Career Center welcomes new director, adds internship coordinator
April 30, 2015
LaGrange College is expanding its Career Development Center with the addition of new director Dr. Karen Pruett and Caitlin Sutton as Internship Coordinator and Career Advisor. Dr. Pruett was hired following the departure of longtime Director Diana Goldwire.
"Our Career Center is already a model for other schools in Georgia," said Dr. Marc Shook, Associate Provost and Dean of Student Engagement. "When Diana left to be with her husband in his new job, however, we saw the opportunity to re-evaluate the existing program and look for new ways to help our students locate internships and employment.
"We welcome the innovations that Karen and Caitlin will bring, and are confident those ideas will lead to future growth, both for the center and for our students."
Dr. Karen Pruett
Dr. Pruett is a native of Rock Springs, Ga. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Berry College, as well as a master's degree in education in community agency counseling and a doctorate in higher education administration, both from Auburn University.
She is a nationally certified counselor with 15 years of experience. She comes to LaGrange from the University of North Carolina Pembroke, where she was director of career services. She also was an adjunct faculty member at UNCP, teaching career counseling and development in the community mental health graduate program and the professional school counseling program.
Prior to joining UNCP, Dr. Pruett was a career counselor at Auburn and was the program coordinator for Auburn on the Hill (a congressional internship program for Auburn students). She also worked in the career development field at Gainesville State College (coordinator of career development) and Georgia Highland College (counselor and career specialist).
Dr. Pruett said she is thrilled to be joining the Student Engagement team.
"As a Georgia native, I am familiar with this school's outstanding reputation for academic excellence. Given that the LaGrange College vision is to transform lives, I am confident the Career Center will be a valuable partner in helping students better tell their unique stories related to personal growth and transformation."
A native of Poulan, Ga., Sutton earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in communication studies at Georgia Southern University, and a master's degree in higher education and student affairs in 2014 at the University of South Carolina.
At Georgia Southern, she was a peer academic advisor and peer instructor with the Office of the First-Year Experience. She also served as an orientation leader.
During her time at USC, Sutton was a graduate assistant in the College of Engineering's Career Center and taught an undergraduate course. After graduation, she was hired as the program coordinator for experiential education at USC's Career Center.
She said she is excited to be working in such a close-knit college community.
"The faculty and staff are incredibly encouraging of what the Student Engagement staff does for our students," she said. "And the students are thoughtful, intelligent and often very intentional in their paths toward realizing their dreams. I've been welcomed with open arms and already feel at home."
Dr. Shook said he is thrilled with the new direction.
"With Caitlin's direct experience with the internship program at USC, and Karen's 15 years of direct experience in the career development field, I am excited about the future of our Career Development Center," said Dr. Shook. "Karen and Caitlin are administrators of the highest caliber. Their passion for working with students is evident in everything they do."
Sutton already has begun her duties, and Dr. Pruett will join the staff June 15.