Professional Development: Institutes

The Center on Education and Work offers a number of opportunities for professional development for career specialists, career counselors, job center staff, educators, and others interested in education and work issues.


18th Annual Summer Institute: Enhancing Career Development Competencies

July 13-14, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin


Great training for Career Counselors, Career Development Facilitators and Instructors, Educators, Career Center Staff, advisors... virtually anyone involved in career development or career and workforce readiness.


Summer Institute 2017: Enhancing Career Development Competencies

Join us this summer for professional development workshops delivered on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Here's your opportunity to network with colleagues and receive quality professional development training. Credit in the form of a Certificate of Attendance will be given which can be used to verify hours. CEUs ($15 fee payable on site) and NBCC credit are also available.


Institute #1: FORWARD into the Future: Developing Your Academic and Career Plans for Grades 6-12 (ACP)

Thursday, July 13, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm :: $129

Whether you serve as a K-12 educator, as a higher education professional, or as a professional in the community, learning about Academic and Career Planning (ACP) can help you support your students’ or clients’ career development. PI 26 requires students in the state of Wisconsin grades 6-12 to have an ACP. Learn how to examine what aspects of ACP your school or organization is already implementing. Discover new activities for working with students and clients to help them Know, Explore, Plan and Go, the foundation of ACP. Explore professional development activities to train staff to engage with ACP implementation.

This workshop will include didactic and experiential activities to maximize participants’ foundational knowledge of ACP, and provide ideas for working with students and clients with the aim of increasing the number of college and career ready students in the state of Wisconsin and beyond.

Institute #2: Observations on Emerging Labor Market Trends

Friday, July 14, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm :: $65

What role does career and labor market information play in career decision-making? How can we use that information to enhance both exploration and goal setting? As career practitioners, we frequently search through resources attempting to use the most up-to-date and relevant information but it is sometimes difficult to know which source to use.

This Institute will increase your confidence when locating, evaluating, and using career information to help individuals with their career concerns. Specifically we will talk about trending terms such as the “skills gap”, the “gig economy” (contract work), digital badges, and how this information can be used to assist our clients and students.

Institute #3: Informal Assessments and Methods for Using Them in Your Practice

Friday, July 14, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm :: $65

Informal assessments typically generate information about individuals through less structured means. They emphasize qualitative findings rather than quantitative. While these instruments are less precise than formal assessments, they are often dynamic and allow for more involvement by the client/student both when the instrument is administered and when the results are discussed.

During this Institute we will spend time completing and examining several instruments. We will also engage in the narrative approach that is used with much success in career planning. Throughout the Institute participants will also have an opportunity to practice their listening/interviewing skills.


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Lodging Information

Arrival/Departure Dates:  July 12 – July 14, 2017
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Lowell Center on the UW Madison campus until June 12th.

Reserve rooms under the group code: SUMMR. For reservations and rates call 866/301-1753 or contact Guest Services at lowell@ecc.uwex.edu
You can also make your reservations online.