Juan and Lisa Jones Center for Career Preparation

Career Center

About Career Development

The Juan and Lisa Jones Center for Career Preparation assists Beacon College students from their freshman year through graduate-level work along their career and professional development journey.

Contact Us

Street Address:
Juan and Lisa Jones Center for Career Preparation
100 West Meadow Street

Phone: 352-638-9808

Email: careercenter@beaconcollege.edu

Monday–Friday: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Visit Us

For appointments:

Handshake app




Career Preparation Center Staff

Melissa Bradley

Melissa Bradley
Director of Center for Career Preparation
Email: mbradley@beaconcollege.edu
Phone: 352-787-1658

Chealsie Curts

Chealsie Curts
Coordinator of Career Advisement
Email: ccurts@beaconcollege.edu
Phone: 352-638-9826 Ext: 226

Jennifer Turton

Jennifer Turton
Career Advisor
Email: jturton@beaconcollege.edu
Phone: 352-638-9808 ext. 155

Career Preparation Services

At Beacon College, students follow the four-year Career Development Model where they learn about their values, strengths, career interests, and work attitudes. The model’s phases engage students in career exploration, options, and job-shadowing experiences. Through this, students explore different occupations in their chosen career field. By the third year, students work on goal setting with timelines, internships/field experiences with performance feedback, and workplace communication. In their senior year, students continue working on internships/field experiences, resume-building, interviewing skills, and job-search strategies. Our model contributes to a successful transition from college to the workplace or graduate school.

The Juan and Lisa Jones Center for Career Preparation provides one-on-one student and alumni services and assistance with:


  • Career fairs and networking events
  • On-campus recruiting
  • Job board listings
  • The GAP Professional Career Closet
  • Transition planning
  • Alumni connections
  • Application to graduate school


Career Immersion Program

The Career Immersion Program (CIP) is a three-week, experiential learning opportunity for up to 40 Beacon students that enables participants to:

  • Develop their professional skills and interests in a highly focused and supportive environment related to their major.
  • Complete Beacon’s 80-hour internship requirement for graduation — without the added pressure and coursework during a traditional school term.

The Getzel, Admire, Professional (GAP) Career Closet

Getzel wardrobe for men and Admire for ladies is a resource for Beacon students that allows students to dress for success for career fairs, interviews, and the workplace.

Visit the Juan and Lisa Jones Center for Career Preparation GAP Closet for career gear such as suits, blazers, skirts, and button-down shirts to help you make a positive lasting impression as you enter the professional world.

The GAP Closet is located at:
Juan and Lisa Jones Center for Career Preparation
100 Meadow Street, Leesburg, FL
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

To visit the GAP Closet, please check-in at the Career Center using the Handshake kiosk.

Clothing Donations:
Acceptable items include full suits, jackets/blazers, professional shirts, slacks, skirts, professional dresses, ties, briefcases, and portfolios. To drop off donations, please call 352-638-9808.
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.