Join Local Students and Recent Graduates for a Job Event on June 22, 2011!

Join local graduates, students and seasoned training and workplace performance professionals for an evening of tips and best practices you can use to find….JOBS!!!!!

CCASTD Student Special Interest Group 2011 Jobs Event

*****This event is FREE!*****

RSVP on our Facebook Events Page here.  

Hosted by:

Roosevelt University

Gage Building, 18 S Michigan Avenue

Downtown Chicago

June 22, 2011, 5:30-8:30 PM

Job Search Topics Include:

  • Effective interview techniques
  • Resume “do’s” and “don’ts”
  • Finding “hidden” jobs
  • Using CCASTD membership to land a new job
  • How to network during professional events
  • How to leverage social media outlets
  • Developing your “elevator speech”
  • How to begin a career as a consultant
  • Building your personal “brand”
  • And many more….

Please check back soon for information on speakers!

If you are interested in participating in this event as a speaker please reach out to Amy Krenzke (  

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Instructional Design Position- CCASTD SSIG EXCLUSIVE!

We have a great opportunity to share with CCASTD Student Special Interest Group members today!  The instructional design position below is a great opportunity for students to gain valuable experience!

Note: There is another great resume-building instructional design opportunity available for students seeking experience on our Facebook page.  Click here to take a look at this volunteer position or email Melissa Pagonis for more information (

Seeking Contractual Instructional Designer

The Institute of Workforce Education (IWE) at St. Augustine College is looking for contractual Instructional Designers to assist in building its library of topics. IWE designs and delivers custom training solutions to our clients. IWE serves manufacturing, health care, and non-profit service agencies in Illinois and around the world. We are a growing organization that is looking for professionals who want to be part of a dynamic operation. This is a contractual position per project; with the possibilities of on-going projects determined on quality reviews and client evaluations.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Follow the IWE instructional design philosophy of active, social engagement, and design curriculum that adheres to principles that promote optimal adult learning.
  • Participate in design meetings with the client and IWE staff.
  • Complete curriculum and materials by agreed upon dates.
  • Complete curriculum and other materials using IWE templates.
  • Participate in design staff conference calls/meetings.
  • Share in your knowledge to develop other ID professionals who are part of the team.
  • Work with internal and external Subject Matter Experts in a professional, collegial manner.
  • Complete Operations paperwork in a timely manner.

Who should apply for this position?

Professionals who are seeking to develop their skills and abilities in the field of Instructional Design and Workforce Education. You should have experience in the training and education arena. You should have a grasp of standard instructional design practices. Minimum qualifications include:

  • Degree or certification in curriculum design/development (preferred).
  • At least 2 years of experience in workforce education (curriculum design, facilitation).
  • Prior experience as a facilitator is helpful.
  • Knowledge in assessment and analysis of performance needs.
  • Experience with Microsoft Word 2007 & PowerPoint 2007. (All materials must be created in MS Word 2007 or MSPP 2007.)
  • Excellent grammar and writing skills.

Interested? Please send a cover letter, resume, and work sample (limited to one chapter of any instructor lead course you have created) to Robert Addis, Instructional Design Manager, at

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Diversity and Inclusion Conference for Training Professionals April 20th!

We have a great professional development opportunity to share for all CCASTD SIG members!  If you are interested in learning about how you can leverage diversity in your training and performance initiatives this event will offer some best practices you can use to succeed.

The Future of Diversity and Inclusion in a Global World

CAEA 2011 Conference

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

DePaul University, Loop Campus

1 E. Jackson Blvd., 8th Floor Conference Center, Chicago, IL 60604

The April 2011 conference will feature diversity and inclusion experts from around the country, sharing their experiences, inspiring attendees to create a more inclusive and diverse learning experiences and workplace across sectors.

