Employer Spotlight: Marc-Michaels Interior Design

Marc-Michaels Interior Design LogoMarc-Michaels Interior Design Inc. is recognized worldwide as a full-service interior design firm. With an active private residential practice, Marc-Michaels’ design teams have access to a wide range of high-end design trends and ideas. The full-service firm, headquartered in Winter Park, Florida, also provides luxury tower, model home merchandising and commercial design services.  The firm’s diverse portfolio has been featured in numerous publications, and has garnered over 400 national and regional design awards. Architectural Digest has named Marc-Michaels to their prestigious list of the “Top 100 Designers in the World,” and has featured the firm’s work in numerous issues. Interior Design Magazine has consistently ranked Marc-Michaels as one of the largest interior design firms in the nation in their Design Giants Survey.  Thank you to Marc-Michaels for supporting the career development process at Seminole State College. Learn more about Marc-Michaels Interior Design here.

Job Shadow Program – What, How, and Why?

By Brittany Shivers
Career Development Coordinator, Heathrow Campus

One of the programs that you may or may not have heard of that our career center offers is the Job Shadow Program. Even if you have heard of it, you may be wondering what it is all about! Throughout this post, we’ll be exploring what the program is, how you can participate, and why you would want to.

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The Job Shadow Program is intended to provide you with an opportunity to explore career paths and options, experience a professional work environment, connect with current professionals in a career field of interest to you, and observe and/or practice first hand skills and job tasks related to a career you may be interested in pursuing.  The experience is always held during the week between semesters—taking place in the Summer, Fall, and Spring. Depending on the employer you are matched with, the experience could last anywhere from a day to a full week. Overall, it is a wonderful opportunity to get a real world picture of what a career in a particular field could be like.


In order to participate in the program, you must become “JSP Eligible”. The first step is filling out the interest survey.

Once you have completed that quick survey, you will be added to the Canvas course for the Job Shadow Program. The course contains 9 modules that you need to work through in order to become eligible.  A lot of the information will just be a quick review of concepts you already know. We just want to ensure that you are as prepared as possible for the experience. When the modules are completed, you will become eligible and able to review and apply for Job Shadow experiences for that semester. There is more information on how to specifically apply for positions and a timeline for each semester within the Canvas site.


The Job Shadow Program does require some work before you can participate, so you may be wondering why you would want to invest in it. There are so many benefits! Participating in the Job Shadow Program can help with making or confirming decisions about a major, gathering more information about a career path, increasing your network of known employers in your field of interest (great resources for that future job hunt), and gives you an understanding of how a professional work environment operates. Participating in the Job Shadow Program will be beneficial in many ways to your career development.

If you have any questions or would like more information on the program, please feel free to contact Brittany Shivers, our Job Shadow Program Representative. She can be reached by phone at 407-708-4444 or email at shiversb@seminolestate.edu.

Employer Spotlight: Gina Berry Collaborative

gina-berryGina Berry Collaborative, PLLC is a professional limited liability company established to provide an array of professional services to supplement project teams during the project delivery process. GBC works as an owner’s representative or as consultants to the design and construction team. The company’s service regime includes planning, project management, project research and development. GBC serves in leadership and supporting roles from site selection through design, construction, and occupancy. Gina Berry Collaborative is a woman owned small business enterprise pursuing the path for WBE and WMBE designations at the local, state and federal levels. Thank you to GBC for supporting the career development process at Seminole State College. Learn more about Gina Berry here.

College Tours: Know Before You Go

By Rickie Herrera
Career Development Coordinator, Altamonte Springs Campus

Often Seminole State College is not the end of a student’s college career, it is just the beginning. If you plan on transferring to a university after completing your general education from Seminole State College there are some important steps to take. The first step is to declare a major and find out what universities offer that program. The next step would be to compile a list of possible schools and schedule tours to visit those campuses. Taking a college tour can give you a firsthand look into life at the college/university you are considering and help you determine if the institution suits your personality, interests, and career goals.

mapGoing on a college tour and visiting a campus is beneficial because it allows you to determine whether or not you can picture yourself attending that particular university for the next few years of your life. Your education should be exciting, fun, and an investment in your future, therefore you want to be as prepared and as knowledgeable as possible when making this potentially life changing decision.  In addition, college tours will provide you with the necessary information to help make the transfer process easier. Some topics usually discussed during a college tour include financial aid, admissions, career services, housing, scholarships, student life, academic programs and associated program requirements, and testing/assessment. In addition, often times college tours give you the opportunity to engage with current students at that college/university. This is a wonderful time to ask questions regarding the college experience.

You can often schedule a college tour by simply contacting the admissions department of the institution you are considering attending. The Career Development Center is also planning group college tour events, so make sure to check out our events calendar for these opportunities.




Employer Spotlight: Skanska

skanskaSkanska USA is one of the largest, most financially sound construction and development companies in the U.S., serving a broad range of clients including those in transportation, power, industrial, water/wastewater, healthcare, education, sports, data centers, government, aviation and commercial.  Headquartered in New York with offices in 31 metro areas, Skanska has more than 11,000 employees committed to being leaders in safety, project execution, sustainability, ethics and people development. In 2015, their work in building construction, civil and power/industrial construction, commercial development and infrastructure development (public-private partnerships) generated $7.1 billion in revenue.  Global revenue of parent company Skanska AB, headquartered in Stockholm and listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, totaled $18.4 billion in 2015. Skanska shares are publicly traded in the U.S. on the OTC market under the symbol SKBSY through a Level I American Depository Receipt program.

A warm thank you to Skanska for supporting the career development process at Seminole State College. Learn more about Skanska on their website.


Employer Spotlight: Orange City Fire Department

Orange City Fire LogoThe Orange City Fire Department was established in 1890 and has been proudly protecting its citizens for 125 years. Their firefighters are dedicated to reducing the impact of fire, medical emergencies, potential disasters and uncontrolled events that affect the community’s environment.

Additionally, the department provides fire prevention education and CPR instruction. Orange City Fire Department has offered several job shadow opportunities for Seminole State students and continues to expand its partnership with the College. A warm thank you to Orange City Fire Department for supporting the career development process at Seminole State College.