In this role, Helford will offer career strategies and professional development to students. His efforts will include working to expand access to the career center and help students form a network by assisting with alumni mentorships and expanding internship and externship opportunities. Additionally, he will help students develop communication skills in professional settings and more actively consider their purpose and direction as they work toward their degrees.
Helford comes to Pitt–Bradford following a decade spent working in prisons, where he helped men transition from solitary confinement to the general population and from prison to the community. A sociologist with a bachelor’s degree in animal sciences from the University of Kentucky and master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology from Loyola University Chicago, Helford taught academically for 10 years.