Joliet, Ill. – The Career Success Center at the University of St. Francis (USF) prepares students to couple their academic experiences with experiential learning so that they can contribute to the world through service and leadership. The Center’s efforts and impact have garnered positive national attention and has recently been named a 2019-2020 Colleges of Distinction Career Development Office.

The accolade is one of several recently awarded to the USF by Colleges of Distinction. Additional distinctions included Nursing, Business, Education, Catholic, and Overall University.

“We are excited to spotlight already-recognized Colleges of Distinction that are exceeding expectations in the area of career development, equipping students with the self-reflection, job market research, and networking skills needed for their lifelong career journey,” a Colleges of Distinction spokesperson said. 

According to, “Institutions with a Career Development badge not only exhibit high-impact practices in their undergraduate programs, but they also meet further criteria specific to career development and services, such as offering integrated career exploration and preparation, accessible programs and training, and a career-centered staff.”

USF’s individual-centered approach is designed to prepare students for their future through an examination of vocational choice by working with them to learn about their interests and personalities.

“I believe we all have a calling. My mission is to help students find their calling, and then make plans to live it,” Maribeth Hearn, USF Career Success Center Director said.

Students and alumni are offered the Strong Interest Inventory and Clifton StrengthsFinder for Students to assess their individual interests and strengths. The Center then integrates major and career exploration with personalized resume reviews with Kellie Wujek, Professional Career Advisor, and the Center’s Peer Review Advisers. 

“Additionally, we assist with cover letter preparation, mock interviews, personal statements for grad school admission and job /internship search assistance,” Hearn said. “USF also proudly offers the Student Alumni Mentoring Program through the Alumni and Family Relations Office.”

The Center also has a full time Internship and Employer Support specialist, Betty Kohl, who works with businesses and organizations seeking interns and degreed job applicants, and offers a comprehensive four-year plan for students to follow for optimal preparation for the workforce. The plan includes student activities, internship experience, resume preparation and informational interviews. 

The Career Success Center’s services are available to all students and alumni. For more information on the Center, call 815-740-4295 or email

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves over 4,000 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 50,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit

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