York College Center for Professional Excellence

Center for Professional Excellence

A lack of professionalism can overshadow all the great experience you have on your résumé when you graduate. The center gives you the tools and professional polish to make you a poised, well-spoken, quality job applicant and employee.

No matter your career path, we strongly believe that professionalism matters. Prospective employers have told us again and again that graduates who show professionalism stand out — and that York College students are the ones who are shining.

Our work has been showcased at a national level in media such as The Wall Street Journal, CNN, and USA Today. Take advantage of our campus events and resources. You’ll be glad you do when you’re face-to-face with an interviewer!

Student Senate leaders 2015-16 at York College
Our Student Senate leaders set a high bar for professionalism on campus and off.
Interview advice, presented by York College's Center for Professional Excellence. Download a transcript of this video.

Professionalism corner The Interview: Do's and Dont's

What small mistakes are you making for an interview that are holding you back? Find out what you can do to improve your chances of being hired.

Our professionalism reports

National studies. Workplace insight. Preparing you for tomorrow's career.

Our highly-respected and publicized research on professionalism in the workplace is an asset you can take advantage of today. How? By avoiding the mistakes of others, reading what employers like and don't like in job candidates, and taking serious consideration of what you may be doing to prevent future success. 

Check our out National Professionalism Study for the full scope of what we do — it's caught the eye of media outlets around the country.

A snippet of York College Center for Professional Excellence infographic on workplace professionalism
Our professionalism infographic gives you a look at what has real employers shaking their heads — and what you can do to address it before you walk into that next interview.

About Us

  • About Us

    About the Center for Professional Excellence

    While at York College, the Center for Professional Excellence helps students work to cultivate the behaviors needed for academic and professional success via the following avenues:
    Campus Seminars: Topics such as “Multitasking Is a Myth,” “Excelling at Your First Semester” and “Accepting Criticism Can Make You a Better Student” highlight these highly-focused professional development events for students.

    Classroom Experiences: We take it an extra step by working with faculty and staff to weave in professionalism into our curriculum. Topics include “Mastering the Art of Small Talk,” “Presenting with Power,” “Building Your Personal Brand” and more.

    Student Workshops: Professionalism is needed before you graduate, too. We help students elevate their interpersonal skills to improve their relationships in clubs and organizations. “Creating Memorable Impressions,” “Moving from Good to Great,” and “Unlocking the Personality Puzzle” are a few memorable topics.

  • In the News

    In the News

    The Center for Professional Excellence regularly appears in the media as a thought leader on a range of topics including professional development, leadership, interpersonal skills, and anything else that helps college grads navigate the workplace terrain.  

    For media requests, including interviews and quotes, please contact cpe@ycp.edu

    • "5 Things You Should Do The First Week Of Senior Year: | USA Today College
    • "How To Handle Heated Political Discussions In The Office" | Fast Company
    • "Hiring Red Flags: Here’s How You’re Capsizing That Job Interview" | The Street
    • "8 Signs You Just Nailed That Job Interview" | Business Insider
    • "Students, Parents Bet That College Will Pay Off With a Job, Study Finds" | Nerd Wallet
    • "How Long Should I Stay At My First Job?" | Monster
    • "7 Ways Winter Break Can Help You Get A Job" | Huffington Post
    • "The Top 5 Embarrassing Errors To Avoid In Your Job Interview" | Yahoo
    • "How To Avoid Making Any Mistakes During Your Job Interview" | Main Street
    • "The B Word: Why We Should Embrace Being 'Basic' Instead Of Scorning It" | Forbes
    • "5 Ways Boomers Can Play Nice With Millennials At Work‌" | Huffinton Post
    • "6 Tips For Young Professionals Flustered By Small Talk"‌ | Entrepreneur
    • "The Preparedness Gap" | Washington Times
    • "Brian Williams Suspended For It, But Everybody Embellishes" | Associated Press 
    • "The Skills Employers Wish College Grads Had" | Fox Business
    • "The Office Life" | Harrisburg Magazine
    • "How To Help Millennials Fill The Soft Skills Gap" | Monster
    • "Managers To Millennials: Job Interview No Time To Text" | USA Today
    • "Professionalism At Work: The Kids Are Not Alright" | Wall Street Journal
    • "How To (appropriately) Handle Dissent In The Workplace" | USA Today College
    • "In Survey, Professors See A Lack Of Professionalism Among Students" | Chronicle of Higher Education
    • "Pressure Builds For Schools To Help Grads Get Jobs" | USA Today
    • "How To Graduate From College And Go Precisely Nowhere" | U.S. News & World Report
    • "10 Commandments Of Dressing For Work" | CNN
    • "Colleges, HR Experts Wonder: Is Technology Eroding Professionalism?" | SHRM
    • "Study: College Grads Unprepared For Workplace" | NPR
    • "The Best Way To Deliver Bad News To Employees" | Fast Company 
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Contact Us
Center for Professional Excellence
Matthew Randall, Executive Director
Campbell Hall, 238
Phone: 717.815.1534
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.