A. Tariq Shakoor is a seasoned educator and career services practitioner with over 30 years of diverse experience in higher education, government, and the non-profit sectors Areas of expertise include career counseling and coaching, program and curriculum development, project management, staff development/supervision and leadership training. Shakoor is equally adept at developing and presenting career development modules and training materials. He is co-author of the book, How To Get A Job In Atlanta, and has been a featured writer of career related articles for the Black Collegian magazine.
Shakoor has a Bachelor’s degree in History from Upland College (CA), now Fresno Pacific College, and a Master’s of Science in Counseling and Guidance, from the University of Bridgeport, (CT).
- Consultant with Georgia Department of Labor (DOL). Responsible for developing a curriculum to assist chronically unemployed and under-employed young adults ages 18-24. Pilot program goal was to develop the employability skills of clients and to encourage them to obtain a GED, in order to access training programs and/or higher education to improve employment opportunities. Provided group and individual counseling/coaching to clients and prepared quarterly reports for USDOL.
- As Director of the Career Center at Emory University, had primary responsibility for delivering services to students and alumni that included, career counseling and testing, career development programming, organizing career fairs, and on-campus recruiting events, overseeing budget, staff supervision and preparation of annual report and budget. Organized cross training of staff to facilitate seamless, effective services to constituents. Recipient of several service awards, and the award for Research and Publication for the Division of Campus Life. Provided staff training to Deans of Medical School and the International Office of Student Programs and Services.
- Director of Training and Recruitment for INROADS/Atlanta, a college internship program for minority students. Program was designed to develop future leaders in business and technology. During tenure, expanded the corporate survival skills training program for students as well as recruiting base.
- As Director of the Concentrated Employment Program (CEP), Bridgeport, CT, supervised a professional staff charged with delivering services to the chronically unemployed and under-employed within the Model Cities service area.
- Provided leadership for staff of the Higher Education Center for Urban Studies (HECUS) at the University of Bridgeport, in the delivery of counseling, tutoring and other support services to first generation college students in a higher education consortium including: University of Bridgeport, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield University, Housatonic Community College, and Norwalk Tech. Helped to develop a Black Studies program at Sacred Heart University.
- Developed curriculum design for Leadership Academy for the 100 Blackmen of Dekalb County.