Veronica Hibbert is the Career Services Director for the Tulsa campus. She has been a career services professional since 2004 working in many industries from Dental Assisting to Criminal Justice to Software Development. One of her major accomplishments in her career was turning around underperforming career services departments. Recently, her department had zero findings from audits by the Department of Education and the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET) Accreditation.
Career Services works with students in a group setting and one on one to develop employment goals, prepare resumes, interviewing skills, and of course, job leads. They also partner with local and national employers to come to campus to interview and conduct weld tests for students and graduates. Career Services also helps students find part time jobs while in school.
Veronica views the role of Tulsa Welding School as transforming the lives of students in creating opportunities through education and enjoys helping students reach their educational and career goals. She works with many students who are just starting their program and sees them through completion and getting hired. Veronica says the best part of her job is getting to celebrate the success of the students she helps. However, there are challenges at times. What is particularly disheartening is when she sees students who were totally vested in the program not want to work when they finish.
One thing she would like students to know about Career Services is that the team reaches out to graduates on a daily basis about welding jobs. Many employers travel far or from other state just to hire students offering relocation packages, great pay and benefits. Unfortunately, many students don’t respond and miss out on these opportunities.
Veronica realizes that students face some challenges, and she has a bit of advice for them. “Life happens, do not give up, Stay focused throughout your educational journey, and commitment will reap success at the end of your journey.”