Counselor, Interim Director of Student Development
Office Location: Founders 121
Emily Canto, career counselor at Middlesex Community College, has spent her professional life assisting students in learning how to be successful in the world of higher education. Currently, she works closely with students to help them define and then move towards career and academic goals.
For some students, Emily uses the resources in the Career Development and Counseling Center to guide them with lengthy career exploration. For others, she facilitates how they determine a transfer path to a four-year program. She also assists with writing resumes and researching employment possibilities. To this end, she maintains relationships and communications with area employers to stay on top of current employment opportunities that may benefit MxCC students and alumni.
Emily hosts group seminars and organizes outside experts to speak on campus to help students become more familiar with the process of preparing for their next step after MxCC. She also serves on several MxCC college committees and select taskforces (NECHE, academic advising, Curriculum and Academic Standards, etc.) to meet specific College objectives, and represents the college on community initiatives.
Prior to joining MxCC in 1998, Emily served as assistant director of career services and as a career counselor at the University of Hartford (West Hartford, Conn.). While there, she counseled undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni on the career decision process and assisted the department with its long-term strategic planning. She also served as part-time academic advisor at the university’s Center for Adult Services, working with the non-traditional student population.
Emily also worked in student services at the University of Rhode Island (Kingston, RI), Bryant College (Smithfield, RI), and Rivier College (Nashua, NH).
During her career, Emily contributed to several key publications. She wrote and updated a popular “Guideline to your Career” series of handouts for the University of Hartford, and she edited and updated Community College Counseling Sourcebook: Strategies for Advising Transfer Students from Experienced Community College Counselors for the College Board.
Emily earned a master’s degree in Counselor Education from the University Of New Hampshire (Durham, NH) and a bachelor’s of arts degree in Psychology and Sociology from North Adams State College (now known as Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Mass.). She is a member of several professional affiliations including the Connecticut Counselors Association, the Connecticut College and University Counselor Association (past president and secretary), the Connecticut Community College Career Counselors Association (past president), the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers, and the National Association of Colleges and Employers.