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Your students are certifiable
Your students are certifiable
Your students are certifiable
Your students are certifiable
Your students are certifiable
Your students are certifiable
Your students are certifiable
Your students are certifiable
Your students are certifiable
Your students are certifiable
Your students are certifiable
Your students are certifiable
Your students are certifiable
Your students are certifiable
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Your students are certifiable


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By Anita Yoder and Liz Bushnell

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    • 1. Your Students are Certifiable!Help Us List the Ways
      Anita Yoder, Goshen College CDPI Spring Conference
      Liz Bushnell, Manchester College April 8, 2011
    • 2. Agenda
      Overview of CDPI Career Award Initiative
      Program Goals & Benefits
      Review of Other Programs
      National Career Readiness Certificate
      CDPI Career Award Draft
      Initial Employer Feedback
      Group Discussions
      Next Steps
    • 3. Goals & Benefits
      Aim to develop a statewide standard to certify students’ preparation for professional work which can be adapted to the individual needs of colleges and universities
      Consistency among schools
      Resources and ideas for implementation
      Recognized achievement among employers
      Validation of career services’ role
      Balancing consistency with adaptability
      Marketing to all users (schools, students, employers)
    • 4. Review of Other Programs
      University of Southern Indiana – Career Certificate
      Ball State University – Advanced Professionalism Certificate
      Ivy Tech – Career Start Program
      University of Pittsburg – Outside the Classroom Curriculum
      Xavier University – Business Profession Program
    • 5. National Career Readiness Certificate
      Purpose of NCRC
      Examples of Skills - standards
      Set benchmarks for essential foundation skills for employability
      Identify candidates with those skills
      Help candidates without those skills gain them
    • 6. Utilization in Indiana
      Promoted via WorkOne
      Will assess jobs to identify essential skills
      Offer candidate testing in skills
      Employer Response
      Comparison to proposed CDPI Program
      NCRC focuses on skills at all levels, does not address experience or fit
      CDPI program complements NCRC efforts, might be used in combination
      Possibility for cross-promotion and DWD endorsement
    • 7. Professional Career Readiness Initiative
      Professional Identity: Students develop an understanding of their professional strengths and weaknesses, working style, workplace preferences and use these to evaluate their personal fit for specific jobs, employers and professions. Students also learn effective means to convey their professional identity and to promote themselves as candidates in the job market.
      Students must complete at least one (1) self-assessment activity, which may include:
      Career assessments such as Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory, Self Directed Search, or StrengthsQuest
      Career development class/seminar
      Information interviews and analysis
      Students must complete at least two (2) self-marketing activities, which may include:
      Resume or cover letter review
      Completed LinkedIn profile
      Mock interview
      Career services workshop or program
      Development of elevator speech
      Professional portfolio
      Job search strategies class/seminar
    • 8. Indiana Collegiate Career Competency Award
      Professional Experience: Students apply their academic learning to a professional environment to strengthen understanding of their field and to graduate with marketable experience. Students also learn professional etiquette, networking and other workplace practices to transition successfully from student to professional.
      Students must complete at least two (2) activities to gain professional experience, which may include:
      Job shadowing or volunteer work
      Professional conferences or active membership in professional association
      Externship or other workplace project
      Internship, practicum or other field placement
      Students must complete at least one (1) activity to develop professional practices, which may include:
      Class or workshop on professionalism
      Etiquette dinner
      Networking event or training
    • 9. Indiana Collegiate Career Competency Award
      Professional Skills: Students learn communication and other transferrable skills most highly sought by employers, as identified by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) annual Job Outlook Survey.
      Students must complete at least two (2) activities to develop professional skills, one of which must focus on communication skills. Examples include:
      Workshop, class or program focused on skill training
      Leadership role on campus or in work
      Internship, practicum or other field placement
    • 10. Employer Feedback
      Influential credential in hiring decisions
      Would prompt questions in an interview
      Experience category is particularly important
      Addresses key skills and knowledge that employers value
      Liked professional practices, communication emphasis and professional identity
      Could be a “tie breaker” among candidates
      Other criteria suggested by employers
      More emphasis on volunteer work
    • 11. Employer Feedback
      Ideas for marketing the program
      Promote through HR groups
      Representatives from each school promote to their local employers
      Feedback on the name
      Include variation of “professional”
      “Competency” seems weak or average
      “Award” sounds like a medal – maybe certificate, endorsement or accreditation
      Ensure acronym isn’t used elsewhere
    • 12. Discussion Groups
      • Do the requirements best capture the career skills and knowledge employers value?
      • 13. Are there other criteria you would like to see represented in this program?
      • 14. Is this something you would promote? Does it complement (or duplicate) anything that you already have in place?
      • 15. What ideas do you have for implementing this at your own school? What challenges do you foresee?
      • 16. What ideas do you have for promoting this to employers?
    • Next Steps
      Finalize name and criteria with feedback from membership
      Should we ask membership to vote and approve this?
      Pursue feedback and endorsements from Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Indiana State Chamber
      What other organizations would help us perfect this and gain recognition?
      Establish tracking & implementation system
      What would make this useful for implementation at your school?
      Market to schools & employers for utilization
    • 17. Thanks, everyone!