Krysti O’Rourke – Director of Career Services
For over 14 years, Krysti O’Rourke has been the Director of Career Services for Five Towns College. “I feel honored to be a part of this institution. Five Towns College is a creative community of professionals-the students, faculty, and staff, alike.”
Krysti O’Rourke has been working in higher education for about 30 years. Besides her experience in career services, she has worked in training and employment, community -based research projects, and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in computer & research applications.
Krysti and her colleague, Associate Director, Ryan Schimmenti, work with students and alumni on all phases of professional development as they prepare for internships, work-related experiences, and jobs. They plan many events that prepare college students for the working world. In addition, they plan programs that enable students to learn about industry-specific opportunities from seasoned professionals.
Five Towns College, established in 1972, is a private college located in suburban Dix Hills with four residence halls. Five Towns College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and NCATE accredits its Music Education program. It is authorized by the NYS Education Department to confer Associate, Bachelor, Master and Doctorate in Musical Arts degrees.
While known in its early years as a School for Music, the College has reemerged in the 21st century with academic programs for creative college students that have technology at the core. In fact, the Film/Video, Interactive Computer Graphics, Jazz/Commercial Music, Mass Communication, Music Education and Theatre Arts Divisions have new and updated equipment, showcased new and emerging technology, exemplified the use of digital platforms that focus on audio, and more. A renovated radio station, WFTU, and television production studios have expanded as has the theatrical design and technology concentration. Overall, the College has experienced technological advances and the addition of a solid athletics program has taken things to new levels.
As Krysti O’Rourke has been saying all of these years, “Students are not numbers at Five Towns College; they have names and we remember them – in the hallways, in the classrooms —and after they graduate!”