Welcome to the DSU Career Center

The Career Center is located on the 5th floor of the Holland Commons Building, Room 523. The DSU Career Center offers comprehensive career services to students, alumni, and the community when choosing a major, identifying a career and/or seeking employment. Our staff can assist you in maximizing career opportunities. The Career Center specializes in career assessment, defining career goals, resume and cover letter review, interview skills, preparing for employment, and creating and implementing job search plans. The Center also provides students with graduate school information. Additionally, the Career Center works with employers to develop internships and job opportunities. Internships have proven to be one of the best ways to gain experience and connect with employers. Connecting students and employers develops relationships that insure quality experiences. No matter where you find yourself in the search process, the Career Center has resources available to help you achieve your goals. We invite you to come and take advantage of our services free of charge.

Our Staff

steve bringhurst

Executive Director

As the Executive Director, Steve brings over 20 years of experience, in higher education management, to the Career Center. He believes the Career Center is a key contributor towards the success of Dixie State University students. The Career Center connects students with employers in a variety of ways including Fairs, Career Innovation Lab, Corporate Night and Career Conversations. The Career Center is focused on providing “Real World” work experience through Co-op and internships. Steve has a Bachelor’s degree, in Communications (minor in PE), from SUU and a Master’s degree, in Communications, from BYU. He has served as a Dean and successfully directed entrepreneurial programs while at DSU.

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ali threet

Director of Career Services

Ali Threet was raised in Price, UT and moved to Southern Utah for her Undergraduate from Southern Utah University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Interpersonal Communication. Throughout her career, she has been able to work for Dixie State University and Southern Utah University in their Athletic departments recruiting and interacting Corporate Sponsors and Booster Club members. However, she found her true calling after completing her Master’s Degree in Educational Counseling from the University of Phoenix. She has experience counseling high school students and college students and is passionate about assisting students with self-discovery and career exploration. She excels at helping students make connections and build their network. Ali enjoys spending time with her husband and three sons and doing anything outdoors. Her favorite place to be is in the mountains.

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shane blocker

Assistant Director of Employer Relations and Internships

Shane was born and raised in Orem, UT. He attended Dixie State University and received a Bachelor’s degree in Human Communication. After a year of career exploration, he came back to his passion for student services. Shane’s main goal is to connect employers and students with meaningful internships. These meaningful internships provide students with experience that is vital for both future employment and graduate level education. Shane is an avid golfer and loves to eat food more than anything. If you can talk food of any kind, you’ll be on his good side. He looks forward to providing students with quality internships.

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Jo Hickman

Director, Cooperative Education

Jo was born in Guyana, South America and grew up in Canada before moving to Washington, California and Utah State. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Toronto, a graduate degree in Management, and an Executive MBA from Athabasca University. Throughout her career she has worked in finance and marketing for large public and private organizations. Jo previously worked at Dixie State University in Human Resources, recruiting faculty and full-time staff. She is excited to utilize her experience in the business world, to help students gain practical experience in the workforce as they gain academic credit and work with professionals in their field. Jo enjoys photography, riding motorcycles, learning and discovering new adventures , hiking, climbing, gourding, quilting, travelling and everything outdoors.

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andrew skaggs

Career Advisor

The highlight of Andrew’s day is working with our wonderful Dixie State University students so they can have greater success in meeting their goals. This can include assisting in employment searches with access to many different electronic job resources, resume and cover letter writing, mock interviewing, and personal presentation and appearance. Andrew conducts resume reviews throughout the year and maintains the degreed employment job board for Utah’s universities.

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David Murphy

Career Counselor

David was born and raised in Nashville, TN. As a nationally certified counselor, David has a master’s degree in counseling and career development. With a background in recruiting, David enjoys helping students understand the mindset of employers when reviewing resumes or conducting interviews. David is passionate about assisting students with the process of increasing self-awareness, identifying career goals, and developing a plan to accomplish those goals. David’s interests include eating delicious food, surviving the zombie apocalypse (i.e. Walking Dead), and exploring the great outdoors through hiking, trail running, backpacking, etc.

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Student Employment Specialist

Cheryl brings her passion for helping others to the Career Center through meeting with students to maximize their employment opportunities. By keeping the employment board current with as many meaningful jobs as possible, she is able to help students not only earn money, but determine if they are indeed on the correct path for their careers. She enjoys the energy that DSU students bring with them each and every day to the Career Center.

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