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Center for Career Education & Community Engagement

California State University, Bakersfield
54 CAF
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1022
Telephone: (661) 654-3033
Fax: (661) 654-3345

Email the CECE at career@csub.edu

Visit our office at 54CAF, located next to the Runner Cafe

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Students may schedule an appointment with the counseling staff using Handshake.

Director

Markel Quarles
Director
Phone 661-654-3033
E-mail mquarles1@csub.edu

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Dr. Markel Quarles has worked in higher education for 20 years serving in administrative, teaching, and student services capacities. He has been an invited speaker for national and statewide events and has facilitated numerous trainings and workshops on topics including student success, career development, employer recruitment, and cross-generational leadership. He has also been part of leadership efforts both nationally and locally to impact college access, student success, career readiness, and community engagement. Dr. Quarles is an American Council on Education Fellow and an Executive Leadership Academy Fellow.

At CSUB, Dr. Quarles serves as the director for the Center for Career Education and Community Engagement. In his role, he provides leadership and oversight over the following program areas: career development, employer recruitment, internships, service learning, and community engagement.

Dr. Quarles earned his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he was his program's first-ever Graduate Opportunity Fellow. He holds Master's and Bachelor's degrees from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo, where he played football. Dr. Quarles and his wife, Theressa live in Bakersfield, have five adult children, and three grandchildren.


Assistant Director

Katrina Gilmore
Assistant Director
Phone 661-654-3330
E-mail kgilmore2@csub.edu

Career Counselors

Diane Allford
Career Counselor
Phone 661-654-3034
E-mail dallford@csub.edu

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Diane earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Southern California, and is currently working towards her Master of Science in Educational Counseling degree at CSU Bakersfield. She works directly with students on all facets of Career Planning, and collaborates closely with faculty members to coordinate classroom projects related to career development. Previously, Diane worked for many years as a Customer Service Manager for QANTAS Airways, and within recruitment and administration for the CSUB Social Work Program. She has also served as a volunteer for several Non-Profit organizations in the Bakersfield community.

Janet Rivera
Career Counselor
Phone 661-654-6544
E-mail jrivera8@csub.edu

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Janet Rivera earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from CSUB.  She started working for CECE in 2014.  Over the years, while working with ACS, BPA, and ASI, she has worked closely with students, staff, and faculty.  As a Career Counselor, she works closely with Students and Alumni in providing Career Development and Job Search Counseling as well as collaborates with faculty members to implement career features to their program.

Employer Relations Coordinator

Jill Lackey
Employer Relations Coordinator
Phone 661-654-2116
E-mail jlackey4@csub.edu

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Jill brings over 7 years’ experience in full cycle recruitment and relationship development throughout corporate, private, and nonprofit sectors. In her role, she cultivates recruiting relationships with employers to deliver internship and career opportunities for CSUB students. Jill holds a Master’s degree in Educational Counseling with a concentration in Student Affairs and completed her undergraduate degree in 2010 with emphases in Public Relations and Sports Management.


Administrative Coordinator

Kathy Velguth
Administrative Support Coordinator
Phone 661-654-3035
E-mail kvelguth@csub.edu

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Kathy has been with the Career Center at CSUB for many years. She provides administrative support to the Career Center staff and enjoys interacting with students and employers and directing them to the appropriate staff member for assistance with all their job search and employment needs. Kathy administers the budget for the department and serves as the primary recruitment coordinator responsible for facilitating on-campus interviews, information sessions and activities related to company visits.

Administrative Assistant

JulieAnna Juarez
Administrative Support Assistant
Phone 661-654-3033
E-mail jjuarez4@csub.edu

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JulieAnna Juarez earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration from CSUB in June of 2009. She has been working in Higher Education for over 8 years. She join the CECE team in 2018.  Over the years she has worked closely with students, staff. faculty, and the community.  JulieAnna has taken the responsibility in coordinating the Career events. She interacts with students and the community on a daily basis assisting them with their questions and assisting them with Handshake.