Conference Sessions and Format


Maine Career Development Association Annual June Conference
June 19, 2006
Kennebec Valley Community College
Fairfield, Maine
“Making Transitions Work”

8:30 – 9:15

Check-in and Networking

 

 

9:15

Welcome-Jim Peacock

 

 

 

Welcome to the College-Dr. Barbara Woodlee

 

 

MCDA President-Jim Brunelle

 

 

9:30-10:30 

Transition Challenges: An Overview, Dr. Nancy Schlossberg

 

How do people negotiate the ups and downs of living? What differentiates why people facing a similar transition handle it so differently? To answer these questions, I will describe people in all kinds of transitions, including geographical moving, adult learners returning to school, men and women whose jobs were eliminated, clerical workers dealing with work/family balance, retirement, as well as non-events like not getting promoted, not having a baby, and not having the career or relationship you expected. This speech will present the challenges people face when dealing with transitions and the many creative ways they can cope.

10:45 – 12:00

Concurrent Session I

 

 

 

1.1

O’NET—Looking for the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT)

 

1.2

Helping Career Changers Connect The Dots Of Varied Work Experience

 

1.3

College Guidance Services for Adult Education Students

 

1.4

Putting “Development” Back into Career Development: Applying Cognitive Development in Practice

 

1.5

Why Do I Need to Study This?: Connecting Learning to Life

12:00 – 1:00

Lunch

1:15 – 2:15

Retirement Challenges: Creating a Plan, Dr. Nancy Schlossberg

 

Retirement is about leaving a particular way of life and creating a new life. Understanding the dynamics of exiting a role, figuring out what's next, and then creating a new set of roles is complicated. We will examine six ways people have created new lives and look at their resources as they create this life. I will address two questions: how to create your path by looking at your psychological portfolio and how to develop programs for those about to enter retirement.

2:15 – 2:30

Break

2:30 2:45

Concurrent Session II

 

2.1

Developing Skilled Employees through Maine’s Apprenticeship Program: A Systematic Approach

 

2.2

3 X 5 Professional Development For You and Your Clients

 

2.3

Hitting a Wall: Barriers to Attaining Higher Education Degrees

 

2.4

Writing Resumes that Work

4:00

MCDA Business Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concurrent Workshop Descriptions

Session I

1.1

O’NET—Looking for the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT)

 

Presenter: Denis Fortier, Career Resource Network Program Coordinator, Maine Department of Labor

This will be a brief introduction to the O’NET, the replacement for the dictionary of Occupational Titles. The workshop will bring attendees through the main features of O’NET, and they will have the opportunity to work hands-on to do some simple occupational searches, customization of occupational reports, and discussion of one or two specific applications for career counselors.
 

 

1.2

Helping Career Changers Connect The Dots Of Varied Work Experience

 

Presenter: Terri Bruce, CWDP, GCDFI, JCTC, Career Development Advisor, The Success Shop

What do working in real estate, technical support, and bank management have in common? If these are all positions that your client has held, then they present a career development challenge that turns resume writing and interviewing preparation in to extreme sports. The good news is that there is an easy way to create a harmonious picture of uniform interests and abilities from a seemingly disjointed work experience. In this workshop you will learn to surmount the extreme challenge of working with frequent career changers and career zigzaggers by using tools such as portfolio analogies, themes, and crosswalk plans.
 

 

1.3

College Guidance Services for Adult Education Students

 

Presenter: Candace Hill, GED/Diploma Coordinator, Waterville Adult Community Education

While long standing in offering academic courses, Waterville Adult Community Education had no organized way to promote post secondary education and help students explore options for college. A college access transitions program was created to provide services to high school diploma and GED students. Implementation activities include:

  • Creating a college-going atmosphere
  • Setting post-secondary goals: intake, monitor, refine, promote
  • Organizing college tours and admissions interviews
  • Helping with applications and financial aid
  • Collecting data and information

Each of these services has detailed components that focus on instilling expectations, changing opinions and creating an atmosphere to increase the number of adult ed graduates who attend college or other post- secondary training programs.

