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Career Services

Our job is to help you find a job.

The job market is a competition, and you need to know how to sell yourself. We will help you understand your strengths and how best to showcase them to potential employers.

We'll help you compete, providing advice and assistance with:

  • Creating cover letters
  • Writing professional resumes
  • Navigating the application process
  • Learning how to network
  • Making a follow-up call
  • Preparing for the interview

Whether you're a new student, a recent graduate, or an IntelliTec alumni, we want you to see us first for the most effective strategies regarding your job search.

Next Classes Start: Monday, Aug. 22  
Call: 1-800-748-2282

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Meet Our Career Services Advisors

Our advisors specialize in program-specific employment guidance. They've created strong community relationships and want to share those contacts as you begin your job search.

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Don Chatman

Career Services Advisor - Automotive
Albuquerque Campus

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Students get the "real deal" when they work with Donald. He's genuine about who he is and speaks with students, not to them. He sees himself as a champion in the student's corner who wants to challenge him or her to rise to the occasion, because life is going to happen no matter what.

Get to know Don...

  • What is it about this career field you enjoy so much? I feel like I can truly impact a person's life. Not only the life of the student, but their family and their community.
  • How do you motivate a struggling student? I remind students that no matter where you are in life you can bounce back from it, especially if you allow yourself to learn from your failures. This can actually drive you toward even greater successes in the future.
  • Have you faced a difficult / challenging time in your life? If yes, how did you resolve the issue? Like most people, I have faced many difficulties and challenges in life. I believe the key to resolving those are to be accountable for your part and to learn from it. Then…move on!
  • If you had to share a single piece of advice for prospective students, what would it be? Nothing great will happen for you until you decide to take the first step.
Next Classes Start: Monday, Aug. 22  
Call: 1-800-748-2282

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Colorado Springs Campus Career Services Advisors (+)

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Joanie Johnston

Career Services Manager
Colorado Springs Campus

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"I have a passion for helping people meet their own goals – whether it is gaining employment in a career they love or negotiating the best salary. My goal is to guide graduates into the job that fits who they are, because employers hire people and their attitude, not just their degree or even skills."

Get to know Joanie...

  • How do you motivate struggling students (i.e. academics, personal issues, career guidance)? Encourage them to ASK FOR HELP. No one can understand what you’re going through or what your needs are unless you ask. In the seven and a half years I’ve been at IntelliTec I’ve learned that when you ask someone, they’ll help you deal with a problem directly, or do their best to guide you toward resources to solve the problem.
  • Have you faced a difficult / challenging time in your life? If yes, how did you resolve the issue? Sheesh, who hasn’t? I took some time to prioritize what mattered most, determined what steps to take next, and then tackled them one at a time – with the intention of getting out of the mess and onto a more manageable path.
  • If you had to share a single piece of advice for students, what would it be? “Do your research.” Research your career options with your prospective degree; see if you really want to do that day in and day out. Ensure that you’re making the most knowledgeable decision in order to make the best investment into yourself. When the going gets rough – and it will – you will know you made the best decision as long as you did all your research before enrolling.
  • What would you tell a student who was on the fence about a particular program of study? Talk to the career service advisor that works with that specific program or do a career search online. Review all the different job descriptions and potential earnings. Read every bulleted description and if it interests you and you want to learn more about it, then definitely enroll and acquire the skills and education to be successful!

Darlene Michaelis

Career Services Advisor
Colorado Springs Campus

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"I like to approach people, problem solving and situations in general with an upbeat attitude. I’ve found if I assume good intent and give people the benefit of the doubt, we’re more likely to work together to find success."

Darlene’s drive to help others and matter-of-fact approach helps her immediately recognize what students need to jump start their career, and she’s eager to share what she knows to be effective when it comes to finding a job.

Get to know Darlene...

  • What is it about this career field you enjoy so much? I love to hear people’s stories, to inspire, to provide beneficial information, and to know that what I’m doing is helping someone realize their dream.
  • Share something unique about yourself you believe might help a student get to know you outside of school. I enjoy professional rodeo and have been to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo four times. Now I go every five years to celebrate my birthday because the WNFR and I are the same age! I find there’s a direct correlation in a cowboy’s approach to rodeo and looking for a job. When a cowboy gets bucked off a horse, he dusts himself off and gets back on. The cowboys call it “try". If you take the same attitude when you’re applying for jobs you’ll eventually find the job you want and deserve!
  • How would you describe your career advising style with students? I truly believe success occurs with persistence, diligence, follow through and accountability. Once you realize the blame-game holds you back and your actions dictate your success, it’s time to ask yourself: "What am I going to do next to get there?"
  • What career advice would you offer students about to graduate? Be accountable to your goals: get the degree, the certificate, or the diploma and don’t stop until you get there.

