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Career Development Counselors

Dolores Ciaccio, M.A., M.B.A.
Director, Career Development

Dolores serves as the Director of Career Development within the Nexus Center, where students are assisted with strategies to maximize their career goals from the time they enter Farmingdale until graduation. Career assistance is also available to alumni. The Nexus Center provides one-to-one career counseling, career assessments, assistance with the use of social media for job search, group workshops on career issues, job fairs as well as other career-related, campus-wide events.

Dolores holds a Master of Arts Degree in Education and a Master of Business Administration Degree in Management. She also holds a Professional Certificate in Adult Career and Life Planning from NYU and is a Master Practitioner in the administration and evaluation of the renowned Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), a widely-used career assessment that assists individuals in finding best-fit careers. She is a past-president of the Western Suffolk Counselors Association and a frequent presenter of workshops on career issues at conferences in the Metro New York area.


Cheryl Stratigos, M.Ed., NCC, CCC, BC-HSP
Career Counselor

Cheryl meets with students and alumni through all stages of their career planning and development. She assists students in identifying and exploring career choices through career assessment and career research. Cheryl is available to assist with cover letters, resumes, networking skills, LinkedIn and interview preparation. She facilitates a variety of career development workshops on topics including LinkedIn, resume writing, career planning and interviewing skills. 

Cheryl holds a Master's Degree in Counseling, as well as a Specialized Certificate in College Counseling from University of California San Diego. Cheryl holds the following credentials: National Certified Counselor, Certified Career Counselor, Career Development Facilitator Instructor and eLearning Trainer and Certified Career Services Provider from the National Career Development Association (NCDA), MBTI-Certified Practitioner (Step I and II), Strong Interest Inventory Certification and Board-Certified Human Services Practitioner. 


Lauren Jorgensen, M.Ed.
Applied Learning Counselor

Lauren meets with students for career planning and applied learning assistance. Any students looking for help finding an internship and other applied learning opportunities are referred to Lauren. She is also available to assist with resumes, cover letters, career development trajectories, LinkedIn profile development, and preparation for credit-bearing and non-credit-bearing internships.

Lauren holds a Master of Arts Degree in Psychological Counseling as well as a Master of Education Degree in School Counseling. As such, she is a certified School Counselor in the State of New York. She is also a member of the New York State Career Development Association (NYSCDA) and the National Career Development Association (NCDA), and played a role in rolling out the first credit-bearing College Counseling course at Teachers College.

In addition, Lauren has experience working with low-income and first-generation students, as well as all-women's, special education, and faith-based communities. She strives towards a multicultural competency framework.


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