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Joy Capers

Assistant Director | Hokie Mentorship Connect Program Coordinator

Originally from South Carolina, Joy joined the Career and Professional Development team in fall 2018. Prior to her role at Virginia Tech, she enjoyed working for the state of South Carolina in various workforce development and employment services roles. During her tenure she enjoyed helping underserved populations navigate career development and workforce training opportunities. Joy joined Virginia Tech because it allowed her to combine her passions of working with students and creating mentorship programming on a larger scale. She identifies as a first-generation student and enjoys being both an advocate and liaison for first-generation student services. Through one-on-one advising appointments or virtual presentations, Joy is available to assist students with the following areas: resume writing, cover letter writing, interviewing skills, career/major exploration, self-development assessments, internship/co-op search, navigating the job search process, mentorship, networking skills and career fair preparation. She enjoys working with campus partners such as the Office of First-Generation Student Support and the College Access Collaborative to provide career and mentorship programming to students both near and far.

Key responsibilities

  • Hokie Mentorship Connect Program Coordinator
  • Liaison to First-Generation Students
  • Mentorship Coordinators Network Facilitator
  • Career Advisor
  • College Access Collaborative Liaison

Education

Master of Arts, Management and Leadership & Human Resources Management
Webster University

Bachelor of Arts, Communications, Minor Sociology
Charleston Southern University

Professional affiliations and certifications

  • Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP)
  • Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) Certification
  • National Career Development Association (NCDA) Member
  • Service Year Alliance (formerly AmeriCorps Alums)
  • North Carolina Career Development Association (NCCDA) Member
  • Coalition of Minority Leaders in Higher Education (COML) Member