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.

Shaina Davis

Shaina Davis
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.

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!

Brian McCollough

Brian McCollough
Career Preparation Assistant and Peer Leader Specialist

Brian is a Guttman Community College graduate with an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration. After Guttman, he pursued a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration at York College/CUNY, graduating in 2019. Brian enjoys building connections with students and promotes the importance of communication and networking. He finds joy in helping students get career ready and developing their professional skills to land internships and jobs.

LaShonna Turner

LaShonna Turner
Career Specialist

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.

Errol Olton

Errol Olton
Grant Manager, Project Adelante

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).