The Center for Career Preparation & Partnerships (CCPP)

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Mission

The Center for Career Preparation and Partnerships (CCPP) leads Guttman’s innovative and proactive model for building industry partnerships, embedding equitable and inclusive career preparation into the curriculum and co-curriculum, and ensuring students successfully transfer to baccalaureate-granting institutions and plan for economic advancement and fulfilling careers.

Vision

The Center for Career Preparation and Partnerships will offer dynamic, equitable and inclusive professional exploration, career planning, and career competency development centered in the curriculum and co-curriculum to empower students to pursue a fulfilling professional path. CCPP will engage in innovative partnership development to involve industry representatives as co-educators in informing and invigorating the Guttman academic experience.

Staff

Cristina DiMeo

Cristina Di Meo
Director, CCPP

Cristina Di Meo is the Director of the Center for Career Preparation and Partnerships. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Fordham University and a Master’s in Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Ms. Di Meo is a first-generation college student and has spent her career creating, evaluating, and leading programs that help CUNY students connect to impactful career and experiential learning. Cristina is passionate about leading the CCPP team as they build the kind of innovative and responsive career education our students need to thrive in an ever-evolving labor market.

Patricia Jean

Patricia Jean
Career Program Manager

Patricia attended the University of Connecticut where she found her passion for higher education. As a student, Patricia was a leader on campus and worked in various offices. Her favorite job on campus was as a “Career Resource Assistant” within the Career Development Center. Prior to working in CCPP, she was a Student Success Advocate here at Guttman. Patricia had over five years of academic advising experience prior to becoming the Senior Career Advisor at CCPP. As a native New Yorker, she can relate to the students here at Guttman and loves working with them!

LaShonna Turner

LaShonna Turner
Internship Manager

LaShonna focuses on career services advancement, tactical partnerships, and communications. She works hands-on with employer partners to create impactful internship prospects for our students. Her past work in the educational system and community development has resulted in workforce development programs across New York City.

Shaina Davis

Shaina Davis
Internship/Communications Coordinator

Ms. Shaina (pronounced Shay-na) Davis was born and raised in The Bronx. She began her college and professional career at her alma mater, Virginia State University, where she was the Performing Arts Coordinator for the Department of Student Activities. While obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications, Shaina joined the illustrious Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Since returning to New York, she has contributed to Guttman’s Division of Academic Affairs as a College/Research Assistant and transitioned to CCPP to help create future opportunities for Guttman students. Outside of her responsibilities at Guttman, Ms. Davis dedicates her time to screenwriting, producing for film, and embedding herself into the many art forms around New York City.

Ahiela Watson

Ahiela Watson
Career Peer Leader

Ahiela Watson is a Panamá native raised in Brockton, Massachusetts. She is currently fulfilling her Master’s in Bilingual Latinx Mental Health Counseling at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is an advocate for Black mental health and hopes to approach counseling with a liberation lens. At her alma matter, Clark University, Ahiela worked in student affairs as a Resident Advisor for three years connecting students to on campus resources and hosting wellness events. She also worked as a peer advisor at the Study Abroad office providing guidance to students who were interested in learning opportunities abroad. Ahiela is excited to be part of the Guttman community and empower students in becoming well rounded career candidates!

Bushra Rahman
Career Peer Leader

Bushra Rahman is a New York City native raised in the East Village and Brooklyn. She received her Associate’s degree from Guttman in Liberal Arts and is currently completing her Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Journalism at Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business. She was a Summer Analyst intern at an investment bank and has also interned at private equity financial institutions. Bushra is thrilled to be back at Guttman and looks forward to helping fellow students flourish, access critical resources, and achieve their career goals.