Bill Stec is dedicated to serving students, alumni and employers as the interim director of Career Services at Saginaw Valley State University. His exceptional dedication and work ethic has earned him a statewide honor.
Stec was selected as the 2018-2019 Career Services Professional of the Year at the Michigan Career Educator and Employer Alliance. The award was announced at the group’s annual conference in Kalamazoo Thursday, June 13.
Stec said the award shows the impact Career Services makes on SVSU students and alumni.
“We want our students to succeed,” Stec said. “We are going above and beyond to make sure we can give our students these opportunities and this award represents the return on investment that we are putting in for our students.”
The Michigan Career Educator and Employer Alliance's mission is to promote career potential within Michigan through relationships among employers, colleges and universities. The group includes public and private universities, colleges and community colleges across the state. Each year, the alliance presents its Employer of the Year Award, Don Hunt Service Award, and Career Services Professional Award. This is the first time SVSU has been awarded.
Stec joined the SVSU Career Services office in 2014 and has demonstrated a passion and dedication to building partnerships with employers and changing the lives of students and alumni. He has served as interim director for nearly a year since Mike Major, director, who serves in the U.S. Navy Reserves, was asked to teach at the U.S. Naval Academy in Maryland.
Stec hopes his individual honor will encourage students, alumni and employers to further utilize opportunities through SVSU Career Services.
“Even if you know the direction you want to take or unsure of that direction, we can help at any level,” said Stec. “The world is there for you, you just have to figure out the passion. We can place you and introduce you to the people we know all over.”
Stec served as the Michigan Career Educator and Employer Alliance conference co-chair in 2016, and is a past president of the executive board. He completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees at SVSU.