CCE Impact Book

“My entry-level staff may not necessarily have a master’s in counseling; many of them are pursuing one. The GCDF provides a really strong foundation, because the 12 competency areas are firmly grounded in career development and workplace knowledge. For those who come in with additional experience, like a master’s in counseling or years of teaching, I think it helps round out what they bring to the table.” Crabb says the GCDF program offers a more comprehensive knowledge base than other career development programs she’s seen. “This gives you such a foundation on how to assist individuals within the career development and coaching fields. You learn the ethical guidelines, working within your scope of practice, and one of the greatest parts of this curriculum—providing a theoretical foundation. You understand assessments, different occupational knowledge areas, and how the world of work is organized. You don’t typically get that kind of knowledge base anywhere else.” Crabb has taught people from many different backgrounds and says the feedback about the GCDF has always been positive. “Some are K–12 counselors, some work for labor departments and workforce connection-type organizations, and many are academic advisors at the university level, in addition to my staff,” she says. “The No. 1 comment I hear is that the GCDF program provides applicable, on-the-spot knowledge of the career development spectrum. People really do walk away with applied knowledge and skills.”