Career Services loses two – to be replaced

Luis Torres, Staff Writer

The Pitt-Johnstown Career Services office has lost a counselor and its director, making for what was described as a bittersweet departure.

Career Services workers at G52 Student Union said goodbye to veteran members Victoria Biter and Angela Boyd, who have moved to new jobs.

According to Student Affairs vice president Jonathan Wescott, Biter worked as a counselor for three years before departing in September.

Wescott also said former director Boyd left for a position closer to her family. She worked for four years with Career Services before moving to South Carolina this year.

Pitt-Johnstown academic and career counselor Allison Austin said she is happy for both of them.

“Vicky still visits, and Angie left for Charleston, closer to her family.”

Austin worked for 12 years in Student Affairs and six years in Career Services before joining the UPJ Career Services Offi ce in May.

Although Career Services lost two members, its goals and performance are to remain the same.

“We’re trying to provide more opportunities for students,” said Austin. “Our main goal is to prepare students for the real world, to present a well-rounded college student to employers.”

Austin mentioned that four students had obtained internships with U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania.

“We’re getting a glimpse of what we can really do.”

Austin said the job market is competitive, and they are willing to help.

“Students are not alone in job-searching,” said Austin. “We never turn anybody away.”

Regarding Biter’s and Boyd’s performance, Wescott described it as topnotch.

“Their departure was bittersweet,” he added.

Wescott said that administrators are looking for to replacements for Biter and Boyd.