Career, Employment & Counseling Services

About Our Services

Career, Employment & Counseling Services offers individualized, personalized assistance to students to help identify and achieve academic, career and life plans and goals.  Services are available to students enrolled at OCC and Kean Ocean.

STEP by STEP to Academic Success: A program designed to help students who are academically at risk to learn the skills needed for academic success.  In the Step by Step seminar you will:

  • Explore what it takes to be successful,
  • Talk with other students about their experiences and their academic and career goals,
  • Plan to make better decisions during your next semester,
  • Reconnect with the reason most people come to OCC – to prepare for a good career!

To view the flyer with the information about the Step-by-Step sessions, including available dates and times, click on the Step-by-Step to Academic Success link.

To register for a Step-by-Step session, sign into your Ocean Connect account.  On the right side of the welcome page, under Events and Orientations, click on the Register for an Event link.  In the Available Events box, select the Step_by_Step event link.  Register by clicking on one of the available dates and times.

Career Services offers individual appointment and group sessions.  As a convenience for students who are at the Southern Educational Center (SEC) or enrolled in OCC’s eLearning community, we provide virtual career counseling services.  With all of our students we use Kuder Journey – a powerful online career and academic planning resource.  In addition, we administer and interpret assessments such as Holland’s Self Directed Search (SDS), Strong Interest Inventory (SII), Career Thoughts Inventory (CTI), and Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).  We also use a variety of other tools and techniques such as career genograms, card sorts, and vision boards.  Job search techniques, including resume review and interview practice, are available.  We provide access to local job listings through the online Jobline.  Services are available Monday – Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; occasional evening hours will be available.

For Career Counseling, contact Susan Ebeling-Witte

Confidential and personal counseling services are provided by trained and licensed counselors.  We assist students in dealing with personal, social, and/or emotional concerns that interfere with academic success and learning.  We also work with students who are academically at-risk through the Step-by-Step to Academic Success program.  Counseling services are available Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm and Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

For personal counseling contact Kate Pandolpho, Barbara Mawer, or Kim Miller or email

Other programs of Career, Employment and Counseling Services include, Student Support Services (SSS) and Displaced Homemakers Program of Ocean County (DHP).

SSS is a federal grant funded program that offers support services to enrolled students who are first-generation, or low-income, or disabled and who need additional services to achieve academic success.  For more information, contact Diana Gatti.

DHP of Ocean County is a state grant funded program which provides services to individuals who lost their primary source of income due to separation, divorce, disability or death of the primary family wage earner.  The emphasis of the DHP is to move to economic self-sufficiency.  For more information contact Eileen Burdge.

Contact Information

Career, Employment and Counseling Services' main office is located in the ICCT Bldg #22, Room 108. 732-255-0400 ext. 2945.

The following services are located in Bldg #22 within the main office:

Personal Counseling Services: Kate Pandolpho 732-255-0400  ext.2941  
Career Services: email: 732-255-0400 ext.2372  
Displaced Homemakers Program of Ocean County 732-255-0400 ext.2297  

The following services are located in the College Center, CCTR Bldg # 9.

Student Support Services:   Room 103      
732-255-0400 ext.2352  
Personal Counseling: Barbara Mawer, Room 101 732-255-0400 ext.2362  
Personal Counseling: Kim Miller, Room 101 732-255-0400 ext.2558  

Upcoming Events

Feeling overwhelmed?  Did you know that physical activity is a great stress buster?  Career, Employment & Counseling services invites you to gather some stressed out friends and head to the gym for a quick game of basketball, volleyball, or pickleball.

Check back periodically for updates on programs and upcoming special events.

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