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STAC Welcomes Shannon Hargrove, Director of Experiential Learning

Mar 04, 2021

STAC Welcomes Shannon Hargrove, Director of Experiential Learning

St. Thomas Aquinas College is pleased to welcome Shannon Hargrove to the expanding Career Services team, where she will lead the College’s Experiential Learning program.

Shannon is an accomplished career development professional with 10 years of dynamic higher education experience including strategic planning, along with employer, alumni, and faculty relations, curriculum development, career services technology, and career coaching. 

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the State University of New York at Albany and a Master of Science in Career Development from the College of New Rochelle. She began her career in Rockland County real estate working for top-producing agents and as a Transaction Coordinator. In that role, she saw a need to offer training to the agents on the new platforms that were emerging (LinkedIn, Zillow, and more). In developing and delivering these training sessions, Shannon realized she loved helping people and specifically helping them take steps to improve their business and careers.

That’s when she decided to pursue a Master's Degree in Career Development and never looked back! Transitioning into the higher education sphere, Shannon gained experience as the Director of Center for Career Development at Manhattanville College and more recently the Director of Career Education and Operations at Mercy College. Her experiences are diverse and include working with both adults and traditional college-aged students in colleges and vocational programs, spanning many disciplines. Shannon has also taught in the classroom, developing a first-year course at Manhattanville College and returning to her graduate program and teaching courses at the College of New Rochelle.

In her new position at STAC, Shannon will concentrate on solidifying partnerships with companies and organizations so that STAC students can gain experiential learning opportunities. She has led professional resume writing workshops and career coaching for organizations and private clients and will share her expertise when working alongside STAC students.

Executive in Residence, Jacques Tortoroli and Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Student Career Services, expressed, “We are delighted to have Shannon join our team. Shannon brings a deep experience in experiential learning, employer relations and collaboration with Faculty and Staff in providing deeper and wider opportunities for our Students while here, and as they start their careers post-graduation.”

Of all her experiences, the roles she has enjoyed the most are those where she connected students to opportunities and built systems that improve student, faculty, and employer experiences within the career and experiential learning space. It thrills her to join the STAC family and to be a part of the College’s next chapter.

STAC's Director of Experiential Leaning, Shannon Hargrove, wearing royal blue suit jacket. Green shrubs in background

St. Thomas Aquinas College is pleased to welcome Shannon Hargrove to the expanding Career Services team, where she will lead the College’s Experiential Learning program.

Shannon is an accomplished career development professional with 10 years of dynamic higher education experience including strategic planning, along with employer, alumni, and faculty relations, curriculum development, career services technology, and career coaching. 

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the State University of New York at Albany and a Master of Science in Career Development from the College of New Rochelle. She began her career in Rockland County real estate working for top-producing agents and as a Transaction Coordinator. In that role, she saw a need to offer training to the agents on the new platforms that were emerging (LinkedIn, Zillow, and more). In developing and delivering these training sessions, Shannon realized she loved helping people and specifically helping them take steps to improve their business and careers.

That’s when she decided to pursue a Master's Degree in Career Development and never looked back! Transitioning into the higher education sphere, Shannon gained experience as the Director of Center for Career Development at Manhattanville College and more recently the Director of Career Education and Operations at Mercy College. Her experiences are diverse and include working with both adults and traditional college-aged students in colleges and vocational programs, spanning many disciplines. Shannon has also taught in the classroom, developing a first-year course at Manhattanville College and returning to her graduate program and teaching courses at the College of New Rochelle.

In her new position at STAC, Shannon will concentrate on solidifying partnerships with companies and organizations so that STAC students can gain experiential learning opportunities. She has led professional resume writing workshops and career coaching for organizations and private clients and will share her expertise when working alongside STAC students.

Executive in Residence, Jacques Tortoroli and Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Student Career Services, expressed, “We are delighted to have Shannon join our team. Shannon brings a deep experience in experiential learning, employer relations and collaboration with Faculty and Staff in providing deeper and wider opportunities for our Students while here, and as they start their careers post-graduation.”

Of all her experiences, the roles she has enjoyed the most are those where she connected students to opportunities and built systems that improve student, faculty, and employer experiences within the career and experiential learning space. It thrills her to join the STAC family and to be a part of the College’s next chapter.

For more information, please contact Annie Lombardi at 845.398.4016 or [email protected]
 

St. Thomas Aquinas College is an independent liberal arts college located on 60 acres in Rockland County, NY, which provides education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The College’s approximately 2,000 full and part time students can choose from more than 100 different majors, minors, specializations, and dual degree programs across three Schools: Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education. The College is recognized by U.S. News & World Report in the Top-Tier for Regional Universities, by Colleges of Distinction in both its New York and Catholic editions, by Affordable Colleges Online as a top College in New York for Return on Investment, and is included as a Military Friendly School®. St. Thomas Aquinas College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; its School of Education is a candidate for accreditation by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP); and its School of Business is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). For more information, visit www.stac.edu.