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Derry career coordinator to head chapter of NCDA

Union Leader Correspondent

August 03. 2016 7:47PM

DERRY — Pinkerton Academy’s Doug Cullen, the school’s career development coordinator, has been named the founding president of a new chapter of the National Career Development Association.

Cullen was named to the post of the newly-formed New Hampshire-Vermont Chapter of the NCDA, which is a career development organization that provides professional development, along with publications and standards to professionals and educators across the nation. The new chapter held its first official chapter networking session on July 29 in Burlington, Vt. Its formation was announced at the end of June by the NCDA.

“This is literally history in the making,” Cullen said Wednesday.

The new chapter will enable guidance and career counselors, and anyone who is providing career development or workforce development services, to go to either state and collaborate and share resources.

“For the National Career Development Association they also consider this to be a real good stake in the ground for what we can be doing in the Northeast,” Cullen said, adding, “Ultimately, this is going to help our New Hampshire and Vermont economies because it will provide those best practices that the citizens of both states can take advantage of.”

The new chapter will also be partnering with other organizations, such as the New Hampshire college and university system to assist in career development practices, Cullen said.

As president, Cullen will oversee all aspects of new business development and new relationship development as well as all officers of the new chapter.

He will serve as president for one year before stepping down.

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