Center for Career & Leadership Development

Welcome to the Center for Career & Leadership Development! 

Our Mission.  The CCLD provides innovative, student-centered career, leadership, and professional development programs and services that prepare and empower students to identify, build, and articulate career and leadership competencies needed to be successful in a competitive, global marketplace.  Using best practices from the student affairs profession, we address the holistic needs of students and collaborate with faculty, staff, employers, graduate programs, and community leaders to ensure post-graduation success.

Our Center consists of the Office of Career Development and Student Leadership Programs. 

The Office of Career Development serves students and alumni through individualized in-person and virtual appointments, student organization and classroom presentations, recruitment and networking opportunities, and campus-wide career and professional development programs.  Learn more about our career and professional development services.

Student Leadership Programs serve current students through specialized leadership development programs, campus-wide conferences, and individualized student consultations. Learn more about our Student Leadership Programs.

Student Leadership Programs

Register now for the Student Leadership Conference scheduled for February 21 at the Hatcher Conference Center. Deadline to register is February 10.  This event is free to all MGA students.

For the 2019-2020 academic year, we will be launching an incoming freshmen leadership program called Knights LEAD. Please visit this page often as we will be updating our website with additional information, events, and student leadership programs that will be implemented in the upcoming academic years. We will have an Emerging Leaders Program for sophomores in 2020-2021 and iLEAD Mentors Program for juniors and seniors in 2021-2022. Our goals are to retain, engage, and develop students into great student leaders who are able to obtain valuable professional experiences and are prepared to compete in a global economy and society.

Program Calendar

Check out our spring 2020 program calendar for all five campuses.

Student and Employers:  Connect with Handshake

We now use Handshake to post all job and internship opportunities as well as career fair and career events to MGA students and alumni.  New students should activate their MGA Handshake account during their first semester.  Alumni are encouraged to create an account as well.

Employers who already have an account should add MGA to their list of approved schools.  If your company is new to Handshake, go to and choose "employer" to set up your account.  After setting up your account, add Middle Georgia State University as one of your institutions so you can register for career fairs and post jobs and internships directly to our students.  Contact us if you have questions about setting up an account.

Thank you to our sponsors

Sponsorship opportunities are available to our employer and community leader partners who work with our Career Development and Student Leadership Programs.  To learn more, contact our director.