Robin Robinson

Career Services Advisor - Medical and Personal Trainer
Colorado Springs Campus

Robin Robinson photo "A student's success is a culmination of all the individual departments working toward one goal. Admissions representatives, educators, campus staff members, and career services - every one of us holds a piece of the puzzle."

Career advising college graduates is a passion for Robin. As a proponent of higher education, she's discovered that working with students offers some of the most fulfilling moments of her job. She delights in their successes, from the completion of their degree to the job offer, and she believes these adult learners now have a lifetime of skills they can take with them.

Get to know Robin...

  • What would you tell a student who was on the fence about attending a program of choice at IntelliTec? The best investment you can make is in yourself. Earning an education, increasing your skills, and embarking on a career path will change your life. In today's competitive market, an education is a valuable tool for your career success.
  • What is it about this career field you enjoy so much? It's exciting to be part of the students' journey. In my role, it's rewarding to help students gain the knowledge they need to be successful and then watch them apply those skills once they gain employment in their career field.
  • Share something unique about yourself you believe might help a student get to know you outside of school. I enjoy travelling whenever I get the chance. However, one of my favorite places to be is right here in Colorado. We have some of the most scenic views in the world and easy access to the mountains where virtually any outdoor activity is possible.
  • If you had to share a single piece of advice for prospective students, what would it be? Believe in yourself, even when life gets hard. Remember what motivates you and stay focused on your goals - you can do this!
  • What life or career advice would you offer to students about to graduate? Enjoy the fact that all your hard work is about to pay off as you begin your career. Keep an open mind as you progress in your job and take every opportunity to learn so you can advance your skills. This will enable you to build a career you'll love not just for now but also for life.

Joe Zeman

Career Services Advisor - Automotive Technician
Colorado Springs Campus

Joe Zeman photo “I’m very much a believer in servant leadership and learning. This is especially effective as a career services advisor where my job is to serve the students, listening along the way in order to guide them throughout their journey.”

Joe considers listening the key to problem solving, motivation, conflict resolution and essentially all relationship building. For example, when coaching and counseling students, he first takes the time to really listen to students to understand all the underlying issues, then he determines the best course of action in moving forward. He believes the key to successful career advising is to come up with a plan with students vs. students working without help from others. IntelliTec Career Services is here to help them all the way from the start of school to graduation and beyond.

Get to know Joe...

  • What led you to this career field? I love the idea of helping others in their career search, assessment, and job placement. My lifelong love of education and my desire to serve others is my main motivation. Moving forward in a new career is a very important financial, life changing, social and emotional adjustment. I find when I help others I also learn quite a bit at the same time, and wow, what a rush that can be!
  • What would you tell a student who was on the fence about attending a program of at IntelliTec? Assess it carefully. IntelliTec College is a wonderful school that provides a true private, career related education where you are specifically prepared for immediately beginning work at a job in your field. Students learn both in the classroom and with hands on specific training for the skills needed to acquire, maintain, and grow in a job field directly related to something they love. Learning and working is a lifelong commitment and there is no better way as a first step beyond high school than what this school has to offer.
  • Have you faced a difficult/challenging time in your life? If yes, how did you resolve the issue? I have had several, and the best way I faced them was to admit to my faults, get the support of others, learn from them, and move on. Not hiding it, not sweeping it away, but facing it head on through family, self, spiritual, and emotional learning and practice and support daily.
  • Share something unique about yourself you believe might help a student get to know you outside of school. I play guitar and sing, mostly acoustic, covering songs of Bruce Springsteen, Tim McGraw, John Fogerty, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Willy Nelson. I also love outdoors and take 2-4 mile hikes in the spring and early summer with my family.
Next Classes Start: Monday, Aug. 22  
Call: 1-800-748-2282

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Grand Junction Campus Career Services Advisors (+)

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Pam Waterman

Career Services Director
Grand Junction Campus

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"I think students are very impressed with the knowledge of the instructors, their personal education and training, and the support provided by all departments. We aren’t a typical college; we help our graduates find jobs and always have their backs."

Get to know Pam...

