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WCDA Events

The WCDA puts on regional and statewide events for our members and prospective members. These events, whether social mixers, webinars, or development events, are excellent opportunities for Career Development professionals to network and expand their knowledge of the field. 

Past events have included NCDA recaps, guest speakers, and annual Professional Development Institutes. If you have suggestions for upcoming events, please email info@mywcda.org with your feedback. In the meantime, please check out our calendar and quarterly newsletter for information on upcoming events.

Quarterly Professional Development Opportunties
This As WCDA continues to grow and expand we will be striving to offer our members quarterly professional development events. Watch our events listing for upcoming events near you or email us to host your own training or event. 

Annual PDI Conference

The Washington Career Development Association (WCDA) hosts an annual conference featuring internationally known and respected career counselors and trainers. This event provides skills development to career professionals throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Upcoming Events

    • 30 Apr 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom meeting

    You're invited to join the Washington Career Development Association' s upcoming lunchtime webinar, "Beat the Bots" with Amanda Ostrove of JobScan on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from Noon to 1pm.  

    Beat The Bots:

    As a member or WCDA, you're likely familiar with Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) -- but do you know enough to ensure that your clients won't get filtered out by these systems when they apply for a job online? Jobscan's Business Development and University Partnerships Manager, Amanda Ostrove, will dive into Jobscan's ATS & The Fortune 500 Report. She'll highlight how many Fortune 500 companies are using ATS today, which ATS are on the rise, and which ATS tend to be used by particular industries. She'll also show you how Jobscan is using Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to ensure that jobseeker resumes are ATS compliant.  

    Make sure your students and clients aren't in the 70% of resumes that are never seen by recruiters. Companies use robots. So should you.

    About Jobscan: 

    Jobscan, an AI-based web service that helps jobseekers and students land 3x more interviews. Our suite includes resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile optimization tools.When Founder and CEO James Hu found himself on the job hunt in 2013, he discovered that the powerful portals companies were using for hiring were simply parsing, ranking, and filtering resumes with an algorithm based on keywords. Knowing that he’d have to carefully tailor his resume for each application in order to be noticed, he built Jobscan from scratch to automate the process. Now Jobscan is not just helping one job seeker, but hundreds of thousands by giving them the power of large applicant tracking systems before they apply to their dream jobs. Jobscan is still young but growing rapidly in our hometown of Seattle, WA.

     Jobscan is also partnered with dozens of universities across the U.S. to help their career centers scale their impact. Learn more about Jobscan for Universities here.

    Amanda Ostrove is responsible for all things B2B at Jobscan, ranging from strategy to market development and account management. In the past year, Amanda has onboarded dozens of university partners, ranging from UCLA's Executive MBA Program to Texas Woman's University's undergraduate and graduate populations. She loves bringing a tool that can help career centers scale their impact and prepare a career-ready workforce to the higher education space. Prior to Jobscan, Amanda led business development at Openbox, an innovation and design consultancy in NYC specializing in education. Amanda has worked with clients like Black Girls CODE, City College of New York, Institute of Design, and 100kin10, and more. Amanda earned her BA in English and Dance from Skidmore College. Find her on LinkedIn here.

    • 17 May 2019
    • 8:15 AM - 3:45 PM (PDT)
    • CWU Sammamish

    2019 Professional Development Institute

    The WCDA invites you to join us at our 4th annual Professional Development Institute on Friday, May 17th, 2019. Returning to the PNW is Dr. Brian Hutchinson, who will share his exciting insights on the intersection of social justice and career development work. We'll also feature breakout sessions on topics including pay discrimination and working with employers  to promote equitable hiring practices.

    The deadline to register is May 10 so be sure to confirm your registration by then. 

    Hotel Information: Redmond Inn, 17601 Redmond Way Redmond, WA 98052. $89/night plus tax. To book, click here or call 425.883.4900 and ask for the Washington Career Development Association group rate. Reservations must be made by April 16, 2019 or until group block is full (whichever occurs first) to receive the group rate.


