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About Us

Located in McCabe Hall, the Center for Creativity & Careers emphasizes the connections between liberal education and careers and between Coe College and our region, known as the Creative Corridor. Through programming including internships, grants, experiential learning opportunities, sponsored visits from entrepreneurs and innovators, and expansive partnerships with local businesses, arts organizations, and nonprofits, students explore career options associated with all areas of study. The Center for Creativity and Careers focuses on the concept of creativity—the key to innovation in the arts, technology, and business—and students become equipped to demonstrate to employers and graduate schools the value of critical thinking, communication, independent research, and integrative learning that are the hallmarks of their liberal arts experience. The Center for Creativity and Careers expands Coe's connections with regional alumni and leaders of businesses and other organizations in order to assist students with planning and carrying out projects, forming professional networks, and putting their Coe experiences to work in the wider world.

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday:
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Walk-In Hours:

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday:
2-4 p.m.
or call 319-399-8581 for an appointment

Staff Contacts

Joe Demarest

Joe Demarest
Internship Specialist

Joe works with students to more directly connect with internship opportunities and provide support during the process. He collaborates with faculty to develop clearer expectations and processes for internships on campus. Joe is responsible for business outreach to develop new internship opportunities for Coe students.

Barb Tupper

Barb Tupper
Director, External Partnerships & Annual Giving

Barb provides 1:1 assistance to students for job searching, networking, graduate schools and interviewing. Barb also provides outreach to employers, alumni and other external partners.

Nanci Young

Nanci Young
Career Advisor & Coordinator

Nanci provides 1:1 assistance to students for job searching, networking, graduate schools and interviewing.  She co-manages the Alumni Mentor Program (AMP) engaging Coe alumni to connect with current students.

Carrie Bettcher

Carrie Bettcher
Career Advisor