Employer and Recruiter Services

Thank you for your interest in recruiting TC3 talent! Tompkins Cortland Community College prepares students with various backgrounds and experiences for in-demand occupations through more than 40 degree and certificate programs, as well as 12 microcredential programs.

Many of our students, both traditional-age and adult learners with professional experience, plan to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation, while others transfer to four-year institutions. While they are enrolled at TC3, our students engage in meaningful education and develop the skills they need to succeed after college.

We look forward to connecting you with our students and alumni to help fulfill your recruiting needs.

Are you an employer interested in having a College representative come talk to your employees about microcredentials, certificates, and degree programs available at TC3? Let us know!

Regional Employer Conference

Expanding Talent Pipelines Through Inclusive Hiring and Retention Practices
Friday, June 10, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET | Tompkins Cortland Community College | Free 

Does your organization need some help creating a healthy and diverse talent pipeline? Are you struggling to retain diverse talent? Take the first step in making a change! Attend this half-day conference to learn about inclusive hiring practices related to specific marginalized populations, as well as how to effectively shift your organization’s culture to create an inclusive environment, necessary for retaining strong talent. The event features a keynote speaker, Ethical Hiring Practices panel, and breakout sessions offered by professionals in HR, DEI, Veteran relations, human services, and workforce development. Breakout sessions include Creating an Anti-Racist Workplace and hiring and retention practices related to specific populations (including, LGBTQA+, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and individuals transitioning from the prison system). Join us to engage in lively presentations and to learn about regional resources available to your organization. Registration is required. Early registration is encouraged. 

Sponsored by Tompkins Cortland BIZ, Tompkins Workforce NY, Cortland Works Career Center, Cortland Area Chamber of Commerce, Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, and SUNY Cortland Career Services. 

Topics and Schedule: 

  • 8:30 a.m. – Keynote – Nicole Smart, Founder and Principal, Smart EDI Solutions LLC
  • 9:40 – 10:30 a.m. – Recruiting and Retaining LGBTQA+ Employees – Sam Adams, Program Coordinator, Cortland LGBTQ Center  
  • 9:40 – 10:30 a.m. – Engaging Post-incarcerated Individuals – Deb Dietrich, Executive Director, OAR  
  • 9:40 – 10:30 a.m. – Employment for Individuals with Disabilities or Barriers – Michele Gravel, Senior Director of Employment and Rehabilitation Services, JM Murray  
  • 10:40 – 11:30 a.m. – Recruiting and Hiring Veterans – James Wilkes, IBM Global Business Services 
  • 10:40 – 11:30 a.m. – Creating an Anti-Racist Workplace – Belisa Gonzalez, professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity at Ithaca College  
  • 10:40 – 11:30 a.m. – Recruiting Professionals with Disabilities and Inclusive Accommodation Practices – Ellice Switzer, Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability; John Robinson, CEO, Our Ability  
  • 11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Ethical Hiring Practices in Tumultuous Times – HR and DEI panel   
    • Emiley Gammella, Sr. Human Resources Representative, Pepsico  
    • Leon Holden, HR Director of Ithaca Neighborhood Housing 
    • Krystal Kinney, Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Pathways 
    • Lorraine Lopez-Janove, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, SUNY Cortland 
    • Seth Thompson, Associate Vice President of Student Services and Senior Diversity Officer, Tompkins Cortland Community College  

Posting Jobs, Internships, and Volunteer Opportunities

Tompkins Cortland Community College uses Handshake to disseminate employment and experiential learning opportunities to students and alumni. Through Handshake you can:

  • Post opportunities for free for TC3 students and alumni, as well as any other college or university that uses Handshake, all in one place
  • Register for job fairs and other career events
  • Host virtual info sessions and workshops
  • Schedule and host remote interviews
  • Educate students about your organization through your robust employer profile

To get started on Handshake, you must:

Recruiting Activities

We encourage our employer partners to have regular involvement with the College in order to enhance brand awareness amongst our students and alumni. Here are some recruiting options we would be happy to explore with you:

  • Info sessions
  • Coffee chats/Office hours
  • Virtual interviews
  • Networking events
  • Industry-based job & internship fairs
  • Tabling on campus

*Please note that due to COVID-19, some recruiting activities will be offered remotely or may not available until further notice. Please contact us for more information. 

Internship Recruiting and Hiring Timelines

Internships are an excellent way to create a robust talent pipeline for your organization. If you're interested in hosting TC3 students as interns throughout the year, please adhere to the following posting schedule to have the best chance of finding interns. This timeline is especially important for students who are seeking to earn credit for their experience. 

  • Spring Internships
    • Post opportunities by October 1
    • Set application deadlines as October 31
    • Interview and make offers by November 15
    • Start internship according to student's academic timeline (first or second week of the semester)
  • Summer Internships
    • Post opportunities by February 1
    • Set application deadlines as February 28
    • Interview and make offers by March 15
    • Start internship according to student's academic timeline (after the end of the Spring semester)
  • Fall Internships
    • Post opportunities by March 1
    • Set application deadlines as March 31
    • Interview and make offers by April 15
    • Start internship according to student's academic timeline (first or second week of the semester)

Other Ways to Engage

While internships are a fantastic way to engage students, there are many other options as well! Consider the opportunities below and contact Dara Riegel to discuss your options.

  • Mentorship opportunities
  • Professional development workshops
  • Classroom projects
  • Practice interviews
  • Service projects
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Shadowing
  • Informational interviews
  • Industry/sector panels
  • Employer visits
  • Sponsoring events and activities
  • Classroom visits (upon faculty approval)

Employer Guidelines

Employers must follow Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recruitment and employment laws, applicable federal and NY state labor laws, as well as the Department of Education’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Additionally, Tompkins Cortland Community College adheres to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Principles for Professional Practice and Professional Standards for University Relations and Recruiting.

Contact Us

Dara Riegel
Assistant Director of Employer Relations and Experiential Learning
BIZ | Workforce and Employer Partnerships
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Office hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.