‘Coffee & Careers’ Creates Buzz on WCU-Ontario Campus

Posted on 06/06/2016

West Coast University students are thirsty for knowledge ... and coffee, but mostly knowledge.

At WCU-Ontario, more than 100 students got a helping of both during the "Coffee and Careers" event on May 24.

'Just one more cup...'

Caffeine has its perks, but can pose problems too. Up to 400 milligrams of caffeine a day appears to be safe for most healthy adults. That's roughly the amount of caffeine in four cups of brewed coffee, 10 cans of cola or two "energy" drinks.

Source: Mayo Clinic

“Coffee and Careers is an opportunity for students to get to know the Career Services department and learn about all the resources we provide," Mercedes Hendricks, a senior career services specialist at WCU-Ontario, said.

Career Services made coffee for 150 people and students soon began pouring in. Hendricks estimated more than 70 percent of the students on campus stopped by during the two-hour event.

“We had a whole class tell their instructor, ‘Hey, Coffee and Careers is going on now. Can we get a break so we can go see them?’ So we’re getting pretty popular,” she said.

Besides fresh-brewed coffee, other items on the menu were tea, orange juice or water and a variety of snacks like fresh fruit, muffins and mini-donuts.

After grabbing their drink and treat, students had a chance to learn about volunteer opportunities, becoming a certified nursing assistant or the latest new grad programs at area hospitals.

"Coffee and Careers" is held on the eighth week of each term, but Hendricks said Career Services is always available to assist students and it's never too early to start crafting the perfect resume, cover letter and portfolio.

“Each time this event gets bigger and bigger," Hendricks said, "and we keep running out of coffee, so we’re reaching the student population."

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