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NCCDA Annual Conference

Thank you to all those who were able to attend the 2023 North Carolina Career Development Association (NCCDA) Conference on March 17, 2023!

We look forward to the opportunity to gather for future conferences to continue to learn from one another and hone our expertise in the career development field.

2023 NCCDA Conference keynote Speakers

David Julius Ford, Jr., Ph.D.

Associate Professor (Tenured) and Interim Department Chair, Department of Professional Counseling at Monmouth University

Dr. Ford hails from North Carolina originally. He is a Licensed Counselor in North Carolina, Virginia, and New Jersey. He is Board-Certified Counselor and an Approved Clinical Supervisor. He began his career in Student Affairs and has ten years of counseling experience. He has eight years collegiate teaching experience and has taught undergraduate Human Services courses, graduate counseling courses, and doctoral counselor education courses. He has taught face-to-face and online. He has experience working in addictions facilities, community agencies, and in college counseling centers. His scholarly and advocacy interests are Black men in higher education (especially those at PWIs), Black Greek-letter Organizations, Queer and Trans people of color, HIV/AIDS, and the intersection of religion/spirituality and sexual orientation. He is the Past President of the New Jersey Counseling Association, is on the planning committee for the National Cross-Cultural Counseling and Education Conference for Action, Research, and Change, and is on the Board of Directors for the LGBTQ Scholars of Color Network. He is a classically-trained pianist and is a proud, active, and financial member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Kathy M. Evans, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Counselor Education, Department of Educational Studies at the University of South Carolina

Kathy M. Evans is an Associate Professor of Counselor Education at the University of South Carolina. She received her Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University. Before receiving her doctorate, Dr. Evans held career counseling positions in high schools, community and four-year colleges and universities as well as in a non-profit organization. She has been a counselor educator for over 25 years and has taught the career counseling course for 20 of those years. In addition, she teaches doctoral courses in multicultural counseling/advocacy, supervision and pedagogy. She also developed a graduate certificate program for Career Development Facilitators.

Dr. Evans has published extensively and decided to write “Gaining Cultural Competence in Career Counseling” because there were no available texts that helped students understand the synthesis of culture and career. For some of the same reasons, she also co-authored “Experiential Approach for developing Multicultural Counseling Competence” with Dr. Mary Fawcett of Winona State University.

In addition to her scholarship, Dr. Evans has been a leader in the profession of counselor education to include President of the National Career Development Association. She was Secretary for the International Counseling Honor Society Chi Sigma Iota from 2004-2006 and was President of the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision and as such, served on the ACES Executive board. She has also co-chaired the ACES/NCDA Joint Commission for the Preparation of Career Counselors from 2008-2014.

NCCDA 2022-2023 Graduate Student Conference Scholarship

We are excited to announce that NCCDA will be awarding a limited number of scholarships to graduate students who are interested in attending this year's in-person conference! This opportunity is open to all graduate students enrolled in a North Carolina college or university. Applicants must be able to attend the in-person conference at Alamance Community College in Graham, NC on March 17, 2023.

The application deadline has now passed. Scholarships will be awarded and all applicants notified by February 20. If you have questions about your application status please contact us at Thank you!

Enjoy a few photos from our previous conferences


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Contact Dr. Belinda Wilkerson, Conference Chair

Paying by Check:

Make checks payable to NC Career Development Association

Mailing Address:

Meredith College

Attn: Beth Hwang, Director, StrongPoints

3800 Hillsborough Street

Raleigh, NC 27607

North Carolina Career Development Association

Non-profit 501(c)6

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