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!

Tasreen Rahman

Tasreen Rahman
College Assistant

Tasreen is a former Guttman Community College graduate with an Associate of Arts degree in Urban Studies. She is currently attending John Jay College of Criminal Justice to pursue her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Services and Community Justice. She is a first-generation college student who can speak a total of four languages and is currently working on her fifth. As a full-time student, and part-time College Assistant in the Center for Career Preparation and Partnerships office, she enjoys working with students and being able to work in an educational environment as she develops her professional skills for her future career.

Joannie Syfrain

Joannie Syfrain
College Assistant

Joannie has been a part of the Guttman team for over 7 years, advancing through various student-support roles (Peer Mentor, CUNY Start Administrative Coordinator, and has supported the Provost in Academic Affairs). What fuels her passion is Guttman’s family-like and supportive environment. Joannie possesses a Bachelor’s in Political Science.

Joannie enjoys working with students by guiding them to strengthen their career tools, personally relating her own journey as a student, and helping them to showcase their strengths to employers so that they land the career of their dreams!

Errol Olton

Errol Olton
Career Specialist

Errol specializes in career services development, strategic partnerships, and communications. Errol works hands on with employer partners to develop impactful internship opportunities for our students. His past work in community development has resulted in workforce development programs in NYC and has received various recognitions (TEDx Speaker 2020, U.S. Congressional Recognition, N.A.A.C.P. Community Award, and HSBC Bank’s CARES Award for Educational Impact Across NYC).