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  • March 22, 2024 3:23 PM | Casey Ball (Administrator)

    Get Involved:

    2024-2025 WCDA Board Member Nominations are now open!

    Nominate a coworker or yourself to gain leadership experience and support the development of the WCDA community professionals. We are looking for nominations for the following positions: 

    • President 
    • President Elect (3-yr term)
    • Treasurer
    • Secretary
    • Regional Chapter Coordinator
    • Member at Large
    • Member at Large
    • Member at Large

    Nominations will be accepted until May 20th. WCDA Board Members are determined by a WCDA Membership Vote, held May 27th-June 7th. 2024-2025 Board Members will be announced mid-June for service beginning July 1, 2024.

  • March 21, 2024 4:19 PM | Casey Ball (Administrator)

    Cal Crow Leadership Award Nominations accepted until April 30!

    The annual Cal Crow Leadership Award was established in 2021 to provide an opportunity to recognize and celebrate an individual or group who has made a significant contribution to the career development field in our state.

    Often, these people are quietly making a difference and do not receive a great amount of attention, but you know who they are! We need you (any WCDA member) to bring them to our attention! The person for whom we are looking:

    • May be an individual or group
    • Is someone who has demonstrated a strong commitment to career development and made a significant contribution to the field, especially within the state of Washington.
    • The contribution may be at a local level or a broader, statewide level.
    • Relevant information considered includes length of experience in the field, leadership role(s), breadth of influence, specific accomplishments/contributions, and impact.
    • Recipient cannot be a current WCDA board member.

    To nominate someone, complete the WCDA Award Nomination Form; write a letter detailing the contributions made by the nominee, and get one other person (does not need to be a WCDA member) to do the same.

    The deadline for submitting nominations is April 30 each year.

    The recipient is chosen by the WCDA Executive Board or a committee designated by the board. The award recipient is announced and recognized at the annual PDI.

  • August 03, 2023 12:45 PM | Juliet Jones-Vlasceanu (Administrator)

    We invite you to nominate WCDA members and colleagues you think would make excellent WCDA leaders and are willing to serve on the executive board starting July 1, 2023. Self-nominations are ok! We are seeking nominees for the following positions:

    - President-Elect (three-year term, first as president-elect, second as president, third as past-president)
    - At-Large Member - Several positions available (two-year term)

    Complete online nomination form here!

    For more information about officer and member at-large responsibilities, see https://mywcda.org/WCDA-Bylaws

    We welcome you to submit self-nominations or nominate others from across WA State. Please submit nominations by Friday, August 11, 2023. Voting will begin August 14 and close on August 18. You may direct questions to Josefina Magana, Chair of the Nominations & Elections Committee, at josefinamagana@gmail.com

  • July 25, 2023 8:06 AM | Juliet Jones-Vlasceanu (Administrator)

    Idaho Career Development Association has invited us to their summer conference in Boise on August 10th. Jim Peacock will be presenting. Here is the link to learn more and register!

    Idaho Career Development Association - Events (idahocda.org)

  • June 29, 2023 3:04 PM | Aaron Woods (Administrator)

    The Center for Dependable Strengths is offering a Facilitator Training in July and again in the Fall.

    Summer 2023 Dependable Strengths Facilitator Training (July, Virtual) | Dependable Strengths

    And here is a link to all upcoming workshops:

    Workshops | Dependable Strengths

  • March 31, 2023 12:07 PM | Juliet Jones-Vlasceanu (Administrator)

    Register now for our annual Professional Development Institute! Check out the details for this event and join us!

  • March 31, 2023 12:03 PM | Juliet Jones-Vlasceanu (Administrator)

    Don't miss this virtual event April 19! Life Design with Kathleen Lindenmayer, sponsored by the Eastern Chapter of WCDA and WSU.

    11AM Pacific Time (90 minutes – 1 hour for presentation, 15 minutes Q&A)

    Reside and work in WA - Free, $10 everyone else. CEU: ESD 112 and NCDA have approved this webinar for 1.5 clock hours.

  • January 27, 2023 2:02 PM | Juliet Jones-Vlasceanu (Administrator)

    Central Washington University in Ellensburg has graciously offered to host the May 19, 2023 Professional Development Institute (PDI) This will be the first time it's been held in person in three (!) years. There will be a virtual component for those unable to travel. Join or renew your WCDA membership to make sure you stay informed as we finalize more details!

  • December 02, 2022 4:50 PM | Aaron Woods (Administrator)

    Workshop Hosted by

    Center for Dependable Strengths

    Event Link: https://www.dependablestrengths.org/product-page/oct-nov-2022-dependable-strengths-facilitator-training-virtual

    Dependable Strengths Facilitator Training is an engaging, virtual workshop conducted by Dependable Strengths Master Trainers. The facilitator training starts with you experiencing Dependable Strengths for yourself – uncovering your own strengths to find out what you uniquely do well and enjoy doing. This may confirm what you already know about yourself or reveal hidden strengths that may set you on a new, more meaningful path…or somewhere in between. No matter what, be prepared for insights and change for the better for yourself and your client base.

    • Outcomes

      You will learn how to increase the effectiveness and success of your clients, students, staff, employees, or others – by becoming a trained facilitator of the Dependable Strengths Process. You will learn to help others uncover individual potential and increase their employability, self-esteem, motivation, appreciation of diverse perspectives and overall career and life satisfaction.

    • Format

      Learn to facilitate the Dependable Strength Process

      You will gain the skills and knowledge and a solid grounding in the process that will give you confidence and experience for leading it with others. This will include learning the history and research behind Dependable Strengths, practice teaching parts of the process with the help of colleagues, developing initial plans for implementing your own workshop, and receiving all materials for facilitating the process. 


      Upon completion of the workshop, you will be eligible for Dependable Strengths Instructor certification.

    • Upcoming Offering

      Duration: January 23 - February 10, 2023

      Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays (over three weeks)

      January 23, 25, 27, 30; February 1, 3, 6, 8, 10

      (Participants should plan to attend all sessions)


      12:00 p.m. till 2:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)

      2:00 p.m. till 4:30 p.m. (Central Time)

      3:00 p.m. till 5:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

  • September 16, 2022 2:59 PM | Juliet Jones-Vlasceanu (Administrator)

    WCDA will sponsor an FCD (Facilitating Career Development Training) course beginning in January 2023. Completion of the course is the first step towards professional certification in career development through NCDA or CCE (GCDF).

    Normally, FCD instructors (all certified through NCDA) are required to charge at least $975 for the course. However, for this one-time contract through WCDA, the price will be $475, for WCDA members only (and new members are welcomed!)

    While details of timing are not firm, the 15-24 week course will begin in January and will be taught via Zoom (likely 90-minute class/week). WCDA members will be able to register through the website in Dec./Jan. As planning details are decided, more information will be announced on the WCDA website.

    Questions can be sent to either/both instructors, Dr. Kate Duttro duttro@uw.edu (UW, retired) and Dr. Chuck Zimchek (CSU) chuck@careerchek.com

    Sign up to learn more when details are finalized!

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