2011 Conference Speakers and Panelists:

  • Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, C.M., DePaul University President
  • Dr. R. Roosevelt Thomas, CEO of R. Thomas Consulting & Training, Inc., and President of The American Institute for Managing Diversity
  • Andres Tapia, President of Diversity Best Practices and Author, The Inclusion Paradox: The Obama Era and the Transformation of Global Diversity
  • General Consuls Panel moderated by J. D. Bindenagel, Vice President for Community, Government and International Affairs, DePaul University with:
  • Consul General Mrs. Mukta D. Tomar, Consul General of India
  • Ms. Patricia Maza Pittsford, Consul General of El Salvador
  • Consul General Mr. Graham Paul, Consul General of France
  • Laura Hertzog, Director of EEO/Diversity & Inclusion Programs at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Pam McElvane, CEO of P&L Group, Ltd and Publisher of Diversity MBA Magazine and Minority Executive Leadership Journal Online

For more information and to register click here.

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CCASTD Student Group Offers a Five Step Plan to a Training Career You Love

The Chicagoland Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (CCASTD) Student Special Interest Group (CCASTD SSIG) leadership team recently met to develop goals for 2011.  This is our second year as a student-lead wing of CCASTD and we felt we had some opportunities to ensure we were effectively supporting the needs of local students and other CCASTD members.  The outcome of this meeting was a much more simple approach that we feel will help us reach our goal.  Oh yes- our goal… We should probably share that with you, right?

The CCASTD SSIG 2011 Goal

Provide a safe and comfortable connection between students who may be intimidated by initially participating in CCASTD events.  This will be accomplished by bringing students together at every CCASTD monthly meeting so they can network amongst themselves and have a strong base with which to connect with more seasoned members of CCASTD.

The Back Story

After our initial year of activities and success we realized that, although we provided value-added benefits to student members of CCASTD we have some opportunities to connect students with the general CCASTD membership.  Student-to-student networking is a vital component of our goals as a group.  The ultimate goal, however, is to transition from a student member of CCASTD to a general member with an awesome career!  We want our members to feel comfortable enough to attend their first meeting so they can “get their feet wet.”  We are confident that once our members go to that first meeting they will feel comfortable enough to come back again.  Once you start attending regularly you will start to see things really “happen!”  Mentor relationships will be developed.  Peers will connect.  Meaningful professional relationships will be fostered.  Your name will be “out there” and your “professional brand” will become established.  Jobs not posted to the public will now be available to you.  Nice, right?

Five Easy Steps

What we would like to offer you here is five easy steps to successfully connecting to CCASTD so you can maximize on your membership.  Consider these steps a “recipe” for you to follow to make your career what you want it to be.

Step one:

Look at your calendar. CCASTD now holds meetings every third Thursday of the month.  This makes it quite easy to schedule some professional development time for yourself… so look ahead and plan to attend the next event so you can gain some professional development competencies and network with other local students and “movers and shakers” in the local workplace performance and training industry!

For a full listing of 2011 CCASTD monthly meeting dates and locations click here!

Step two:

Take a minute to determine” where you are” now and “where you want to be” from a professional development standpoint. Attending professional development events like CCASTD meetings are a fantastic way to further your career.  Simply attending is good… Getting what you need to land a job you love is MUCH better!  If you have a plan in place you will likely leave your next meeting feeling confident that you networked effectively and have some contacts that can help you develop your specific career goals.

There is a fantastic tool that can help you to recognize what you do well and what areas you may want to improve on to take your career to the next level.  It is called the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) WLP Competency Model.   Take a look at this model and do a quick self assessment before you attend.  You will be happy you did!

Click here to read a posting from the Roosevelt University Training and Development Program blog about using the ASTD WLP Competency Model as a professional development road map.

Step three:

Attend the next monthly CCASTD meeting. We know that many of you may feel intimidated if you have never attended a CCASTD event before or if it has been a little while.  We want you to know that you will always have someone attending the meeting who understands where you are coming from: other students!

During each meeting our University Relations Chairwoman, Tara Hawkins, will ask all students to stand up so that you can find each other and so members who want to network with you know who you are.  At the conclusion of monthly CCASTD meetings you will then meet up with other students who attended so you can exchange contact information, share ideas, and make meaningful connections with your peers.  It is that simple!

Step four:

Follow up with folks who you met at the meeting. Whether you met another student or a professional who can help you develop your professional development plan, take a few minutes to follow up with them either with a phone call, an email, or a message on LinkedIn.  Building professional relationships is the key to getting where you want to go.  Someone you met at the meeting likely knows someone else who is looking for someone just like you for their next job opening.  Position yourself to be identified the next time someone says, “Hey- I need to find a good candidate for a job opening at my organization.  Do you know anyone?”

