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MCC Launches New Career Search Tool for Students, Residents

[Friday, October 13, 2017]

McHenry County College (MCC) students and community members have a new opportunity for exploring career options and job hunting with MCC’s Career Coach, a new career-search tool offered through the MCC Career Services Department.

Career Coach allows individuals to complete a personal interest assessment that then links users to not only career options, but educational opportunities, earning potential, job outlook and recent job postings. Career Coach users have the opportunity to build a resume and download it to job sites such as Career Builder or

Daniel Ortego, Career Services coordinator at MCC launched the new user-friendly career search tool this month for students, alumni and community residents to achieve the best options possible for career success.

“I’ve been in career service for 14 years, and I like this tool, because it uses an assessment and links careers to the educational opportunities that McHenry County College offers, including certificate programs or associate degrees,” Ortego said.

The program also links to job postings in geographic areas extending into the greater Chicago area and even into Wisconsin.

Ortego also is rebranding MCC’s internal job posting site, now called Hire a Scot, which lists jobs that employers from the area post on the MCC site. Students, alumni, and community members open an account on the site, and postings include internships, part-time and full-time jobs. “It’s like Career Builder or, but it’s regional,” Ortego said. 


Other career services for students and community members include one-on-one appointments with a career coach to cover goals and practice interviews and search strategies, four career development workshops scheduled during the fall semester, and a career fair Nov. 7 with local and regional employers.

“We’re always eager to have companies come on campus for information tables,” Ortego said. “It’s a great opportunity for our students and companies to meet each other. We’re trying to instill in students the value of gaining experience in their career areas through internships, jobs, and apprenticeships. It aligns with what they’re doing here at MCC.”

For more information on Career Coach or Hire a Scot, visit or contact Ortego at or call (815) 455-8576.


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