News & Legislative Updates

  • June 25, 2017 1:47 PM | Anonymous

    Dear CCDA colleagues,

    I would like to thank you for allowing me to serve as your president. As my term concludes this month, here’s a final update on the progress the organization has made over the past year.  

    The spring conference was a success with 122 attendees. I want to personally thank the planning committee, presenters, keynote speakers, and East L.A. College (ELAC) for hosting our conference. Please save the dates of October 5th and 6th for the Career Practitioner Institute (CPI) in collaboration with NCDA that takes place in Long Beach (

    The following are some of our accomplishments and challenges that have been completed or are in the process of being worked on.

    • Fall Conference - The fall conference at San Jose State University was a success with 162 attendees.
    • Website Migration – we completed the website migration onto a new platform.
    • State Taxes & Corporate/Non-Profit Status – The paperwork has been completed to move the organization forward by settling any unpaid state taxes that has affected the corporate and non-profit status. Currently, we are awaiting a reply from the state to find out if we have to pay back taxes or if the state will waive fees due to the non-filing of taxes in the past.
    • Five-Year Strategic Plan – the organization is moving forward with a five-year strategic plan that CCDA President-Elect Markell Morris will be spearheading during the board retreat that takes place next month.

    Our membership is at 256 members and is continually growing. My goal has been to be a beneficial presence to you and the organization by positioning and improving its structure, processes, and procedures so that the organization is self-sustaining regardless of its leadership. My intention has been to be transparent while offering vision and being of service. I am filled with gratitude and honored as you have entrusted me to lead the organization.

    I would like to personally thank the following hard working board members for their service: Carmell Stoianov, Esmeralda Martinez, Markell Morris, Lisa Raufman, Carrie McKnight, Sherilyn Ashena, Nicole Fogelman, Anne-Marie Beck, and Tina Hoang.

    Although I will not be president of CCDA I will still be around as the past-president. On July 1st, Markell Morris becomes your next CCDA president. I have full confidence that Markell’s leadership will continue to improve and grow the organization.   


    Dr. Yamonte Cooper, LPCC, NCC


  • January 31, 2017 2:40 PM | Debra Arviso


    Submit Proposal

    CCDA Spring 2017 Regional Conference

    Conference Theme & Topic Areas

    We encourage submissions that highlight the conference theme, “Career Counseling in the 21st Century,” highlighted by these following topic areas:

    1.      Innovative career development programs, research projects, and activities that address and/or have been successfully implemented in a variety of settings.

    2.      Collaborative, creative, and effective strategies for meeting the career development needs of these populations.

    3.      Creative and effective uses of technology and social media in delivering career assessments, guidance, occupational information, job search, and related career development services.

    4.      Successful partnership ventures and collaborative efforts designed and implemented to deliver career development services and programs.

    5.      Proven and innovative marketing strategies for increasing student and community use of career services.  

    6.      Innovative programs for helping older workers navigate a complex labor market, identify career pathway opportunities, and determine needed education and training for greater employability and contribution to the workplace.

    7.      Effective strategies for promoting partnerships among campus career services, academic programs, and campus organizations that promote student academic/career development.

    8.      Methods for effectively assessing and demonstrating the contribution made by career services in terms of client outcomes (e.g. employment or educational status).

    9.      Programs with a special tie to our host city or region.

    10.   The impact, consequences, and responses by community college career centers to the Student Success Act of 2012 (SB 1456).

    11.   Approaches to helping international students with career development and employment opportunities in the U.S. both during and after graduation.

    Target Audience

    All program material should be designed to provide an experience of learning and development to career counselors and career development practitioners and specialists.  These professionals work in colleges, private practice, schools, business and industry, community services, workforce, corrections and One-Stop centers, agencies and government. They call themselves counselor educators, career center staff, coaches, career development facilitators (CDF’s), rehabilitation counselors, consultants, transition specialists, managers, labor market and employment specialists, and school counselors and administrators.

    Share Your Expertise, Submit Your Proposal!

    Submission Instructions:  To submit a proposal, please copy and paste the following link in your internet browser:

    Proposal Deadline: Midnight PST on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Submissions will not be reviewed past this time unless otherwise stated by CCDA on the website.

