- News and Events
- Contact Us
The counseling and human development department recently held its first annual Career Development Institute, entitled “Meeting the Needs of the Contemporary Workforce.” The institute highlighted the importance of career development programs and career practitioners in helping to solve the systemic issues associated with unemployment, underemployment, resiliency, and informed career decision-making.
The institute, held June 25 – 29, was geared toward career services professionals in higher education, K-12, one-stop career centers, military installations, and private practices. The weeklong institute focused on career development from the practitioner’s perspective, ensuring all professionals working in career services can provide the best resources and support the changing workforce in the U.S.
A wide range of dynamic professionals lectured during the week, including Dr. Ron Williams, senior vice president of the College Board Advocacy and Policy Center; Gabriel Benn, director of arts in education for Ballou High School in Washington, D.C.; Jenifer Fritz, Director of Government Solutions for CareerBuilder.com; Dr. Sandra Sessoms-Penny (GSEHD Alumnae), private career counselor working with veterans; and Patrice Gerideau, Learning and Leadership Officer for AARP.
Thomas Stowell, director of Career Services at GSEHD and lecturer in counseling, led the creation of the institute and served as its director. “Today’s workplace is a complex and dynamic environment. I’m pleased that we were able to spend the week discussing the challenges and opportunities our workforce faces in today’s global economy,” Stowell said. “As we look beyond the traditional definitions of work, I look forward to using the our discussions as a springboard to broader conversations about how to best help today’s workers succeed and thrive in work and life.”
Tamara Schaps, a master’s student in higher education administration, said she enjoyed the comprehensive nature of the institute. “It was helpful to hear from a diverse array of speakers on topics that covered the career needs of a broad potential client base – from veterans to students with special needs to the elderly,” she said. “Throughout the week, my assumptions were challenged and the content of the institute was meaningful and inspiring.”
Suzy Wise, a counseling EdS student, also enjoyed the experience. “The institute refreshed my knowledge and experience in career counseling,” she said. “The speakers were engaging and informative. I came away from the week with welcome challenges ahead in the world of work."