Generous Gift Will Dramatically Expand Resources of Toppel Career Center

The Patricia and Harold Toppel Career Center will soon be home to a new state-of-the-art building on the University of Miami's Coral Gables campus, thanks to a recent gift from UM alumna and trustee Patricia Toppel (B.Ed.’58, M.Ed.’59).

“I am honored to continue to support the important legacy Harold and I adopted 17 years ago,” said Patricia Toppel. “The new center will be much more integrated into the overall learning experience and help prepare our students for a globally competitive job market.”

“The new Toppel Career center will provide peerless resources to help UM students translate their education into meaningful careers."

William Green,
UM Senior Vice Provost

The original Toppel Career Center, located at the site of the former student bowling alley in the student union, was dedicated in 1995 in recognition of Patricia and her late husband Harold Toppel’s generous support. The expanded Toppel Career Center, which will relocate to its new facilities by spring 2014, will provide greatly enhanced career-related programming and resources for students and alumni.

The new center will double in size from its present 6,000 square feet to approximately 12,204 square feet and will be made up of two main buildings (East and West Wings), adjoined by a beautiful grand lobby and outdoor Career Pavillion. The East Wing will be known as the technology and recruiting hub of the center, where it will house on-campus interviews and serve as a live training ground for students preparing to enter the workforce or start their own businesses. The latest technologies will be used in this space, including videoconferencing, 360° video recording, and lecture capture.

“The new Toppel Career center will provide peerless resources to help UM students translate their education into meaningful careers,” said William Green, UM senior vice provost. “Mrs. Toppel's visionary generosity creates a legacy that enables our students to show and do their best as they plan their futures.”

The West Wing, or the “heart” of Toppel, will house the Center’s highly trained staff that is charged with guiding and preparing students for graduate school, internships, employment, and more. All of the Center’s planning and operations occur on the first floor of this wing. The Multipurpose Room, located on the second floor of the West Wing, will overlook the Career Pavilion. This room will be equipped with advanced technologies and host company information sessions, career development series programs, entrepreneurship workshops, and panel discussions.

“Not only will this new center create more space to host career programming and to accommodate our growing staff, we strategically designed it to infuse technology into almost every single room," said Christian Garcia, executive director of the Toppel Career Center. "Much of this technology will allow us to serve our constituents on campus, as well as those across the country and abroad."

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The new Toppel Career Center will double its present size, dramatically expand its resources, and incorporate the latest technologies for career planning, searches, and preparation.