advising, counseling, mentoring, and networking services.  The Center will also provide an attractive venue for mentoring and advising by our dedicated staff, alumni, and parents.

The Center will collaborate with faculty, institutes, athletics, global education, and our new campus resource center. Together with these important partners, the Center will help students recognize, cultivate, and translate their interests and strengths, especially in leadership and complex problem-solving, into meaningful and exciting real-world opportunities:  internships, fellowships, graduate and professional programs, and post-graduate employment in business, government, and the professions.

The debut of the Center has spurred many programmatic enhancements. Specifically, students can look forward to a re-imagined counseling model, organized by interest clusters, along with a first-year counseling program that builds upon the relationships established during the WOA experience. Other student-focused improvements include an expanded career fair, transition to a new online recruiting system (Handshake), more networking trips (e.g., Washington D.C.), and extended drop-in/office hours.

The Center will concentrate these programs and resources in one central, accessible place: a remodeled Frazee, across from the Hub. The space is designed with students in mind with open offices, flexible spaces, additional interview rooms, outdoor seating, and an architectural feel that creates a strong connection to campus. 

We have a superb leadership team to support the Center. Michelle Chamberlain, in her role as Associate Vice President and Dean of Student Opportunities, will lead the Center. She will be supported by Kevin Arnold, in an expanded role as the Executive Director of Scholar Communities, and a newly hired Director of Career Services.

We will hold an open house on October 20, once we have a chance to settle in to the new location.  We are also planning a formal dedication event for early in the spring semester.  We encourage you to visit the Center to learn more about our plans and to share your ideas, as we aim to support all students, across a broad spectrum of disciplines and endeavors, to develop and realize their personal and professional goals.

Very best,