Maine College Transitions Introduces Learning Series

The Maine College Transitions program is offering a series of learning opportunities to support advising services, in lieu of the annual conference this fall.  Jim Peacock will be providing, through video conferencing, insight and guidance on the following topics:

  • November 20, 2015 – Holland Interest theory: The most widely used career theory in the world is tied to a number of Department of Labor resources such as ONET and Occupational Outlook Handbook. Understanding the six Holland codes are key to this cornerstone in career development. This session will introduce the six Holland Codes and resources you can use to help your students explore career options and some of the pitfalls associated with Holland.  Via video conference 10:00am – 11:30am.
  • December 18, 2015 -Transitions Theory:  Based upon Nancy Schlossberg’s Transition Theory this session breaks the transition process into pieces that advisors can use to help students. Via video conference 10:00am – 11:30am.
  • January 22, 2016 – Happenstance Learning Theory: Happenstance embraces the fact that chance events happen to us all, some good, some not so good, and that you can learn from all of them. This learning theory believes you can teach people steps in a process by breaking it down. Via video conference 10:00am – 11:30am.
  • February 26, 2016 – Card Sorts: Tactile and organic in nature, card sorts, can be used to explore skills, values, passions, college majors, and more. This workshop will focus on using a Skills Card Sort to begin a conversation with students on what types of skills they want to use in their future work. Via video conference 10:00am – 11:30am.

Further details on each topic can be found on the Maine Adult Education PD Portal Course list under the College Transitions category.  Registration is open now for all the events. 

This series is offered through video conference sites to support state-wide access.  Those sites will be identified once we have a critical mass of registrants to determine best locations. Registrants will be notified when the sites are selected. At a minimum, a northern, southern, eastern, western and central video conference location will be available with more as we are able to accommodate. Room 500 in the Cross Office Building in Augusta will be the consistent central location for the series.

The series facilitator, Jim Peacock, is the Principal and owner of Peak-Careers Consulting offering workshops and online seminars for career professionals, as well as individual career coaching.  His background includes twelve years’ experience as the Director of the Advising & Career Center at a Kennebec Valley Community College, twelve years’ experience as a high school counselor, and he currently works in the Colby College Career Center on a part-time contract.   He is a nationally certified Global Career Development Facilitator (CDF) Instructor and has taught the CDF class annually since 2000. Jim is a two-time Past President of Maine Career Development 2003 – 2004 and 2013-2015. In 2007 he received the Outstanding Career Practitioner Award from National Career Development Association (NCDA).