    For the first time, the WCDA is offering five scholarships to the 2019 annual WCDA Professional Development Institute on 5/17/19 in Sammamish, WA. These scholarships cover the cost of the PDI registration and are available to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students with a demonstrated interest in career development work. Scholarship recipients will be responsible for the $15 annual student membership fee (if they are not already members of the WCDA) and must agree to limited volunteer duties including: checking in PDI attendees, providing technical assistance to speakers, or setting up the rooms. Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodations. To apply for the scholarship, students should fill out the application by April 1, 2019. We will also offer discounted registration for current students who are not selected for funding.

    Career Work is Justice Work

    Career Work is Justice Work places professional career services practice (career counseling, coaching, social work, human resources, and vocational psychology) at the nexus of career intervention and social justice. Broken into 3 sections, PDI attendees will participate in the following sections:

    Section 1: This interactive workshop/ discussion will explore the ideas of social justice as they are embedded in the work we do. Participants will learn about the neuroscience behind justice ideas, how these apply to the world of work, and develop a conceptual framework for applying justice principles to your practice;

    Section 2: Justice Work in Action will provide participants 3 individual interventions that foster justice and critical conciseness in practice - each intervention will be demonstrated/ practiced and then reflected upon by the group; and 

    Section 3 will foster participants’ own development within the paradigm of justice work including one individual and one experiential group work activity.

    About Brian Hutchison Ph.D., LPC, MCC

    Dr. Brian Hutchison is an Associate Professor and Department Chair of Counselor Education at New Jersey City University. Brian is Immediate Past President of the Asia Pacific Career Development Association (APCDA), Treasurer of the National Career Development Association (NCDA), and Founding Editor of the Asia Pacific Career Development Journal. His scholarship can be broadly described as focused on three areas: social justice and equity in career/ school counseling, international issues in career development, and theory and practice integration. He has published one book (International Practices of Career Services, Credentialing and Training), is currently lead author on the 12th Edition of School to Career a high school Career and Technical Education (CTE) textbook, and has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, columns, and popular press articles.

    Brian is the founder of the St. Louis Cultural Competence Institute and an active advocate for community engagement, intergroup contact, and cross-cultural empathy. After Michael Brown Jr.’s death in Ferguson, MO in August 2014, Dr. Hutchison received the 2014-15 Social Justice Advocacy Award from the Association of Humanistic Counseling for his work supporting the North St. Louis and Ferguson communities as well as protest organizing groups. This work has been featured in regional and national media including two articles in Counseling Today, the American Counseling Association’s flagship professional magazine.

    • 28 May 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PDT)
    • Lower Columbia College - Student Center

    The WCDA Southwest Chapter invites all SW Washington career and workforce development professionals to this spring event, featuring professional presentations from the following local professionals, on topics related to career and workforce development support for clients/students in our SW Washington region. Following the presentations, presenters will provide a Q&A panel session.  

    Sarah Rolerkite, WSU-Vancouver

    "Empowering Students to Determine their Ideal Internship"

    Natalie Powell and Katie Siewert, Vancouver School District

    "Best Practices and Trends in K-12 Career Guidance and Support"

    Tori Skinner, Work Opportunity Center of Cowlitz County - Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region

    "Creating Opportunities through Community-Based Training Programs"

    Please register for this event in order to receive additional instructions, event agenda, and parking/location directions. 

    Anyone in attendance at this event has the potential to be captured in event-specific photography/videography. If you would prefer not to be included in published pictures and/or video, please email pwillis@clark.edu to opt out.

