Meet our Staff
As Director of the Career Development and Experiential Learning Center at Norwalk Community College, Kiran provides individual career coaching and advising to students and alumni. She assists with resume and cover letter reviews, job and internship search, mock interviews, major exploration, academic advising and professional networking. Kiran has expertise in hosting signature on-campus events including career expos, career strategy days, guest speaker series, career prep workshops, and presentations. Prior to joining NCC in January 2015, Kiran spent four years at University of Bridgeport’s Center for Career Development building strategic partnerships with regional employers, cultivating internship and job opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students, as well as alumni. In addition, she managed the CPT (Curricular Practical Training)/ internship process for international student population and all employer related programs, including all on-campus recruiting, employer events, recruiting strategies and outreach. She has also worked for seven years in the international financial services industry. Kiran graduated with Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from University of Bridgeport and also holds a Masters in Management Studies, Finance degree from Mumbai University. Besides career development and corporate outreach, Kiran is dedicated to another full-time job as the mother of two little boys. She is also passionate about paper art and would love to travel the world!
As a counselor in the Career Development and Experiential Learning Center Kelly provides advice and support to students and alumni with all aspects of career development including career exploration, resume and cover letter writing, interviewing and networking skills, job search strategies, and internship and job placement.
Prior to joining the Career Development team, Kelly worked in the Counseling Department providing students with academic, personal, and career counseling. She also worked as a Retention Specialist at Middlesex Community College. In this role, Kelly created and implemented programs to improve student success and retention rates.
In addition, Kelly has held several instructional roles. She has taught Public Speaking at Norwalk Community College, Freshman Seminar at Middlesex Community College, and was a Student Development instructor at Manchester Community College.
Kelly earned her Masters of Science degree in Counseling, with a concentration on Student Development in Higher Education from Central Connecticut State University. While there, she earned the Connecticut Counseling Association Outstanding Graduate Student Award. She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations from Eastern Connecticut State University. She is a member of the National Association of College Employers (NACE) and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).
Kelly looks forward to assisting students throughout their career exploration journey and providing them with career tools that will help move their lives forward in a meaningful and successful way.
In the role of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Career Development Specialist, Maria has three goals.
- Create the awareness that ALL students are on a career path—whether that student is getting certified and heading straight into the work world or is completing a 2-year Associate degree or hoping to transfer into a 4-year college experience.
- Develop deeper relationships with local and regional employers by bringing them onto campus more often (virtually as well as in real life), listening to the hiring needs of the employers and connecting students and employers in small group settings to foster strong and reciprocal relationships.
- Assist students with job search strategies—resume writing, interview prep, networking skills— so that they are prepared for all opportunities for meaningful employment.
Maria enjoys working with students. Sharing her own career experiences and preparing them for the “real business world”. Career Services is more than a “check the box” exercise. The student journey through career services runs parallel to their education journey. In her previous position as Career Counselor at UConn Stamford, she helped students connect with internships and watched them graduate into successful full-time roles.
Her business career spanned over 25 years managing large organizations, to include Recruiting and Workplace initiatives at Gartner Inc. This experience is very helpful to students who want to better understand job descriptions and career paths. Also, her many years as part of Fairfield County’s business network has connected her with many employers who are eager to learn more about the NCC Talent Pool.
You may hear directly from Maria as she is working to fill our Internship and Full/Part Time postings on the Job Board.
Courtney Anstett has been at Norwalk Community College (NCC) as the Service-Learning Coordinator since February 2007. Courtney received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Quinnipiac College (University) and a Masters in Science degree in Counseling: College Student Personnel Services from the University of Bridgeport.
Courtney developed the Service-Learning program at NCC. Service-Learning at NCC is the method of integrating classroom lessons with community action. Students complete community service hours for college credit based on their course goals and objectives.
In July 2019, Courtney joined the Career Development and Experiential Learning Center to enhance and expand hands-on experiences in real world settings leading to greater personal satisfaction and professional/career success.
In addition to maintaining the Service-Learning program, Courtney’s role at the College has evolved as society, the community, the college, and the needs of the students have changed to include co-curricular activities, events, and initiatives. These initiatives include Alternative Spring Break, starting and overseeing the NCC Food Pantry and the Interfaith Center and coordinating the Disney College Program. These co-curricular opportunities enhance the Service-Learning program in helping create engaged, well-rounded citizens and students.