The nomination period for 2018 Ohio Career Development Association (OCDA) awards is open now through March 23, 2018. Nominations can be submitted via the links included in each description. You are welcome to self-nominate or to nominate someone else for the awards.

2018 Outstanding Graduate Student Award

This new award will be presented at the annual OCDA Conference in recognition of the wonderful contributions that graduate students are already making to their respective field. Nominees must be a full-time student in Ohio, a masters or doctoral candidate, and in the field of career counseling, student affairs, college/student personnel or a related field.

Submit nomination for Outstanding Graduate Student Award

2018 Outstanding New Professional Award

This new award will be presented annually at the OCDA Conference in recognition of an individual with less than five (5) years of full-time experience. This individual serves as a role model to students and professionals, demonstrates creativity/innovation in the field, and has great potential for continued success.

Submit nomination for Outstanding New Professional Award

2018 Bob Windle Leadership Award

This award is presented at the annual OCDA Conference in recognition of a true leader in a career field. The award is named in honor of Bob Windle, who won the award in 2011, for his exceptional contributions to OCDA and to career counseling, exploration, transition, and resilience. The Bob Windle Leadership Award recognizes practicing career counselors, consultants, or teachers for outstanding performance. Nominees must have at least eight (8) years of service in career development or a related field; demonstrated quality of service (such as innovative programs, recognition by local organizations, publications, awards, etc.); and service to professional association(s) at the local, state and/or national levels.

Submit nomination for Bob Windle Leadership Award

For any questions about awards, please contact Natalie Fox, Awards Chair, at

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