 

1.4

Putting “Development” Back into Career Development: Applying Cognitive Development in Practice

 

Presenter: Leigh G. Mundhenk, Assistant Professor and Director of Field Experiences, University of Southern Maine, Lewiston Auburn College

Most of us know clients or students who seem to rely on us for the answers to their career questions. They may want us to tell them what to do or what to be. Others seem to require very little from us other than guidance. Why do these differences exist? The answer may lie in people’s level of cognitive development. This workshop will explore how clients’ and students’ cognitive development impacts the career development work we do with them, and help you develop counseling and teaching strategies that can help them rise to higher and more productive level of career success
 

 

1.5

Why Do I Need to Study This?: Connecting Learning to Life

 

Presenter: Martha Teumim, Contract Trainer, Bridges Transitions

Choices® Planner is an online program that helps students compare, connect, and choose from a vast network of work and education options, effortlessly building powerful plans using the Career Plan Builder. 24/7 access allows students to complete the search process on their own schedule, leaving time for counselors t o work with them on refining their plans and goals.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Session II

2.1

Developing Skilled Employees through Maine’s Apprenticeship Program: A Systematic Approach

 

Presenter: Gene Ellis, Director of Apprenticeship Standards, Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Employment Services

Learn about a unique and relevant tool for training new and/or existing workers. Customized, employer-based training combines on-the-job training with post-secondary classroom instruction through the Maine Apprenticeship Program (MAP). Apprentices earn while they learn by working full-time and attending classes evenings or weekends. MAP helps businesses establish skill standards, develop skilled employees and offer a systematic approach to workforce development. According to participating companies, MAP reduces training costs and decreases employee turnover. Attendees will learn who is eligible to be an Apprentice or Sponsor and the basic decisions/steps to developing and registering an Apprenticeship program.
 

 

2.2

Professional Development For You and Your Clients

 

Presenter: Terri Bruce, CWDP, GCDFI, JCTC, Career Development Advisor, The Success Shop

All too often, career advisors spend a lot of time on career planning, just not on themselves. It’s time to stop, think, and refocus. In this hands-on workshop career advisors will become familiar with the five elements of professional development and use them to create their own 3-tiered “3 X 5” career plan. The “3 x 5” career plan is both an action plan and a powerful format for showcasing invisible but powerful professional skills and abilities. Individuals will also learn how to use these career planning techniques with clients who are looking to change positions or careers.
 

 

2.3

Hitting a Wall: Barriers to Attaining Higher Education Degrees

 

Presenter: Zark VanZandt, Dean, University of Southern Maine, Lewiston-Auburn Campus, Co-Presenter: J. Leigh Hamilton, Career/Education Development Specialist, Pathways to Higher Education, University of Southern Maine

Maine has one of the highest graduation rates in the country for high school seniors, but one of the lowest rates for college graduation. While the vast majority of students and their parents have aspirations for college degrees, very few realize their dreams. This workshop will explore the various barriers that contribute to this disconnect between aspirations for and the actual attainment of college degrees, and some promising practices for addressing the barriers and building a better-educated workforce.
 

 

2.4

Writing Resumes that Work

 

Presenter: Jim Elkins, Career Counselor, Career Planning Services

This workshop will include a discussion of resume writing basics and strategies, including commonly held resume myths. Approaches to use with a variety of clients from those with limited and inconsistent work experience to those at the professional level will be discussed. The presentation will be based on the presenter’s extensive experience in writing resumes for a broad range of clients. Handouts will include examples

Keynote Speaker 2006

Nancy K. Schlossberg, Ed.D, is an expert in adult development, adult transitions, career development, and intergenerational relationships. A past president of the National Career Development Association, she also has served on the faculties of the University of Maryland, Wayne State University, Howard University, Pratt Institute and other colleges. She has appeared on several major network news shows including CBS This Morning. More Info at www.transitionguide.com

Thank you to our Conference sponsors:

 

Directions to Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield, Maine

  • From South (Portland): Take I-95 North to Exit 132. Turn right, KVCC entrance is the second left.
  • From North (Bangor): Take I-95 South to Exit 132. Turn left, KVCC entrance is the second left after the overpass.
  • From North (Skowhegan): Take Route 201 South until it meets Route 139. Turn right on Route 139 (Western Avenue). KVCC is approximately one mile on the right.
  • From East (Belfast): Take Route 139 west until it meets Route 201. Turn right on 201. Turn left onto Route 139 (Western Avenue). KVCC is approximately one mile on the right.
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