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This course  offers an introductory review of the basic information career, workforce, and academic professionals need to know in order to provide the best advice to individuals deciding on a major, educational program, and career. The information applies to advisers and counselors helping young people decide on postsecondary education and training, conducing career exploration, finding a job, and making a career transition.

This course is intended for career center professionals in all educational institutions, and career counselors and coaches in private practice and in workforce development organizations. However, the audience extends to practitioners in other levels of education as well as those who serve clients in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. This includes school counselors, career coaches, workforce development staff, HR professionals and others.

Your Instructor: Janet Wall
Janet E. Wall, EdD,  CCSP, JCTC, NCDA CDF-I, NCDA Fellow is the 2011 recipient of the National Career Development Association’s Merit Award and the 2012 recipient of the American Counseling Association’s Carl Perkins Government Relations Award and many others, has worked at the federal, state, and school district levels in the areas of assessment, evaluation, and career development. Her work has spanned the public and private sectors from the Pre-K level through executive development.
She is Past President of the Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education (AACE) and has been an officer in the Association for Counselors and Educators in Government and the Maryland Career Development Association. As the appointed representative of the American Counseling Association to the Joint Committee on Testing Practices (JCTP), she has been chair and a member of that group. She chaired or was a working member of several JCTP working groups to include those that produced the Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education, the ABC’s of School Testing  video and leaders guide, Rights and Responsibilities of Test Takers: Guidelines and Expectations, and a book on assessment of individuals with disabilities. She represented AACE and NCDA as co-chair of the committee that developed the Career Counselor Assessment and Evaluation Competencies, now endorsed by both associations. She is an active member of the NCDA Technology Committee and owns and moderates the NCDA LinkedIn group which has just under 20,000 members as of this writing.
Janet has co-edited a book on educational and career assessment, and is author of four McGraw-Hill test preparation books for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), a book on vocational interests, and one on interactive web tools for the job seeker.  She is a trainer, distance educator, conference presenter, conference keynoter, and writer of articles, reports, and monographs. She has been instrumental in the development of the ASVAB Career Exploration Program, serving many millions of youth, and ACT’s DISCOVER. Janet is co-author of the Ability Explorer and assessment published by JIST.
She is the Founder of Career Planning Academy, a multiple award winning learning management system that provides professional development for career development professionals. She can be reached at janet@careerplanningacademy.com. Visit her LinkedIn page at http://www.linkedin.com/in/careerfacilitator.

At the conclusion of this course, you will be able to:

  List what labor market information is and discuss why it is important.

  Understand that professional associations support the use of good labor market information in career and academic development.

  Identify credible resources to locate pertinent labor market information and use these resources to identify various labor market issues.

  Propose the kind of information to give individuals in various stages of career development based on scenarios.