We put
the hire
into higher

Introducing Jacket Journey, a first-of-its-kind career readiness program structured to prepare Defiance College graduates for competing in the workforce or pursuing advanced degrees.
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A liberal arts-based education from Defiance College prepares graduates for a lifetime of professional possibilities. While most colleges tell seniors how to react when opportunity knocks, we teach students how to open doors for themselves.

Defiance College is the first four-year college to require every student, in every major, to participate in career-readiness programming every year, from matriculation to graduation. Through that unprecedented approach, we are equipping students with the knowledge, experiences, and habits critical to achieving career success.


Our innovative college-to-career action plan prepares DC students to be uniquely competitive in today’s workforce.

Skill objectives include:


    • Professional communication

    • Etiquette

    • Teamwork

    • Critical thinking

    • Ethical decision making

    • Networking

    • Personal branding

Jacket Journey is a campus-wide initiative driven by the four pillars of Defiance College’s mission: To Know, To Understand, To Lead, and To Serve.

To Know

Defiance College works with employers to learn the specific skills that are necessary for their industries—and what skills they anticipate needing in the future. Pre- and post-program assessment data help educators and employers determine how to work together to unite higher education and workforce development.

To Lead

Defiance College is leading the way to bring higher education and industry together to benefit our regional, state, and national economies. We provide a forum where educators and business leaders can articulate their objectives while working together to prepare students for successful entry into the modern workforce.

To Understand

Immersing faculty into business and industry for extended periods helps educators better understand workforce development needs and how they can adjust instruction methods and learning objectives to meet those requirements more effectively.

To Serve

Through our efforts to develop future professionals, Defiance College is serving students, employers, and industries alike. We are responding to the challenges employers are expressing and preparing graduates for existing roles in their fields of study—as well as for careers not yet imagined.

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A Higher Degree

Whether you apply for employment or graduate school, you can apply the career-readiness skills you developed through Jacket Journey in pursuing your next challenge.

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Educators at Work

Faculty members spend up to a month at a time interfacing with business and industry, learning what skills employers need for current and future careers.

The Institute for Career Readiness
is located in the Pilgrim Library.


Mondays-Fridays 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Other hours available by appointment.

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Sally Bissell

Director, Career Development
Office #: Pilgrim Library 214

Tracy Armey

Assistant Director, Career Development
Office #: Pilgrim Library 211

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