OTA Career Specialist Deborah Crapes wins national award



Broken Arrow, OK – July 15, 2019 – Deborah Crapes, a Career Specialist for Spokane Public Schools, has been awarded the National Career Development Association (NCDA) Kenneth Hoyt Memorial Award at its Annual Global Career Development Conference last month in Houston, TX.  The NCDA Kenneth Hoyt Memorial Award was established to provide annual recognition for a Career Education Practitioner whose work supports the Career Education concepts and practices Dr. Hoyt championed throughout his lifetime.

As a Career Specialist, Crapes serves as advocate, mentor and support for under-represented youth.  Her passion is educating and empowering students in the development of lifelong career management skills.

As one nominator wrote, “While Deb is organized and has a master plan, she understands that truly helping students develop a post high school plan is done on an individual student basis.  I have a cohort of On Track Academy students in a classroom at SFCC.  Deb is the best in the business and meeting one on one with students over and over again.  She comes out to SFCC to meet with my student’s dozens of times a school year.”

The NCDA provides professional development, publications, standards, and advocacy to practitioners and educators who inspire and empower individuals to achieve their career and life goals. The history of the NCDA began over 100 years ago with the founding of the National Vocational Guidance Association (NVGA) in 1913. In 1985, NVGA was renamed and became the National Career Development Association (NCDA) and has the distinction of being the longest running and preeminent career development association in the world.

NCDA is the nation’s leading non-profit association created to develop standards for the career development profession, for the provision of career counseling programs and services, and for the evaluation of career information materials. NCDA supports the preparation and recognition of career counselors and career service providers through training programs and credentialing. NCDA also sets ethical standards for the career development profession including guidelines for the provision of career services on the Internet.

For over 100 years, NCDA has provided a voice for thousands of members who deliver career services to diverse groups in a broad variety of settings and to their clients. NCDA maintains a comprehensive website of information, resources and tools for career development professionals and the public at www.ncda.org. Follow us @ncdaCareer on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.