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Cedar Crest Hires Carannante to Serve as Director of Career Planning

Kate Carannante

Kate Carannante recently joined Cedar Crest College as the director of career planning. She comes to the College from Independence Planning Group in Blue Bell, Pa., where she worked as a recruiting manager. Prior to recruiting, she served as the director of career services and internships and as an adjunct faculty member at DeSales University.

Carannante said she welcomes the challenge of preparing Cedar Crest College students to find rewarding employment in the current job market.

“I believe that my unique background of recruiting and career services enables me to educate students on what exactly employers are looking for,” said Carannante. “Many times, it only takes 30 seconds to look at a resume and decide if an applicant merits additional consideration. I am really excited about educating our students on how to stand out in the huge pool of applicants in today’s job market.”

Carannante has seen first-hand the errors students frequently make when presenting themselves to potential employers, and one of her main goals is ensuring Cedar Crest students avoid these costly mistakes. The career planning office at Cedar Crest provides assistance to students and alumnae by providing individual coaching appointments; career workshops and job fairs; resume and cover letter reviews; mock interviews; graduate school guidance; networking programs; and more.

She believes that the key to students’ success is beginning the career exploration process early and performing career check-ups frequently. A critical component of the student career exploration process is completion of at least one internship. Carannante places a lot of emphasis on internships and has identified this as a very important objective.

Cynthia Fulford, executive director of women’s leadership and student development, said of the appointment: “Kate believes strongly in the mission of the College and looks forward to working with faculty to help students seamlessly transition from course theory to practice. I am confident that her dedication to educating the whole student as the foundation to personal and professional success will be instrumental in supporting our goal for developing future leaders.”

In addition to her strong recruiting and career services background, Carannante has experience helping adult women return to the classroom. At the County College of Morris in Randolph, N.J., she created and implemented a “Success Under Stress” workshop for adult women enrolling at the college.

Carannante earned her M.Ed. in Student Affairs in Higher Education with a College Counseling Licensure from Kutztown University, and her B.A. in Psychology from Moravian College. She is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and president-elect of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Employers (PennACE).

She resides with her husband in Coopersburg.