Who might be attending this annual conference?
Over 1,200 career development practitioners, facilitators, counselor educators, counselors, specialists, and more participate in the annual conference. Graduate students are very much welcomed and encouraged to attend. NCDA Board members, committee chairpersons, state career development association leaders, and honored award winners are all accessible throughout the activities, sessions, and casual gatherings. It has been described as truly like a “family reunion”! If you are looking for a specific person or need a roommate, check the See Who's Coming page.
How do I receive Continuing Education Clock Hours for this conference? Will I receive a certificate?
The Program Book will contain the Continuing Education form to keep track of the sessions you attend. Following the conference, you will be sent a link with instructions to obtain your CE Transcript.
How many Continuing Education Hours are given for attending the full conference?
NCDA is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. Sessions for which NBCC-approved clock hours will be awarded are identified in the program book. The ACEP is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. This conference offers up to 13 contact hours. Additional contact hours can be obtained by attending the pre-conference workshops.
How can I feel a part of the conference if I am not attending?
Follow us on Twitter! Post on Facebook and LinkedIn. Again use our conference hashtag, #NCDAchicago. You can follow discussions regarding conference presentations, ask questions of presenters, tweet ideas for participants, or read about the good things coming. Don't forget to continue reading Career Convergence for articles covering conference topics and written by conference presenters.
It has been several years since I last attended an NCDA conference and it is my colleague's first time. How will we know what to do?
Take time to review the online agenda now and read the entire Program Book before arriving. Review the article "How to Make the Most of Your NCDA Conference Experience". Once you arrive at the hotel, go to the Conference Registration Desk to receive your materials. There you will find friendly NCDA faces that will be happy to answer your questions. Since the two of you are attending, it is helpful to decide who will catch which sessions, then exchange notes at the end of the day. Be sure to have fun at the Welcome Reception, and there are certainly many exciting sites to see in the city!
I love conferences, but hate sitting all day! What are my options for the most movement?
Attend Roundtable sessions, which involve moving to a new table after 25 minutes. Stop by the hotel Concierge Desk for information on the local area. Chicago is a great walking city. And finally, walk the exhibit hall! With so many people to talk to, you will get plenty of exercise!
I am thinking about joining NCDA and attending the conference. How can I learn more about NCDA?
You are welcome to browse our website at any time or contact NCDA headquarters toll-free at 866-367-6232 to ask questions. You can join NCDA and take advantage of the membership discounts available for conference registration and career resources! While at the conference, be sure to attend the First Timer's Meeting, Committee Meetings and the annual Membership Meeting. The booklet you receive at the Membership Meeting will include the Presidential overview of the year, a report on NCDA membership (including membership by region, work setting, occupation, and more), the Treasurer's report, and the slate of candidates for the upcoming election.
Additional questions about NCDA can be answered by visiting the Cyber Showcase, open in the Exhibit Hall. Volunteers will be available to demonstrate NCDA online services and answer questions.
Additional conference questions can be directed to the Conference Director, Mary Ann Powell at email@example.com.
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