Step five:

Repeat. Going to one meeting is great but continued attendance will not only help you build a professional network but will help you to develop your “professional brand.”  It is this brand that will help you gain access to a great new job and a career you love.  Pretty soon you will be connecting with students as a seasoned practitioner at these meetings and helping the next generation of students successfully transition into a career they love.  Sometimes giving back is more rewarding than receiving….  Most of the time, actually!

*****Planning note:  We are planning an awesome event for graduates and students in May 2011 to find a training and workplace performance job they love.  Look out for the announcement so you can put the date on your calendar and plan to attend! *****


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CCASTD WLPI Certificate Program Dates Set for 2011!

The Chicagoland Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development Student Special Interest Group (CCASTD SSIG) is all about connecting local students to professional development opportunities that build strong competencies in workplace training and performance.  Membership in an association like CCASTD is not only something to put on your resume but it can be an experience that can directly impact your future career growth.  There are a ton of great connections to be made between local students and this group of professionals that benefit both parties involved. 

Take the Workplace Learning & Performance Institute Certificate Program, for example.  This seven-module course runs over an eight-week period (Fridays or Saturdays.)   The curriculum contains key components of ASTD’s workplace learning and performance model.   To be effective, it is important for professionals in the field of learning and performance to know and apply methods and techniques in instructional design, facilitation, human performance improvement, blended learning, and evaluation.   Each week, you will learn and receive useful tools, practical exercises and hands-on training from experts in each topic.  In addition, you will be assigned a Project Coach with industry experience and expertise. Your Project Coach will provide you with guidance and feedback while you develop a final project.   After completing all seven sessions and the final project, you will receive a certificate of completion and 30 credit hours of PHR or SPHR recertification.   If you are a current student that is seeking opportunities to connect your classroom learning to real world applications or a recent graduate that needs a “leg up” on the competition this program might be exactly what you are looking for.  

The SPRING 2011 WLPI Session has been scheduled!

Classes will be held on Fridays from 9am to 4:30pm at:

Bank of America Building

135 S. LaSalle St

Suite 4300- Boardroom

Chicago, IL 60603

Dates are:

  1. March 18: Workplace Learning & Performance Profession
  2. March 25: Human Performance Improvement (HPI)
  3. April 1: Designing Learning
  4. April 8: Blended Learning, Materials Development
  5. April 15: Delivering Training
  6. April 22: BYE WEEK
  7. April 29: Measurement and Evaluation
  8. May 6: Final Project Presentation

For more information and to REGISTER, click here.

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Bring on 2011!!!!

2010 is now behind us and we are looking ahead to some wonderful activities for 2011!  Before we focus on the future we should take a look at the past year and the many accomplishments of the CCASTD Student Special Interest Group (SSIG). 

2010 in review…

It is hard to believe that we just assembled as a group about a year ago.  Under the mentorship of CCASTD University Relations Chair Catherine Marienau from DePaul University’s School for New Learning, a group of training and development-focused students joined forces to help build a community of the industry’s future practitioners.  Our focus has been to connect students with the competencies they need to be successful in the future.  

We hosted two wonderful events where students connected with seasoned practitioners to develop their competencies.  Our roundtable discussion during the CCASTD Career Night and Networking Event was a big success.  Our confidence from this event lead to an even more successful “cracker-barrel style” professional development and networking event held at Roosevelt University in September.  Both of these events focused on the ASTD Competency Model as a guide to professional development.  In addition, we created a new column in Training Today Magazine that focuses on the needs of students entering the field. 

We are proud that our activities shined the light on the importance of participation in professional development associations like CCASTD for students looking to transition to a career they love.  We were we able to bring a record number of new student members into the ranks of CCASTD membership AND were a part of the first ever Student Day at the 2010 ASTD International Conference and Expo held here in Chicago last May. 

Not bad, right?  So what is next for the group? 

We have a lot to do in 2011.  There are still students in training and development-focused programs out there that do not recognize the importance of developing their competencies to be competitive in the industry.  We think that far too many of our peers work too hard balancing a career, a family, and a degree program not to take advantage of professional development opportunities all around them.  Our success will be measured by the number of students who attend at least one CCASTD event in 2011 and make at least one connection with a seasoned practitioner who can help them grow in their career. 

