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Summer 2010

What’s New @ ContactPoint

ContactPoint Merges with CERIC   ContactPoint has merged with the CERIC (Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling). For a number of years, ContactPoint has operated as a program of CERIC and we are now formalizing this relationship. We are very excited about this development and are confident that it will ensure that the services we have provided to you in the past will conti... Read More »

Hot Sites

  Skills Credentialing Tool for Individuals http://www.conferenceboard.ca/topics/education/default.aspx Job-seekers can self-assess essential skills and employability and create an evidence portfolio Steps to Success: Career Development eManual http://www.cdm.uwaterloo.ca/index2.asp A six-stage online resource that offers a variety of assessment tools, provided by the Career Services, Univers... Read More »

Upcoming Events

  Learn @ Work Week September 20 – 24, 2010 A National Event The Canadian Society for Training & Development http://www.cstd.ca/AwardsandRecognition/LearnWorkWeek/tabid/79/Default.aspx?PageContentID=24   Shifting Directions: Preparing the Next Work Place September 27 – 28, 2010 Veron, BC ASPECT, the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce and the Okanagan Business Examiner http://www.shif... Read More »

Book Club – Profoundly Simple Career Planning

  Author: Steve Miller Publisher: Implicit Career Services Incorporated ISBN 978-0-9810945-3-3 by Jaz Bruhn   “How do I decide what my work is going to be?” Haven’t all of us asked ourselves this very question or heard it from clients in some form or other? Wow! I was blown away by Profoundly Simple Career Planning. It is a great resource book and workbook — you actually get two fo... Read More »

New Programs and Initiatives: Not in Canada, Eh?

  by Sherry Sellers Are you:   Working with unemployed highly trained Immigrant professionals? Tired of hearing, “But they don’t have Canadian Experience”?  Interested in hearing about a strategy that has proven to get them in the door and employed?   Immigrant Settlement and Integration Services (ISIS), Halifax, launched a new initiative in November 2009, the ISIS Wage ... Read More »

Conference Sketch: CACEE 2010

by Paul Smith The Recruiters are coming back to the Campus and they’ll be using Social Media to tell you about it   The Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE) just wrapped up a successful, invigorating national conference in Halifax and the news is good. Employers reported that their plans for 2010 / 2011 include a return to on-campus recruiting, but in a modified mann... Read More »

Colleges and Universities Shortchanging Graduates

by Ron McGowan Canadian colleges and universities, like their counterparts in other western countries, are doing a poor job of preparing graduates for today’s workplace. The biggest weakness in the post-secondary education sector in all countries is the lack of experience in today’s workplace by those who are responsible for education policy, funding, administration and delivery. There’s a huge di... Read More »

The Recession Keeps Youth in School

by Roger Sauvé   Counsellors spend a lot of time working with youth aged 15-24. Youth are told to go to school and to stay in school. It usually pays off. The recession has complicated the ability of youth to access this potential path. Some have lost  their own earning capacity and they can’t all depend on their parents to pay for their post-secondary education. The reality is that youth with par... Read More »

SPECIAL REPORT – Closing the Achievement Gap: Best Practices from the Pathways to Education Program

Part 1 of a two-part series by Carolyn Acker Derek Bok, the former president of Harvard University once said, “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” And he is right. Making learning a priority for Canada means investing in solutions to a problem that has confounded policy makers, educators, and governments since the 1960’s – the outrageous high-school drop-out rates in this country’... Read More »

A Learning Model for Academic and Career Success

by John Zaugra Introduction  Located in west-Michigan, Grand Valley State University services more than 24,000 diverse undergraduate and graduate students. GVSU prides itself as a liberal education university and values liberal learning through critical thinking, inquiry, ethical decision making, problem solving, and reflection. Its mission is to educate students to shape their lives, their profes... Read More »

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