About Us - Career Connections Center at Westmoreland

About the Career Connections Center

Core Purpose

To assist students with exploring career/major options, developing their career readiness skills, and connecting them to internship and employment opportunities.

Vision Statement

Implementing best practices and resources to deliver student-centered services. Integrating work-based learning and development of career readiness skills to promote student success. This is accomplished through working collaboratively with students, alumni, employers/partners, faculty, staff, and administrators.

Mission Statement

To educate and empower students through the process of self-discovery, exploration, and professional development as they prepare for career success in the global workforce.

Value Statement

The Career Connections Center promotes the values of Westmoreland County Community College:

Teaching and Learning: We are committed to excellent instruction and lifelong learning that integrates Career Preparation through work based learning strategies such as in class and online internship orientation and workshops.

Innovation and Creativity: We are committed to creativity, new ideas and the advancement of art, culture and technology through tailored internships, Community of Learning Exhibitions and other Career Preparation initiatives.

Equity and Inclusion: We are committed to educational and workplace environments where all are treated with dignity and respect, enabling students to gain insight into different professions and workplaces through career awareness, job shadows, internships/practicums and ongoing training in their work sites.

Collaboration and Teamwork: We are committed to cooperation within our college and to strong relationships with employers, school districts and other community partners to promote career readiness.

Accountability and Integrity: We are committed to high, ethical educational and Work Based Learning standards.

Social Responsibility and Stewardship: We are committed to principles of service and good citizenship that promotes career readiness and preparation fit for the current employment market.

The Team

  • Diane Metz, M.Ed - Coordinator, Career Connections Center
  • Samantha Gouldner, AAS - Career Connector
  • Donna Long, AAS - Technician

Contact Us

Youngwood (Student Achievement Center 850 & 855)


Diane Metz, M.Ed - Coordinator, Career Connections Center

metzd@westmoreland.edu or call 724-925-4167

Donna Long, AAS - Technician

longd@westmoreland.edu or call 724-925-4054

Sam Gouldner, AAS - Career Connector: 

gouldners@westmoreland.edu or call 724-925-4278

Office Hours:  Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Friday 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-5 p.m.

If you need a later appointment than 4:30 p.m., please call to schedule. You can also submit your questions to us anytime through StandOut, or request to meet virtually through Google Hangouts.