Athens State Career Development Center

The Career Development Center provides assistance to Athens State students and Alumni in career planning, development and job seeking strategies. The department serves as a major link between students/Alumni and potential employers. We are here to assist students in identifying and fulfilling their future goals and aspirations. Students receive support in creating professional documents (resumes, cover letters, and social media profiles) and learning effective interview and job search techniques. We offer a variety of opportunities to come face to face with hiring employers and graduate school recruiters at career fairs, employer workshops, information sessions, and at campus recruiting events. All students and alumni are welcome to register with our office. To register, visit: https://athens-csm.symplicity.com/students/

National PTSD Awareness Day is observed annually on June 27. This is a day to recognize the effects post-traumatic stres...
06/24/2019

National PTSD Awareness Day is observed annually on June 27. This is a day to recognize the effects post-traumatic stress has on the lives of those affected by it. According to PTSD United, 20% of adults in the United States who have experienced a traumatic event suffer from PTSD.

The United States Senate established PTSD Awareness Day in 2010 following then-Sen. Kent Conrad’s efforts to designate a day of awareness as a tribute to Army Staff Sgt. Joe Biel of the North Dakota National Guard, Davison said Biel suffered from PTSD and took his life in April 2007 after returning to North Dakota following his second tour of duty in the Iraq War.

Biel’s birthday, June 27, was chosen to mark PTSD Awareness Day and honor his memory.

Free webinar!
06/21/2019

Free webinar!

Do you find it difficult to speak up or express yourself in ways that you feel like you're being heard? Join us for our free webinar with Stella Grizont on Wednesday, June 26 at 11 a.m. ET, where she'll show you how to say what you want to say with ease and confidence. Sign up now: https://hpfy.co/2Xue8rj

Summer officially begins on Friday. Take some time to enjoy it!
06/16/2019

Summer officially begins on Friday.
Take some time to enjoy it!

06/13/2019
Alabama Association of Colleges and Employers - AACE

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Who is excited for #AACE19 next month? 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️

BIG thanks to all our Gold Sponsors Enterprise, Personnel Board of Jefferson County, Athens State University, and University of Alabama Career Center for their support!

See y’all soon!

Thought for the week:
06/10/2019

Thought for the week:

Huntsville ranks 4th on 2019 list of top cities for career opportunities
06/04/2019
Huntsville ranks 4th on 2019 list of top cities for career opportunities

Huntsville ranks 4th on 2019 list of top cities for career opportunities

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Certain cities are better than others for career opportunities and Huntsville made it to the list of top ten cities for said opportunities.

Huntsville takes the fourth spot on the list released by Smartasset.com. The site accounted for the unemployment rates, change in total emp...

Thought for the week:
06/03/2019

Thought for the week:

Athens State Career Development Center
05/28/2019

Athens State Career Development Center

Reminder: I provide personal counseling services year-round for staff, students, and faculty. To set up an appointment c...
05/21/2019

Reminder: I provide personal counseling services year-round for staff, students, and faculty. To set up an appointment contact me at [email protected]

What are you doing to stay mentally healthy?

U.S. Army Contracting Command
05/16/2019

U.S. Army Contracting Command

Imagine entering the government as a GS-7 or a GS-9, with a chance to become a GS-11, making anywhere from $43 - $83 K per year, in one of the best hidden gem cities of the South...if you're a contract specialist, it can happen at U.S. Army Contracting Command, at our headquarters at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Alabama!

Job is open MAY 15-17 only, so APPLY NOW!

The details:
Who May Apply: Individuals awarded a degree by an institution of higher education not more than two years before the date of the appointment of such person, except that in the case of a person who has completed a period of obligated service in a uniform service of more than four years.

Basic Qualification for All Grades: Completion of Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) from an accredited educational institution (of any study) and at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management. (The 24 semester hour requirement can be obtained within the bachelor's degree OR in addition to the degree.)

Minimum Qualification for GS-7:
1) Specialized Experience required for GS-07: One year of specialized experience which includes assisting with preparing bid proposals for contractors; assisting with preparing recommendations for awarding contracts and/or subcontracts; assisting in preparation of solicitation documents; assisting with analyzing contractor's operation to ensure within command's rules and regulations; assessing procurement documents for compliance with contractor's purchases prior to approval; assisting in negotiating terms of purchase orders through price analysis. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the second lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-05)
2) Education: One full year of graduate level education in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as: business.
3) Superior Academic Achievement: Successful completion of all the requirements for a bachelor's degree with Superior Academic Achievement. In order to be creditable under this provision, Superior Academic Achievement must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled, such as that identified in Education above. Superior Academic Achievement is based on:
(a) Class Standing - Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses; OR
(b) Grade-Point Average (G.P.A.) - Applicants must have a grade-point average of either (a) 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on your official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (b) 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.; OR
(c) Honor Society Membership - Applicants may be considered eligible based on membership in one of the approved national scholastic honor societies listed by the Association of College Honor Societies (https://www.achsnatl.org/), OR
4) Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) by 18. Add the two percentages.
Minimum Qualification for GS-9: Must meet one of the following:

1) Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes developing procurement plans; monitoring and providing input to the automated management systems to reflect the current status of procurement plans; reviewing procurement packages to insure completeness, propriety, and note any unusual features of planned procurement; determining the method of procurement; receiving and evaluating proposals; requesting pre-award surveys and evaluating findings; and preparing designated price and cost analysis. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the second lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-07). OR
2) Education: Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as: Business Management. OR
3) Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) beyond the first year (total graduate semester hours minus 18) by 18. Add the two percentages.

Responsibilities/Duties: As a Recent Graduate, you will be assigned to a senior specialist or group of specialists. You will be assigned tasks designed to familiarize you with different aspects of the occupation. At the full performance grade level (GS-11) you will:
1) Develop advance procurement plans for the future fiscal years in coordination with the requiring elements. Monitor and provide input to the automated management systems to reflect the current status of procurement plans.
2) Review, analyze, coordinate, and provide determinations on production management functions from the point of pre-award survey to delivery of hardware and closeout of contracts. Review all approved procurement, production, delivery program objectives and program changes. Participate in pre-award surveys to determine contractor's capability to meet total production requirements and assure timely delivery of material. Determine and initiate action to alleviate actual or potential problems. Recommend Alternative contract actions when technical redirection is required.
3) Formulate negotiation objectives and negotiates contracts for hardware or services on one or more components of subsystems of the Army's missile and aviation systems. Select type of contract which is best for the particular procurement. Prepare Findings and Determinations of Facts and negotiates Claim Settlements and Terminations. Planning procurement actions with technical, legal, and contract pricing personnel.
4) Prepare designated price and cost-analysis in accordance with current command regulations and policies. Verify the contractor's rates through either the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) or available records of previous purchases. Incorporates the recommendations of the technical personnel as related to man-hours, materials, facilities, etc., into pricing/cost analysis. Establish a profit objective utilizing such techniques as the weighted guidelines method. Perform a comparative analysis of the contractor's proposals.

Conditions of Employment:
1) Secret security investigation required
2) Travel up to 20% may be required.
3) Will be required to sign a Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE-450 upon entry and annually thereafter
4) Will be required to serve a 2 year probationary period
5) This is an Army Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Workforce position. Selectee must meet the positions requirements for certification at Level II within 24 months of entrance on duty.
6) This position requires you to sign a Pathways Program Participant Agreement.
7) Position may be subject to Administrative Careers with America (ACWA) Assessment of a validated alternative assessment instrument.

How to Apply;

Please provide your current resume and a copy of your transcript. The transcript must include your name, institution name, conferred/completed date of applicable degree (unofficial copies are acceptable)

To apply, send resume and transcript via email to [email protected]. Please ensure your email has the following subject line: Last Name, First Name, Middle Initial, Contract Specialist (Recent Grad), DHA for Recent Graduates.

Application packages that do not contain resume and transcripts will not be considered.

Athens State University-Center for Lifelong Learning
05/14/2019

Athens State University-Center for Lifelong Learning

Flyers will be going out to schools soon! Until then, please visit our website for a full list of available camps! Register at athens.edu/CLL—click the tab “youth programs” to find the summer camp list. Please call us for registration questions, 256-233-8260. #summercamps *URL in bio*

Ladies, this networking event is for you!
05/07/2019

Ladies, this networking event is for you!

If you happen to be on or near campus tomorrow afternoon, stop by the Waters Hall conference room, S200 for the Mental H...
05/07/2019

If you happen to be on or near campus tomorrow afternoon, stop by the Waters Hall conference room, S200 for the Mental Health Matters Wellness Group. We start at 5:00pm. Hope to see you then!
For further information, contact [email protected].

Decatur City Schools Job Fair is TOMORROW! 4 - 6pm
05/06/2019

Decatur City Schools Job Fair is TOMORROW! 4 - 6pm

General Dynamics is hosting a Career Expo on May 16th at the Embassy Suites.  Looking to fill positions in Finance, Cont...
05/02/2019

General Dynamics is hosting a Career Expo on May 16th at the Embassy Suites. Looking to fill positions in Finance, Contracting, Quality and Program Management.

Happy May 1st!  Graduation is this Saturday.   Students have a break before summer semester begins.  It's going to be gr...
05/01/2019

Happy May 1st! Graduation is this Saturday. Students have a break before summer semester begins. It's going to be great!