  • If you had to share a single piece of advice for prospective students, what would it be? Potential employers want to hear you talk about your college success and accomplishments. This isn’t the time to be shy – be clear about who you are and what you offer.
  • Furthermore, what life or career advice would you offer to students about to graduate? Don’t give up! Persistence is the key. If you pound the pavement, going after what you want, you’ll eventually find the job you want. You’ll come across many closed doors, but it’s how you react to the door that can set you apart from other job-seekers.
  • How do you motivate students who are struggling with the job search? Put simply, I just keep bugging them. I’m on the phone, offering words of encouragement, reminding them that they are our customers and our job is to get them working. Period. That means anything we can do, from reviewing and polishing resumes, conducting mock interviews and providing employer contacts.
  • Have you faced a difficult or challenging time in your life? If so, how did you resolve the issue? With a little faith and recognizing the importance of taking it one day at a time.

Cary Maroney

Career Services Advisor
Grand Junction Campus

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He may spend 90% of his time off campus, but the end result is visibility in the community, which equates to job opportunities for IntelliTec students.

Get to know Cary...

  • What led you to this career field? I enjoy translating my sales experience into the interviewing process, so our students can use these skills to get the job. Nailing the interview is so much about interpersonal communication and initial presentation. When I start working with students, I know they already have the technical skills; I get to teach them the how to close the deal.
  • How would you describe your relationships with students? I try to be as visible as possible so they don't see me as "the guy in the white shirt and tie". I want them to know I'm receptive to working with them and coaching them in the right direction.
  • If you had to share a single piece of advice for prospective students, what would it be? Believe in luck – but the definition of luck is where preparation meets opportunity. If Plan A doesn't always work, it's amazing how Plan B does when you stay the course of positive determination.
  • Share something unique about yourself you believe might help a student get to know you outside of school. Believe it or not, I was born and raised in Colorado and I have never been skiing!
Next Classes Start: Monday, Aug. 22  
Call: 1-800-748-2282

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Jeanette Autobee-Garcia

Career Services Director
Pueblo Campus

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Born, raised, and educated in Pueblo, Colorado, Jeanette has strong ties to the community both personally and professionally. She’s sustained a 20 year career in education and feels passionately that people succeed with “a hand-up, not a hand-out.” And she’s both proud and honored to have had the opportunity to touch thousands of lives over the last two decades.

Get to know Jeanette...

  • What is it about this career field you enjoy so much? I really love helping individuals develop employability skills to obtain jobs in their desired careers. Most students aren’t aware of all the steps to secure employment. There’s an entire framework to the process and sometimes it can take a little time and patience. I feel it’s my job to talk grads through the progression. Some think the end point is submitting their resume/application, but that just sets in motion the next set of steps…which hopefully lead to an interview.
  • Please share a memorable moment/success story you’ve experienced at IntelliTec. I had the opportunity to help a single mom obtain employment. This entailed a lot of moral support as well as assistance with job applications. About six months after graduation she landed a job in her field. What an exciting moment for both of us! Her self-esteem soared. And though we all knew it, she finally felt like she was worth something after all the let-downs in her life. The icing on the cake was the doctor she worked for loved her.
  • How do you motivate students who are struggling with the job search? Students generally reach out when things get dire, and at that point their stress levels are running pretty high. My goal is to meet with them right away and guide them through a number of online applications. This helps them feel confident that their skills are still marketable. I try to get them to focus on the bigger picture, and not let little things get in the way.
  • What career advice would you share with a student about to graduate? Believe in yourself and show employers just how much you have to offer. Your newly acquired skills are not only marketable but sought after. With the right attitude you’ll find a job you want.

Kristy Martinez

Career Services Advisor
Pueblo Campus

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"I really enjoy being able to help students with their resumes needs, coaching them on interview skills, and best of all, when they come in to share that they have been hired."

Get to know Kristy...

  • With all the challenges and frustrations working in the field of education, what drives you to remain working in it? Each student comes to IntelliTec with their own story. Some face really difficult challenges in their stories, but when they walk across the stage to receive their diploma, it's a true celebration. They not only overcame their story, but beat it with their success.
  • What advice would you offer prospective students? Starting today be selfish. Think about what you want in life and go after it. Never give up because your career should be something you love, and isn't that worth fighting for? To have the ability to do what you love?
  • What life or career advice would you offer to students about to graduate? Don't sell yourself short. Receiving a college degree or certificate is only a stepping-stone to what the future may hold.
  • Share something unique about yourself you believe might help a student get to know you outside of school. I enjoy spending time with my family and doing a variety of activities including playing games, competing in lots of different sports, and watching movies.
Next Classes Start: Monday, Aug. 22  
Call: 1-800-748-2282

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