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  • Wednesday, November 24, 2021 12:32 PM | Anonymous

    Happy Thanksgiving! This greeting kicks off the holiday season in America. We've heard and said it often the past few weeks. Most of the time, we even consciously mean it. Yet, on occasion, this phrase feels no more than a routine thing to say throughout November. Although the pandemic lingers, so many things are returning to normal. So, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to be both authentic and thankful, particularly during the hustle and bustle of the holidays as we pass Thanksgiving and go into December. What feels right and true nowadays? What am I truly grateful for? How can I express thankfulness in a way that feels genuine and is well-received?
    As career developers, you can probably relate. Self-reflection is common in our profession. And, for such insight, I’m truly grateful. Because of our interest, skills, and talents, we are positioned to not only challenge ourselves to grow personally and professionally but are capable and equipped to do the same for others. That’s a gift that keeps on giving!
    This also reminds me of ideas shared in our recent conference, Back to the Future, hosted virtually earlier this month. Over 50 attendees were challenged to explore awkwardness to strengthen ourselves and our inclusive relationships. We learned how mindfulness is one of many ways we can combat pandemic brain. And, in the spirit of looking at things differently, we can flip the script on the traditional résumé.

    So, what’s the connection to thankfulness and authenticity? The conference revealed humans can be both authentic and awkward at the same time. For me, I can be truly thankful under stress if I remain intentional. I can choose to see what used to be normal from a different lens and know that it’s OK. I can experience and express gratitude honestly because I choose this perspective.

    Perhaps most importantly, I can acknowledge not everyone celebrates Thanksgiving for a variety of reasons. That’s fine. In fact, that’s great because I can learn from that and better understand the perspective and meaningful transitions of others.
    So, as you say and/or hear “Happy Thanksgiving” each year, consider those around you. Think about it, and take it in. Smile and give yourself, your heart, and your brain a chance to experience it in the spirit of peace, love and belongingness we all long for.
    I’m thankful for you!

    Inspired by you,
    Dr. Aimeé C. Carter, GCDF, CCSP

  • Monday, September 20, 2021 1:13 PM | Anonymous

    Back to the future
    with virtual conference

    Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” Dr. Emmett Brown

    That’s right. You don’t need a road, car, or time travel to participate in our next event. We’re keeping things virtual this fall with a conference sure to take you Back to the Future on November 10, 2021.Truth be told, we hoped to bring everyone back together, in person, like the good old days. But, we lived and learned in 2020, and delivering the content through your computer once again just makes good sense. While it may seem like we’re literally going backwards after experiencing such promise this spring, we must keep future focused as career developers. We can’t Marty McFly our way back in time and course correct history, but we can continue to develop ourselves and those around us so we are equipped for whatever the future holds.

    So, registration is now open! You know what to do.

    Inspired by you,
    Dr. Aimeé C. Carter, GCDF, CCSP

  • Wednesday, August 04, 2021 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Back to the Future: Getting Back to Developing the Workforce of the Future

    This past year, the world of work has seen drastic changes that have impacted career development in many ways:

    Prioritizing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace
    Booming remote work opportunities
    Pivoting from layoff to entrepreneurship
    More free workforce training options to upskill/reskill

    SCCDA’s Fall 2021 Conference focuses on how career practitioners can assist their clients with navigating these exciting opportunities and leveraging their own skills and passions to build a bright future.

  • Friday, June 11, 2021 7:36 AM | Anonymous
    Students in the Palmetto State Dominate poetry and art contest

    South Carolina garnered nearly half of all national winners in the National Career Development Association’s 55th annual poetry and art contest celebrating National Career Development Month.

    The theme for the 55th annual Poetry & Art contest was "My Future Career: Imagine the Possibilities!" And imagine the possibilities they did -- Palmetto State students had 23 winning submissions of the 48 at the national level, 9 of which were first place, according to state contest coordinator Kimberly Cartledge.

    Cartledge is a member of the South Carolina Career Development Association, the local division of NCDA. The SCCDA is an all-inclusive and collaborative statewide organization of more than 90 industry professionals that connect on issues, policies and practices relating to career and workforce development, pathways, and transitions while inspiring one another to grow professionally!

    The winning art and poetry entries for each division are displayed on the NCDA website, http://www.ncda.org, and at the upcoming Global Career Development Conference. National winners also receive a special certificate from NCDA.

