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SPS Community Relations Offers Career Discovery Lab for High School Students

The School of Professional Studies (SPS) Community Relations department is collaborating with the Columbia Double Discovery Center (DDC) to offer a nine-week survey course, “Career Discovery Lab: Turning Interests and Passions into Careers,” for 10th, 11th, and 12th graders from DDC’s partner public schools in fall 2018.

Presentations exploring careers and sectors represented among SPS graduate programs are offered on the Columbia Morningside campus. Through lectures, discussion and learning activities, DDC students begin to understand how their interests may align with different careers as well as the pathways into diverse professions.

“Through this collaboration, SPS faculty, staff, and alumni reveal new fields and careers that Double Discovery students can consider and aspire to as they proceed from high school to college and beyond,” says George Calderaro, SPS Director of Community Relations.

SPS/DDC Career Discovery Lab Fall 2018 Schedule

Session 1: Wednesday, October 3
“Choosing the Right Career Path” with Diane Spizzirro, Associate Director, SPS Career Design Lab

Session 2: Wednesday, October 10
“Careers in Communications” with Kai D. Wright, SPS Strategic Communications graduate program lecturer and consulting director at Ogilvy

Session 3: Wednesday, October 17
“Careers in Nonprofit Organizations” with Erwin de Leon, Ph.D., Deputy Academic Director, Nonprofit Management Programs

Session 4: Wednesday, October 24
“Careers in Bioethics” with Sameer Ladha, Associate Director SPS Bioethics graduate program

Session 5: Wednesday, October 31
“Careers in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution” with Dominic R. Rinaldi, Conflict Resolution Specialist and Alumnus, SPS Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program

Session 6: Wednesday, November 7
“Careers in Sports Management” with Thomas Cerny and Scott James Ferguson, SPS Sports Management graduate program staff

Session 7: Wednesday, November 14
“Careers in Narrative Medicine” with SPS Narrative Medicine graduate program alumnus and/or student

Session 8: Wednesday, December 5
“Careers in Applied Analytics” with Kitty Chan, Program Director, SPS Applied Analytics graduate program

Session 9: Wednesday, December 12
“Nuances of Professional Communication” with Gloria Chin, SPS Strategic Communications Alumna and Assistant Commissioner, New York City Department of Consumer Affairs

About the Columbia Double Discovery Center

Established in 1965, the Double Discovery Center ( (DDC) aims to increase the high school graduation as well as college enrollment and completion rates for low-income, first generation college-bound youth from public schools in Harlem and Washington Heights. It provides students with high-quality activities across three key areas: Academic Enrichment, College & Career Success, and Healthy Minds & Bodies. The “Career Discovery Lab” supports the DDC Career Explorations & Development component of its College & Career Success focus.

Columbia Double Discovery Center students outside Hamilton Hall

Columbia Double Discovery Center students outside Hamilton Hall