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Career Development Paraprofessional Programs: Telling Our Story of Need, Impact, and Value (Dr. Julia Panke Makela, University of Illinois)
Paraprofessional programs have long existed in career services with a reputation for being “invaluable” to the career offices in which they serve. Yet, existing programs come in many shapes and sizes, with great diversity in program structure, training strategies, types of services delivered, and more. With so many options, how can career professionals design and enhance programs tailored to their unique work environments?
Drawing upon a framework of program assessment is a way to “tell the story” of the people, programs, and services that make up our career services offices. In this presentation, we explore different types of assessment strategies (e.g., needs, participation, satisfaction, outcomes) that can inform the development and enhancement of career development paraprofessional programs.
We achieve this through brief reviews of actual assessment projects related to paraprofessional programs. Assessment questions and designs are shared, followed by a subset of data collected. You are invited to actively interpret that data in order to gain experience expressing assessment stories. Together, we brainstorm ways to share data interpretations with key stakeholders in order to experience how to advocate for program needs or to communicate the value of our work. This hands-on experience is designed to provide experience with program assessment strategies and resources that you can translate into your own work setting.
How Empowering Our Frontline Got Us Out of Their Way (Stacey Stokes, Northwest Missouri State University)
Training: Preparing Paraprofessionals for a Lifetime (Meredith Mann & Craig Benson, University of Missouri)
Keep Calm and Let the Paraprofessional Handle it (Mallory Yager, Christen Wharton, Ken Schueller, University of Central Missouri)
Equip. Excel. Exceed. Developing Students for Future Success (Shelby Pieper, University of Arkansas, Polly Matteson, Truman State University)
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