Interim Director of Career Services Bill Stec received the 2018-2019 Michigan Career Services Professional of the Year award.
This award was given by the Michigan Career Educator and Employer Alliance at the state annual conference. Stec received four nominations for the award, made it to the final four and was unanimously decided upon to win.
Stec said he was humbled and shocked to have received this award.
“It is pretty cool to see that work is noticed,” Stec said. “It all comes down to the fact that I do this for the students and alumni. I want to see that their dreams are fulfilled.”
Interim Associate Director of Career Services Tom Barnikow has never met anyone who is as dedicated to student success and student engagement as Stec.
“His mental wheels are constantly turning as he thinks about what it will take to get more students utilizing the resources that we make available in the Career Services office,” Barnikow said. “There are always new ideas that he has for getting students to interact with our office, and once the students actually step through our doors, he is there to help them in whatever way that he can.”
Graduate Assistant of Career Services Amy Smith agrees that Stec is extremely dedicated to the students.
“Bill’s constant willingness to help and his passion for SVSU students and alumni make him an incredible adviser and one of my personal mentors,” Smith said. “He constantly strives to better each and every student and alumni he meets with. Devotion like that is hard to come by.”
Both Barnikow and Smith believe that Stec received the award due to his constant hard work and the connections he has built.
“Employers and Career Services professionals from around the state recognize everything that Bill has been able to accomplish in the five years that he has worked in the SVSU Career Services office,” Barnikow said. “It is a testament to Bill’s accomplishments that his professional peers are able to recognize the significant contributions that Bill has made to both the SVSU campus community and the higher education industry within the state of Michigan.”
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