    Winners from South Carolina in each division are below:


    Primary K-2

    1st- Mackenzie Mallicoat 

    2nd- Ashlynn Mallicoat 

    Middle 6-8

    2nd- Maricella Gonzalez 

    Senior 9-12

    1st-Cora Weems 

    Adult -open

    1st- Linda Maxwell 

    2nd- Jamie Langston 

    Art: Category C-1

    Primary K-2

    1st- Keyli Andrade

    2nd- Ivanielz Melendez Gonzalez

    Intermediate 3-5

    2nd- Oliver Atkins

    Middle 6-8

    1st- Maricella Gonzalez 

    2nd-Lucy Pruitt 

    3rd- Jodi McHugh

    Senior 9-12

    1st- Ashley Felipe 

    2nd- Alejandra Carranza-Lima 

    Art : Category C-2

    Primary K-2

    1st- Isabella Jennings 

    2nd-Kennedy Cooper

    Intermediate 3-5

    2nd- Emily Serna 

    3rd- Adalyn Simmons 

    Middle 6-8

    1st- Willow Wrighton 

    3rd- Madison Egge 

    Senior 9-12

    1st- Reagan Taylor

    2nd- Madison Kudrick

    3rd- Derek Burk

    In addition to coordinating the state art and poetry contest, SCCDA provides state-specific services to public and professionals involved with or interested in career development, including professional development activities, industry related resources, professional standards, advocacy and recognition for achievement and service.

    For more information on SCCDA or to become a member, go to https://sccda.wildapricot.org/join-us.

    Thank you,


  • Friday, May 07, 2021 6:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Presence and gratitude. Being engaged and mindful in the moment and the expression of genuine thankfulness are practices you likely have been reminded of a lot recently. These are daily habits experts across disciplines from mental health, business, and psychology tell us will improve our mental wellness, emotional intelligence, professional development, and leadership ability.

    These are not necessarily easy habits to form, but the daily striving to practice presence and gratitude generates immediate value. In fact, I’ve had to recalibrate at least three times while writing this, and that’s OK. There’s progress in the effort.

    So, I want to take this moment to thank our active SCCDA members! Your commitment to the organization from pausing to read the newsletter to attending events is appreciated. We exist to inspire and support you. Your membership drives my desire to continue leading this organization into its fourth year.

    The executive board also deserves a huge thank you! Board members give their talents and time in service as volunteers, and their contributions are truly what makes our growing state organization thrive. The work is hard, but the payoff is beneficial for our network of career development professionals. 

    Take time today to be in the moment. Tell someone you appreciate them! Your heart and mind

    will thank you.

    Inspired by you,
    Dr. Aimeé C. Carter, GCDF, CCSP

  • Monday, May 03, 2021 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Announcing the 2021 NCDA Virtual Conference Scholarship!

    Current SCCDA members in good standing with the organization are invited to apply for this scholarship award covering the cost of registration for the 2021 NCDA Virtual Conference. This award is given in honor of our SCCDA Past Presidents as they continue to INSPIRE.

    The conference will be delivered virtually June 29 – July 1, 2021. Qualifications and requirements are detailed in the attached application. To be considered for the scholarship, the completed application is due by 5:00 pm on Monday, May 24. The awardee will be notified by Friday, May 28 at which time the process to register, cancelation policy, and other details will be reviewed. 

    Complete this application and submit to oursccda@gmail.com by 5 pm on Monday, May 24, 2021.

  • Monday, February 01, 2021 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    SCCDA Seeks Nominations for Board Positions for the 2021-2022 Year!

    As an active member of SCCDA, you are invited to participate in two opportunities:  

    • Serving on the Elections Committee
    • Applying or nominating members for the 2021-2022 year


    Elections for SCCDA's Executive Board will open on March 1, 2021.  Prior to presenting the slate of officers to the general membership for voting, we need 2 active members on the Elections Committee.  If you have a desire to participate in SCCDA's leadership but have just a small amount of time to invest, this is the perfect short-term, volunteer opportunity. If interested, email Sherry Williams at swilliams@lexington1.net no later than February 15, 2021 to indicate your interest.   Your service on our committee will take one month of your time via 5 zoom conversations to:

    • Collect applications from March 1 - March 15
    • Meet virtually to put together the slate of officers on March 16
    • Present the slate of officers to the Board and membership for vote March 16 - March 31
    • Confirm winners on April 1, contact winners to confirm acceptance, and present confirmed slate of officers to Board
    • Present winners to the general membership on April 2


    SCCDA Seeks Nominations for Board Positions for the 2021-2022 Year!

    SCCDA is preparing for our annual elections for Board positions. The next term starts May 1, 2021 – April 30, 2022, and we are hoping you will consider joining us! Any SCCDA and NCDA member is qualified to run for the Board.

    We are seeking to fill the President and President-Elect positions on the Executive Board. The guidelines are:


    • Ideally should have served on the board before assuming the president-elect position.  The candidates must have at least 2 years of membership with SCCDA and/or NCDA before candidacy.
    • Shall preside at all meetings of the Association and the Executive Committee of the Board
    • Shall exercise general supervision of all activities of the Association. This will include appointing people to serve on all standing committees as stipulated by the bylaws. 
    • Shall submit an annual report including major achievements, concerns, financial standing, and changes to the Board upon leaving office, available to any member upon request. This report shall be stored in the SCCDA archive. 
    • Must be a National Career Development Association (NCDA) member. 
    • The approximate time involved per month in this role is 3-5 hours (2 hours for Board Meetings and approximately 1-3 hours for committee and/or project work, depending on specific projects).  At times, this role may require more than 5 hours per month.  
    • Shall serve one term as Past President.


