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Photo of Jessica SmallJessica Small, Administrative Specialist/Career Services Center
LJSU A203G | 843-349-2341 |

Jessica has a passion unlike most of our staff because Jessica is also a student at CCU pursuing a B.A in English. Jessica is a South Carolina native from Georgetown, SC.




 Photo of Karen ArnieKaren Arnie, Director of Internships, Service Learning, and Employer Engagement
LJSU A203A | 843-349-2559 |

Karen’s passion is helping students find their dream job. Karen is from the Eastern Shore of Maryland and has a M.A. in Counseling.  

Karen is living proof that you can do all kinds of neat things with a liberal arts degree!  You never know what interesting life and career choices are right around the corner.  Karen always seeks ways to help students discover their interests, seek out opportunities and find ways to develop and use their skills in the ever-changing workplace. Karen’s first job was a staff writer for a newspaper.  After that, she served in a variety of higher ed roles with over 25 years of experience in helping students with Admissions, Career Services, Internships, Teaching, Advising.  

Karen chose CCU because CCU is an awesome location which is about 20 minutes from Myrtle Beach, CCU’s wonderful faculty and staff, and the great students that make up CCU’s community.   

A fun fact about Karen is she is a big fan of fantasy genre and her favorite series are Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Game of Thrones.  


Photo of Christen CoxChristen Cox, Career Counselor/Outreach Coordinator 
LJSU A203B | 843-349-2889 | 

Christen has a passion for assisting students through the process of educational, career, and personal discovery so that they reach their goals and find success. Christen is from Calabash, N.C. She received her B.A. in Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and her M.A. in Counseling from Webster University.

Before Christen joined the CCU community, she served at a community college in North Carolina for ten years. She served many roles from the Admissions Coordinator, Student Success Counselor, Career Development Coordinator, and FYE Instructor.  In addition to her experience working in higher education, she also established Cox Counseling Services, where she practiced as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor for four years before transitioning to CCU full-time.    

Christen Chose to work at CCU because of the dynamic student-centered learning environment provided by the outstanding faculty and staff. She aspires to continue to advance her knowledge within career development and leadership in Higher Education, and is grateful that CCU provides these opportunities. “We live in a global economy, and every day there are advancements in programs and services, technology, and instructional design that contribute to the quality of education and career development for individuals.  It is important for me to continue learning, developing, and implementing these advancements to help improve the quality of my services to our students.”

A fun fact about Christen is she enjoys playing strategy and survival action games on her PS4.