New at Inver Hills: Center for Career Development and Community-Based Learning

Same space with a fresh vision

You may have noticed something different this fall on the campus of Inver Hills Community College. We no longer have a Center for Experiential Learning or Career Services office. Instead, we now have a single office in the College Center called the Center for Career Development and Community-Based Learning (CCD+CBL).

The changes are not limited to the center’s name, but are instead rooted deeply within the CCD+CBL mission. The Center for Career Development and Community-Based Learning builds careers and strengthens communities by engaging students in the lifelong process of career development and active citizenship through volunteerism and community service.

We accomplish our mission in the following ways:
  1. Provide students and alumni with the skills and experiences they need to make an impact on today’s competitive labor market.
  2. Work in partnership with faculty for in- and out-of-classroom learning experiences.
  3. Cultivate community partner relationships for volunteer opportunities, service-learning, academic internships and off-campus employment.
Located on the second floor of the College Center across from Counseling and Advising, CCD+CBL serves the following Inver Hills stakeholders:

Students and Alumni



Benefits of working with CCD+CBL

Students need to know finding a career doesn’t happen the moment they graduate and receive their diplomas. Instead, their real-world experiences during their college years define their future success. CCD+CBL staff work with students from their first semester at Inver until their last, helping them explore their career options through:

Students are encouraged to identify opportunities both on campus and off to broaden their networks and harness a competitive edge. Faculty also find support at CCD+CBL. Our staff members offer help in a number of ways, including the logistics involved in adding community-based learning to course curricula as well as internship and volunteer opportunities.

Employer partnerships across the region are one of CCD+CBL greatest assets. Employers reach out to the center for assistance in sharing job leads and opportunities. Many employer partners visit our students in classrooms and clubs, sharing industry knowledge and expert information on hiring practices. Students can interact with employers through programing sponsored by CCD+CBL or meet with the Employer of the Day. To learn which employers are on campus next, check out the College Central Network schedule.

Opportunities are vast. CCD+CBL offers something for everyone in every major.

Visit CCD+CBL on Facebook

CCD+CBL upcoming events

Unsure where to start? Come to one of our events to find out what CCD+CBL can do for you.

Soup + Substance

Deep Dive into Hunger in Dakota County

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Noon to 1 p.m.
College Center Room 265

TOPIC: Hunger in Dakota County
Jason Viana, Executive Director, Open Door Pantry
Jill Westfall, Communications Manager, Hunger Solutions
“Households don’t have much control over fixed monthly expenses like the mortgage or rent or utility bills. When things get tight, one of the first budget items cut is food. Individuals and families turn to food shelves for help making it through the month.”
Hunger Solutions
What are solutions to food insecurity in our community and what can you do to help?

Free soup lunch provided.

Career Workshops

Resume Workshop

Tuesday, October 23
2 p.m.
College Center Room 117

Don’t miss an opportunity to hear from hiring professionals about how you can stand out in the job search. Best Buy will be here to help you learn how to create a resume.

Interview Workshop

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
2 p.m.
College Center Room 117

Come and learn about interviewing from the professionals at Robert Half.

Cover Letter Workshop

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
2 p.m.
College Center Room 117

Come and learn about cover letters and why they are necessary from the professionals at Augustana Care.

Festival of Cultures Job Fair

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
College Center 1st Floor

The Center for Career Development and Community-Based Learning is hosting a specialized job fair to spotlight employers who are looking to expand their diverse workforce. Learn about opportunities from employers. This fair is open to all Inver Hills students.

Employers at the Festival of Cultures Job Fair

Soup + Substance

Strategies for Social Justice

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Noon to 1 p.m.
College Center Room 265

What can one person do to change the world? A lot! Come to this event and learn about the many different ways to engage in social change while finding strategies that work best for your interests and personality.

A simple soup lunch will be provided.

Health Care Job Fair

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Noon to 2 p.m.
Science Building 1st Floor

Meet with employers seeking to fill a variety of positions in the health care industry. Bring your resume.

Employers at Health Care Job Fair

On-Campus Job Fair

Thursday, January 24, 2018
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
College Center Cafeteria

Start out spring semester 2018 with a new job. Connect with on-campus employers during welcome week to find employment at Inver Hills.

Internship and Career Fair

Inver Hills Community College & Dakota County Technical College

Student Success Day

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Fine Arts Building Lobby

Meet with employers with career and internship opportunities in the fields of business, IT and paralegal. Fair is open to the public. All are welcome.

Career Week

Monday, February 25 to Friday, March 1, 2018

Save the dates for a full week of programing to help you get the competitive edge in finding a career.

Social Work Internship and Career Fair

Tuesday, April 2, 2018
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Fine Arts Building Lobby

Save the date for an opportunity to hear from local nonprofits about internships and careers in the field of social work. This will be part info session and job fair.


Learn more about the Center for Career Development and Community-Based Learning (CCD+CBL) at Inver Hills by contacting:

Emily Johnson
Director of Career Development
Shannon Williams
Community-Based Learning Coordinator

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