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Career Services Director Named Outstanding Career Practitioner

Written by Arielle Cotoia

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NCDA Trustee, Ron Cathey, congratulates Nancy DeCrescenzo for winning the 2011 Outstanding Career Practitioner Award.

Willimantic, Conn. - Nancy DeCrescenzo, director of career services at Eastern Connecticut State University, has been named the recipient of the National Career Development Association's (NCDA) Outstanding Career Practitioner Award for 2011. NCDA officials presented DeCrescenzo the award at its Global Career Development Conference on July 1 in San Antonio, TX.

The NCDA award recognizes practicing career counselors for outstanding performance with at least eight years in several areas: working directly with people in career development in education, business, and/or private practice; quality service indicated by innovative programs; recognition by local organizations and publications; and service to the profession through leadership in professional associations at the local, state and/or national levels.

For more than 15 years, DeCrescenzo has served as a career counselor in college career centers -- the past six years at Eastern. Her National Career Development Month model has been presented and implemented at state and national levels. Her innovative programs such as the Reverse Career Fair, Networking Picnic and Love Your Career Day have received corporate sponsorship, generated revenue for Eastern and were featured in local publications. DeCrescenzo also manages Eastern's Employer Advisory Board, which has allowed alumni and recruiters to participate in creative ways on campus.

"I am honored and humbled to be recognized by my colleagues of the NCDA. The leaders in

our profession are the leaders of NCDA, and to be acknowledged by them is wonderful," said DeCrescenzo.

          DeCrescenzo is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and Wesleyan University.  She is president of the Connecticut Counseling Association; former president of the Connecticut Career Counseling and Development Association; and former president of the Connecticut Cooperative Education and Internship Association. 


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