JoEllen Keigley, Testing and Career Center Coordinator at Eastern Wyoming College has earned the National Career Development Association (NCDA) Career Development Facilitator (CDF) credential.
The CDF certificate is offered through the NCDA and is a nationally recognized credential for professionals who work in any career development setting or who incorporates career development information or skills in their work with students, adults, clients, employees, or the public. The CDF course consisted of 120 hours which covered a variety of topics including career development skills and services, career resources and labor market information, development and maintenance of an effective career resource center, use of career assessments, career planning processes and many other relevant topics.
“I currently assist students with resume building, interview skills, and professionalism, but obtaining the CDF broadens my scope of practice to include career coaching services such as career exploration and pathway planning. Through this training I gained a great deal of information and have a new set of resources that will help me be more effective when working with students. One of the most exciting new resources is the Wyoming Community College Consortium through the College Central Network, which is an online job board and employment preparation service. I’m so excited to add this to our career services ‘toolbox’! It should be up and running right after the first of the year,” shared Keigley. “Our students and alumni will have access to local, regional and national job boards, as well as tools to help with preparing employment application documents. In addition to the College Central Network, we will continue to offer individual sessions with students, and work with instructors to provide in-class employment preparation related workshops.”
Thirty hours of study were individually selected and included research on best practices for completing employment application documents, creating a career services page on the EWC website, and visiting the Career Services office at Laramie County Community College.
“JoEllen has completed and received a credential which will help the College develop more robust career services for all of our students. She is looking forward to putting these new skills to work as she develops more opportunities for students to receive help with their job searches and preparatory materials,” added EWC Vice President for Learning Dr. Dee Ludwig. “I applaud and recognize her efforts in attaining this nationally recognized credential.”
Keigley has worked at EWC since November of 2010 where she was the Employment and Training for Self-Sufficiency Grant Coordinator/Workforce Coordinator until August of 2013 when she then became the Testing and Career Services Coordinator.