Reminder: I am available year round for personal counseling services. Contact me at Lisa.Philippart@athens.edu.Finish up...
04/29/2019

Reminder: I am available year round for personal counseling services. Contact me at [email protected].

Finish up the semester strong!

The best way to manage test anxiety is to be prepared!
04/23/2019

The best way to manage test anxiety is to be prepared!

How does stress affect you?ASU provides personal counseling services free to staff, students and faculty. Contact Lisa a...
04/15/2019

How does stress affect you?

ASU provides personal counseling services free to staff, students and faculty.
Contact Lisa at [email protected] to set up an appointment.

Using Mindfulness to Decrease Stress:
04/09/2019

Using Mindfulness to Decrease Stress:

Trying to figure out the art of Networking?  This workshop will help! - April 16th, 5 - 6pm
04/04/2019

Trying to figure out the art of Networking? This workshop will help! - April 16th, 5 - 6pm

April is Stress Awareness Month.
04/01/2019

April is Stress Awareness Month.

Active Minds at ASU presents:Mental Health Matters Wellness GroupWhat is this? Active Minds Mental Health Matters Wellne...
03/26/2019

Active Minds at ASU presents:

Mental Health Matters Wellness Group

What is this? Active Minds Mental Health Matters Wellness Group is a free drop-in wellness group for Athens State students that provides mental health education and connection. This group is facilitated by a licensed professional counselor. The first half hour is an educational presentation on a mental health topic, followed by a group discussion. Topics change every month depending on student needs or requests.
Students will learn about different factors that can impact mental health, share strategies for managing the stress of college and life, and speak with other students about challenges and successes.

When? The first meeting will be on Tuesday, April 2 from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. Meetings will be held on the first Tuesday of each month.

Where? Waters Hall Conference Room S200.

What else? Resource materials will be available for students to take with them voluntarily.

Contact information: Lisa Philippart LPC at [email protected]

Share this with Computer Science and Math majors.  This is always a good session and a great networking opportunity!
03/26/2019

Share this with Computer Science and Math majors. This is always a good session and a great networking opportunity!

Thought for the week:
03/25/2019

Thought for the week:

The Career Development Center will be closed March 20-22 for Spring Break. We will reopen on Monday, March 25th.
03/19/2019

The Career Development Center will be closed March 20-22 for Spring Break. We will reopen on Monday, March 25th.

Simple truths to contemplate during Spring Break:1. Education and intelligence accomplish nothing without action.2. Happ...
03/17/2019

Simple truths to contemplate during Spring Break:

1. Education and intelligence accomplish nothing without action.

2. Happiness and success are two different things.

3. Having too many choices interferes with decision making.

4. Every mistake you make is progress.

5. The problems we have with others are typically more about us.

6. You will never feel 100% ready when an opportunity arises.

Many thanks to marcandangel.com and enjoy the break!
Contact Lisa at [email protected]

This is Sleep Awareness Week!Could your mental state be contributing to your slumber troubles? Three easy ways to tell:1...
03/11/2019

This is Sleep Awareness Week!

Could your mental state be contributing to your slumber troubles? Three easy ways to tell:

1. Your Switch Is Always “On.”

Do your worries play on an endless feedback loop in your brain when you climb into bed? Whether you are tossing and turning with anxious thoughts racing through your mind or dwelling on a general feeling of negativity, the inability to shut off the pessimistic chatter in your head during night hours is a major contributor to sleep issues. In fact, the risk of insomnia is much higher among people with major depressive disorders.

2. You Drag During the Day.

Feelings of depression and anxiety can make it harder for you to stay asleep or to sleep deeply; they can also cause you to have more fragmented sleep patterns that leave you feeling fatigued the next day even though you logged enough hours in bed. Of course, depression itself can be accompanied by low energy, so it is hard to tell whether daytime drowsiness is a result of mood-related poor sleep, or low mood itself. Either way, if you are shuffling through your day when you’ve spent enough hours in bed the night before, your mood may be playing a role.

3. You Have Bad Dreams.

Everyone experiences the occasional scary dream, but frequent nightmares are associated with depression and anxiety, as well as poor sleep quality and a lower quality of life. It’s a tough cycle to break: Disturbing or negatively charged dreams can cause you to awaken from sleep and make it challenging to fall back to sleep; then, that inability to get a solid night of shut-eye can leave you feeling emotionally out of sorts the next day, which impacts your ability to sleep the following night.

The good news is that depression, anxiety, and low mood are treatable conditions. Addressing these issues can help you improve the quality of your sleep, in addition to boosting your energy level during the day.

Need to talk? Contact Lisa at [email protected]

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Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
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