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Office of Leadership, Service and Career

About Us


Career development is a life-long process of exploration and decision-making. We, at the Center for Career & Professional Advancement (CCPA) at the University of California, Merced empower students and alumni to reach their full potential by offering services in career development, experiential education, employment and graduate school.

To successfully accomplish this mission, the CCPA continuously fosters partnerships with employers, staff, administration and the greater community.

Our Approach

The Center for Career & Professional Advancement serves a different role than other campus resources. Rather than focus solely on students’ time as undergraduates, we are here to prepare students for life after college. Our philosophy centers around helping students develop the skills and mindset that will make their transition out of college successful, regardless of what their next step entails. We are a partner in each student’s journey.