Award Nominations

2018 Awards

Due – January 31, 2018

Nominations – Not currently taking nominations at this time

All awards will be presented at the annual UCDA conference. Please be aware of the award categories in order to nominate qualified professionals who provide outstanding service.

1) Outstanding New Professional Award

To recognize practicing career/employment counselors, coaches, consultants or teachers for outstanding performance in day-to-day service.

Rating criteria:

  • 1 – 5 years in the profession
  • Quality of service as indicated by innovative programs, recognition by local organizations, publications, etc.
  • Service to the profession as indicated by participation and leadership in professional associations at the local, state, and/or national levels.

2) Outstanding Senior Professional Award

To recognize practicing career/employment counselors, coaches, consultants or teachers for outstanding performance in day-to-day service.

Rating criteria:

  • 6+ years in the profession
  • Quality of service as indicated by innovative programs, recognition by local organizations, publications, etc.
  • Service to the profession as indicated by participation and leadership in professional associations at the local, state, and/or national levels.

3) Diversity Initiative Award

To recognize individuals who through their initiatives and commitment have demonstrated a high degree of cultural responsiveness within the domain of career related activities.

Rating Criteria:

  • Significantly enhanced our understanding of and appreciation of the complex career development/employment needs of diverse populations and historically marginalized groups.
  • Contributed to the professional growth of culturally competent and sensitive employment/career counselors.
  • Successfully advocated for systemic changes that lead to the elimination or reduction of barriers impacting the career development/employment of diverse and/or historically marginalized individuals.

4) Exemplary Career Center Award

This award promotes the continued development and implementation of thoughtful and innovative initiatives that support career and/or employment development for outstanding service to student/job seekers.

Rating criteria:

  • Overall mission, services, vision, goals, and/or strategic planning.  What is unique about this center that distinguishes it above and beyond peer organizations
  • Collaborations with internal and/or external community groups such as students, local employers, non-profit organizations, etc. in order to enhance services.
  • Development and implementation of at least one resource or program including measurement or description of successful impact.
  • Description of challenges and obstacles that were present during this plan and the steps taken to overcome them.  Include a summary of the results whether the challenges were overcome or not.
  • Articulation of plans for future growth and investment in resources/programs that promote career development.
  • Describe any challenges and obstacles that were present during this plan and the steps taken to overcome them.  Include a summary of the results whether the challenges were overcome or not.
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