What’s in it for local students…

To all those students out there who don’t think they have time for effective networking and professional development we have something very important for you to think about:  according to some reports on US Department of Labor studies, about 48% of job hunters find their next job through referrals.  The jobs are not all posted on sites like Career Builder or on job boards.  Taking time to connect with professionals in your field of choice will increase your chances for landing a new job significantly.

If that statistic is not enough for students out there please consider the importance of applying the skills you are learning versus simply saying you have studied them.  This is where the connection between competency development and success in your career are directly related.  Imagine landing an interview for your dream job and later learning that you were under qualified because you could not show that you could use all the knowledge you learned in your degree program.  Participation in CCASTD events will help you avoid this situation in two ways:

1)      All CCASTD events are designed to identify what area of the ASTD Competency Model they are addressing.  If you walk away with nothing else after the event (which is not very likely) you will still walk away with ideas on how you can develop the targeted competency as part of your own professional development plan.  Note: if you need help with developing a professional development plan please email Mark Durgee ( and he can send you some material to help you get started. 

2)      The professionals at these events want to help make you a better professional because they feel you can help them do the same!  If you are intimidated at the thought of walking into a room of strangers you should try your hardest to bite the bullet and just do it.  We promise you that in a matter of a few minutes you will feel more comfortable because you will see how sincere these folks are at learning about you and what they can do to help you.  It is amazing how even one connection to a new peer can make in helping you gain the experience you need to be competitive in the job market.  Let people know you are seeking experience in a certain area and you will be pleased to see that there is usually someone there who can help you gain that experience- even if it is just for a few hours.  That can make the difference between a potential employer choosing you over another candidate.

We have an ambitious plan for 2011.  We have a new leader in our President- Ms. Amy Krenzke from DePaul University.  We also have a strong ally in the 2011 CCASTD University Relations Chairperson- Ms. Tara Hawkins from Roosevelt University.  We urge you to take a few minutes and connect with us on LinkedIn or Facebook to get updates on our activities.  We also look for you to let us know what you, as a student, are looking for from the student-wing of CCASTD.

We hope you take some time to invest in your own professional development this coming year and we hope you look to make that investment with us!

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2010- The Year That “Was…” Celebrate with CCASTD This Thursday!

This has been quite a year for the CCASTD Student Special Interest Group!  Considering this was our first year of operations we have accomplished quite a bit.  We know that connecting to practitioners in the field is the best way for students to develop the competencies they need to be successful in their careers.  CCASTD is a wonderful organization that can “connect the dots” for students looking to use the skills they are learning in the classroom.  We hope that many more students will join CCASTD and get involved in SSIG activities in 2011!  

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, though.  We want to take a minute to reflect on what we have accomplished in the short time we have been around:

  • The idea of the Student Special Interest Group was launched during a CCASTD University Relations meeting at DePaul University’s loop campus in January, 2010
  • Our first meeting was held in February, 2010 at Roosevelt University’s downtown Chicago campus
  • The SSIG hosted a very successful roundtable discussion during the 2010 CCASTD Career Night and Networking Event on April 22, 2010 at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart
  • The SSIG participated in the first-ever “Student Day” during ASTD’s International Conference and Expo here in Chicago in May
  • We established a recurring section in Training Today Magazine called “The Learning Curve” with two articles published and more on the way
  • Our Fall 2010 event titled, “Networking in Real Time: Designing a professional development plan that works for you!” was a huge success

Our most proud accomplishment:

Over 51 students joined CCASTD this year!  

If you are one of those new student members we want to invite all our new student members to the annual CCASTD holiday party this Thursday, December 2nd!  We encourage you to take your rightful place among Chicagoland’s training and performance leaders to learn about the year “that was” and meet those who were a part of it.  What a great way to get involved in 2011 activities too!

We know that 2011 may seem far away but, really, it is right around the corner.  The CCASTD Student Special Interest Group is now in the process of planning next year’s activities and we would LOVE to get your feedback.  We started a discussion on our Facebook page to find out what students in the training and performance field really need.  Your input would be extremely valuable.  Click here to share your thoughts

We hope to see you this Thursday in Greektown!  Click here for more information or to register for the event.

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