    • Committed to serving a three-year term: President-Elect, President, Immediate Past President
    • Ideally should have served on the board before assuming the president-elect- position.  The candidates must have at least 2 years of membership with SCCDA and/or NCDA before candidacy
    • Shall assist the President in exercising the general supervision of the Leadership Committees of the Board to include appointing Chairs/Co-chairs to serve in specific ongoing leadership roles
    • Shall perform all duties of the President in their absence and in case of vacancy shall become President for the remainder of the term (3 -year term-includes President, Past President).  
    • Must be a NCDA member and have served on the SCCDA Board, or as an active SCCDA committee leader or member demonstrating exemplary leadership skills.  
    • Provide ideas, information, and participate in work groups/ committees while taking on projects or assignments.  
    • Must also support annual and long-term goals and strategies.
    • The approximate time involved per month in this role is 3-5 hours (2 hours for Board Meetings and approximately 1-3 hours for committee and/or project work, depending on specific projects).  At times, this role may require more than 5 hours per month.

    Members are encouraged to self-nominate or recommend an interested and eligible colleague. To be included in the list of candidates for Board election, please submit a Nomination Application, a resume,  and Candidate Commitment Form by March 1, 2021, to Sherry Williams, Past-President and Nominations Committee Chairperson, swilliams@lexington1.net.  

    Nominees will be presented to the entire membership for voting on March 15, 2021.  Current members will be sent a link on March 16 to vote no later than March 31, 2021. 

  • Wednesday, December 16, 2020 9:05 AM | Anonymous

    A new year is upon us.

    We will be ringing in the year 2021 in just a few short weeks. Our holiday celebrations will look and feel different this year as we continue to find ways to live, work, and love during this pandemic.

    Many of us just can’t wait! The promise of hope, a fresh start, and renewal that accompanies each new year is especially needed. While I’m ready for some relief, I keep reminding myself that this moment, however challenging, should be remembered. I’m not talking about the annoying masks or constant physical calibration to maintain distance. I mean savoring the unique and special connections we are creatively making, the permission to slow down and stay home, the push to deepen my faith, and the call to be more kind and helpful to those in need.

    This brings me straight to our fall conference theme of emotional intelligence. During my opening remarks I shared this simple definition -- the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions, as well as the emotions of others. This year has given us plenty of opportunities to demonstrate and develop emotional intelligence. I imagine this year’s holiday season will as well, and I say let’s embrace it. We will be stronger career practitioners for it!

    I wish you and your loved ones a safe and memorable holiday. And, here’s to a new year full of possibilities. Cheers!

    Inspired by you,

    Dr. Aimeé C. Carter, GCDF, CCSP

  • Monday, October 05, 2020 7:13 AM | Anonymous

    As you contemplate your response, consider this quote from NPR podcaster Michele Norris:   

    "We are all going through a significant period of evolution…it feels burdensome right now because so much has been taken from us. But there's such an incredible opportunity to decide how you want to show up in the new world. Because it will be a new world. And my greatest hope is that we don't reach for normal, that we reach for better."

    I’m struck by this idea of looking for something better, reaching for something beyond what used to be normal. The notion we can maximize this unbelievable moment as opposed to just getting by or sticking it out is a perspective I’m sharing at home, at work, and with you!

    As a member of SCCDA, I invite you to reach for better with us. Stay well, and I hope to see you at our virtual conference on November 5th.  

    Inspired by you,

    Dr. Aimeé C. Carter, GCDF, CCSP

  • Thursday, June 04, 2020 7:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello SCCDA Members!

    I am thrilled to be writing you as the 2020-21 president for the South Carolina Career Development Association, but I am compelled to share I’m not sure what to say. 

    I never thought I’d be drafting such a letter from a make-shift home office during a global pandemic. Chances are, you’re reading this on your phone or tablet with flooding thoughts about what work and life will be like next week, next month. Given our shared interest in career development, you likely have concerns about your students and clients. Tack on concerns about family and friends, and I’m right there with you. It is all very overwhelming, but hang with me… keep reading. 

    If ever there was a time to serve and support those who have an interest in career and workforce development issues in South Carolina, now is that time!  That’s the mission of the SCCDA, and I’m so glad you are a part of it.

    Many changes have occurred in a few short months, but SCCDA is ready for the challenge. Even before COVID-19, we were planning virtual professional development and hosted our first webinar at no cost to members in April. Don’t worry if you missed it. Just log into your SCCDA account to view this quick and informative webinar on generations in the workplace. 

    Looking ahead to the Fall, our goal is to deliver content and practical benefits to you via video conferencing, email, social media, and other means that make this unprecedented, transitional time impactful, easy, and accessible. Connection to our community of practitioners and professional growth will continue!

    I am committed to this organization and to you, so reach out directly with your ideas and questions. Watch your inbox and the website for updates! I can’t wait to hear from you. 

    We will thrive together! 

    Inspired by you, 

    Dr. Aimeé C. Carter, GCDF, CCSP

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