Past Events

26 Feb 2019 Webinar- Aptitude Testing and Research with Anne Steiner, Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation
30 Jan 2019 SW WCDA Winter Kickoff
13 Dec 2018 Puget Sound Chapter Holiday Gathering
05 Dec 2018 WCDA Webinar: LinkedIn for Job Seekers and Career Professionals
05 Dec 2018 Central Washington Fall Career Development Meetup
06 Nov 2018 Washington Workforce Conference 2018: Powerful Partnerships: Building the Talent Pipeline
30 Oct 2018 SW WA Career-Workforce Development Meeting
26 Oct 2018 NCDA Career Practitioner Institute
19 Oct 2018 Puget Sound Chapter Networking Social
15 Sep 2018 Planning Party! Puget Sound Chapter on Saturday, Sept 15th
08 Feb 2018 What's New with Dependable Strengths Webinar on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 6:30pm
02 Feb 2017 How to Negotiate a Job Offer
04 Feb 2016 Bestselling Author, Daniel Seddiqui
08 Jan 2016 Sport Sales Summit
07 Dec 2015 "Fixing the American Workforce" with Steven Hill at Seattle Town Hall, followed by a Social
05 Nov 2015 Keynote with Regional Labor Economist, Dr. Anneliese Vance-Sherman
01 Oct 2015 Kick-off Meeting for 2015/2016 Season
25 Aug 2015 Best of NCDA Webinar on Tues, Aug 25 3 pm to 5 pm
07 May 2015 Networking Meet-Up with the Washington Career Development Association
05 Mar 2015 Overcoming the Career Obstacles of the Bottom 25%
07 Feb 2015 Gates Foundation Visitor Center Tour
08 Jan 2015 Recruiter Panel
06 Nov 2014 A Coaching Workshop: Creating results with those who matter to you
02 Oct 2014 Dana Manciagli, Global Career Expert, Speaker, Private Coach, and Author of Cut the Crap, Get a Job
21 Sep 2014 Join us for a social!
05 Jun 2014 Inside Puget Sound Business Journal
01 May 2014 Live Your Truth Workshop: Discover Your Essence by Stacy Duhon
05 Apr 2014 Best Practices--Saturday, April 5th
06 Mar 2014 Second Chances: Providing Career Assistance to People with Criminal Records
06 Feb 2014 Serving People in the Disability Community
09 Jan 2014 Webinar--Facilitating Use of ONET Occupational Information by Career Changers
04 Dec 2013 Centerpoint hosts "Listening to Losses" with Trudy James
07 Nov 2013 Recruiter Panel
03 Oct 2013 PSCDA Kickoff Meeting - The Time between Dreams - Oct. 3
27 Jul 2013 Join us for a summer social!
06 Jun 2013 Using Social Media in The Job Search
02 May 2013 Mature Workers Panel
06 Apr 2013 Spring Best Practices Meeting
02 Mar 2013 Personal Branding Workshop - a special mini-conference with Maren Finzer
07 Feb 2013 Networking - Just do it!
03 Jan 2013 The 6 Important Things Every Career Professional Should Know about LinkedIn.
06 Dec 2012 Economic and Occupational Trends in King County
01 Nov 2012 Helping Veterans Find Their Place: Identity, Transition, Employment
04 Oct 2012 Recruiter Panel
07 Jun 2012 Personal Branding
03 May 2012 In Pursuit of the Perfect Career
07 Apr 2012 Best Practices: Learn from your colleagues!
01 Mar 2012 Online Career & Job (Hunt) Resources: Treasure Trove for Career Professionals and Their Clients, Students, Job Seekers, and the Career-Perplexed
02 Feb 2012 February Interviewing Panel
05 Jan 2012 New Year's Professional Networking Event
01 Dec 2011 Dying to Go On with Tracey Conway
03 Nov 2011 Career Victory Today with Tom Jackson
06 Oct 2011 Recruiter Panel
02 Jun 2011 PSCDA Benefit Dinner: Influencing Your Success and Others
02 May 2011 Changing Careers During Changing Times: Helping Clients Through Transition
02 Apr 2011 Best Practices Practices Saturday
03 Mar 2011 What Coaching and Counseling Contribute
03 Feb 2011 Grow Your Career and Business with Podcasting
02 Dec 2010 Recruiter Panel
04 Nov 2010 Clients Benefit From the Amazing Power of Career Contentment
07 Oct 2010 Puget Sound Industry Cluster Insights and Opportunities
03 Jun 2010 Annual Networking Dinner: Marilyn Richards
25 May 2010 Help Wanted on Main Street: Green Jobs and Growing Industries
01 Apr 2010 Resiliency in Times of Challenge with Cal Crow
13 Mar 2010 PSCDA Presents "Best Practices"
04 Feb 2010 Prepping Your Client to Get the Job: Telemeeting with Lou Adler
03 Dec 2009 Dan Keusal at CCMV
05 Nov 2009 Linda Panter Telemeeting
07 Oct 2009 Sarah Van Gelder at CCMV
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