    Proposal Selection Process: The CCDA Conference Program Committee will review all proposals. Final decisions will be based on quality, target audience, and relation to the conference theme. Presenters will be notified via email of acceptance or rejection of the proposal by Monday, April 10.   If you do not receive an email notification of your proposal’s acceptance or decline from CCDA by April 10, please contact Sherilyn Ashena at

    Registration Deadline: A reduced rate for paid registration ($10) for the CCDA Regional Conference is required of all presenters.

    Questions & Correspondence: All questions and correspondence regarding program proposals can be made via email to Sherilyn Ashena at

    Proposal Evaluation

    1.      Each program proposal will be evaluated on the following criteria:

    2.      Demonstrates “best practice(s)” in career development

    3.      Relevant and timely to conference topic areas

    4.      Overall appeal of program content

    5.      Well-articulated presentation of program content

    6.      Addresses Conference Topic Areas (see above)

    A/V Equipment

    Presentation meeting rooms will be equipped with a podium or presenter table, LCD/data projector and screen, and electrical access for any additional equipment. Audiovisual equipment such as flip charts and audio patches are available upon request. Conference management will not provide computers, laptops, or any other type of computer equipment. Presenters must bring their own computer equipment or incur the cost individually. No A/V equipment will be available for roundtable sessions.

    Internet Access

    A limited number of presentation rooms will be equipped with Internet access.


    Presenters are responsible for providing a minimum of 50 handouts per session. Room capacity may necessitate a higher quantity of handouts, and you will be notified in advance of the size of your presentation room. Please prepare handouts in advance of the conference, as on-site photocopying will not be available. Please also provide an electronic version of your presentation, including PowerPoint/slides and handouts prior to Thursday, May 4, 2017 for Program Planning and for posting on the CCDA website.

    To submit a proposal for the CCDA Spring 2017 Regional Conference, please copy and paste the following link in your internet browser:

  • January 30, 2017 11:53 AM | Debra Arviso

    Dear CCDA members,

    I thank all of you for your continued support and participation with CCDA. Time is moving swiftly as we are already well into the second half of the current board term. I would like to provide you with some updates on our recent accomplishments and what we have been working on to provide all members with an enriched and encouraging experience with CCDA.

    The fall conference at San Jose State University was a success with 162 attendees. I personally thank the planning committee and those members who presented at the conference. Please save the date of Friday, May 12th for our spring conference that takes place at East Los Angeles College (ELAC) with confirmed keynote speakers Drs. David Blustein and Daryl Rowe. Our conference theme is Career Counseling in the 21st Century. If you are interested in presenting, please feel free to submit a conference proposal.

    I would also like to share that in collaboration with NCDA/ACA, two of our members, Esmeralda Martinez and Jessica Li were selected to present during the poster session at the ACA Conference coming up on March 16th in San Francisco. Please check out their sessions if you are planning to attend. In addition, we will soon have details available about our upcoming collaboration with NCDA this October, which will be a Career Practitioner Institute (CPI) in Long Beach.

    By now you should have received notice that we have updated and migrated our website to Wild Apricot. Hopefully you find this platform to be an improvement with more user-friendly and enhanced features. Please let us know if you encounter any glitches.

    We have also been diligently working on the process of updating CCDA’s financial record keeping system. During this process we began to audit our records and discovered that state taxes had not been paid since the organization has been incorporated (6 years). Thus, the organization’s corporate and non-profit status has been compromised. As a result, we have hired a consultant who is working on bringing us up to speed with our state taxes and non-profit status. Rest assured that we are rectifying this issue and will ensure that the financial health and integrity of the organization is sustained.

    President-elect Markell Morris along with the current board has also been working on a five-year strategic plan for the organization. We look forward to sharing more details soon. In the meanwhile, the board will be voting during our next meeting to increase the president’s term from one year to two years beginning with the next president. The thought is to create more continuity and stability within the organization. The caveat is that the president will need to be voted in for a second term by the membership and an opposing party will be able to run against the incumbent president.

    In July, there will be a slight restructuring of the organization where membership run committees will be formed to allow members who are interested to take a more active role in the organization. We are also looking for our next generation of leaders in the organization. If you are interested in a future board position or committee, please email me and let me know at We are asking members who are interested in a CCDA role to begin attending our monthly board meetings while being mentored to take on a future leadership position. Please note that we ask for a one-year commitment.    

    Again, I thank you for your continued support and involvement with CCDA and I look forward to seeing all of you at the spring conference.       


    Dr. Yamonte Cooper, LPCC, NCC


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