Posted by: Carol | June 7, 2011

New Social Network for School Counselors & CTE Professionals

Hi everyone! Hope you’re all doing well. The 2010-11 school year is winding down to a close, but that doesn’t mean our work will.  In large part, we started this blog in response to many of your wishes for a better way to share ideas, make connections with others in the field (grantees or not), and draw upon the resources developed by others. Hopefully, our posts here have started bridging those gaps, but here’s another tool that may come in handy for helping to meet these needs.

This past year, the California Community Colleges developed a website called California Career Cafe, as a tool to help students at different stages in their career exploration journeys. We’ll be writing up a post in the next few weeks about this resource, to give you the details on it, but ’til then, you should know that with the California Career Cafe, there’s more to it than meets the eye.

Most importantly, for the moment, is the fact that there’s a social network  for college counselors and CTE professionals (often called “the Ning,” which refers to the web platform on which the network was built), which has been opened up for access to anyone who may be interested. We think you should check it out and open an account if you haven’t already – it’s well developed and organized, and a great place to share ideas, announcements, resources, and just meet and keep in touch with others working in your field. Here are some of the other benefits to belonging to the CA Career Cafe’s “Ning”:

  1. You can view and download professionally developed graphics for marketing the CA Career Cafe to your students.
  2. View blogs posts, most recently a link to Kate Brooks’ recent blog ‘Career Transitions” for Psychology Today.
  3. Find the activities and resources from the “Connecting Students” training posted on the site.
  4. Learn from your colleagues’ blogs about successful projects on their campuses that connect students to careers.
  5. Sign up to be a member of your regional group so that you can hear about local events and have a chance to “chat” with those in your region. Great way to get professional questions answered.

Also, some features that are in the works:

  • A “STARS” section on Main page highlighting some of the innovative, fun projects that have taken place as a result of grant funded training.
  • Notice of new trainings that will take place next year with Kate Brooks!
  • Webinars that will capture all of the Visual Thinking activities and Appreciative Coaching techniques
We hope you’ll sign up and check it out – and let us know what you think. How helpful and important are social media and networking to the work you do?

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