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September Beginning-of-Month Newsletter

3 Sep 2019 9:13 PM | Anonymous

OCDA Professional Development Grant

Ohio Career Development Association is offering two (2) $250 grants to support OCDA members and their professional development. The grants are intended for professional development activities related to:

  • Conference registration or travel

  • Workshop registration or travel

  • Professional training

  • Professional certification(s)

  • Other professional development opportunities

 Click here to submit your grant proposal using the online form

Proposals will be judged based on planned use of funds and support of the mission of OCDA to promote a greater understanding of the meaning of work and vocation, to foster career development over the life span, and to improve standards of professional service in the field of career guidance and counseling in Ohio. Proposals are due by September 30th, 2019. Grant award notifications will be sent no later than November 18th, 2019. This opportunity is open to any OCDA member; members can apply for one of the professional development grants available but not two.

Any questions regarding the Professional Development Grant can be sent to OCDA President, Bethani Burkhart, at


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Register Today! 

We are launching "Coffee Chats" within OCDA as a way for members and interested career professionals to get to know one another and gain valuable insights. On Thursday, September 26th at 3:30PM, we will be holding 3 meetups simultaneously in Columbus, Cleveland & Dayton. 

  • COLUMBUS: Downtown Stauf's (350 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus, OH 43215).  
  • CLEVELAND: Starbucks in the Barnes and Nobel bookstore in the Tri-C Metro Campus Center.  
  • DAYTON: Proto BuildBar coffee shop (534 E 1st St, Dayton, OH 45402).
The topic for our coffee chat is: "Strategies for Engaging Employers & Alumni". Come join your fellow career services professionals in your area to discuss best practices and techniques.  
Snacks provided! 
We look forward to seeing everyone! 
*Bring a friend! Pass this invite along to other career services professionals, membership in OCDA is NOT required.

Total Internship Management Workshop

OCDA will be co-sponsoring the Total Internship Management Workshop in Dublin, Ohio on October 18th. This full-day workshop will provide you with a framework to create a meaningful and impactful internship program. For more information, please visit:

NCDA Career Practitioner Institute - Win a Free Registration!

In Ohio, we are excited for this unique opportunity to host the NCDA Career Practitioner Institute on October 25, 2019, along with the PDIs on the 24th. 

Registration & further presentation details can be found here:

We are offering an exclusive opportunity to our OCDA members to win a FREE Registration to the CPI on October 25th. Please complete this short survey to enter our raffle for 2 free registrations! 

FREE REGISTRATION RAFFLE: Note: The survey deadline is September 26th, the day of our Coffee Chat. Raffle winners will be announced on October 1st.  

All Ohio Counselors Conference

The AOCC Conference is November 6th - 8th.

Early Bird rates for registration end October 8th.

Hyatt Regency Hotel Reservations are Open!
Rooms start at $172, shared rooms slightly higher.
Hyatt Group Block closes October 14th.

National Career Development Month

In November, for National Career Development Month, OCDA will be hosting two networking and workshop/speaker events. One event will be in Columbus and the other in Northeast Ohio. Stay tuned for more details!
If interested in being involved with planning, please contact our National Career Development Month Chair, Felicia Johnson at

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