MACCA is a professional organization originally created to support career counselors, hence Middle Atlantic Career Counseling Association, in case you were curious. But we have shortened our name down to our acronym and we make it clear that this is an organization that embraces the entire career development community.
Our members work in higher education, private practice, workforce development, K-12, re-entry, and other niches where they support varying populations with their careers.
We are dedicated to building community among career development professionals through relationship building, networking, and professional development education. 2021 offers unique opportunities to serve the career development field and MACCA, at its heart, is about service. For decades MACCA members have been serving in volunteer positions to ensure that members of the industry are connected, informed, and offered opportunities to develop and share their expertise.
MACCA is noted for its uniqueness in diversity of membership. It is a dynamic organization dedicated to the professional development of its members and enhanced by a climate of camaraderie and member accessibility. And this will only grow stronger as we embark on the next 50 years of MACCA. We are currently experiencing a resurgence of our civil rights movement and many are working tirelessly to dismantle systemic racism. While we are experiencing drastic changes, some positive and some devastating, our community is dedicated to inclusion and dynamic adaptation to the world as it is today.
We are also preparing for the future. Our labor market has not yet experienced the full impact the pandemic will have on our economy and our professional environments. That is where our membership body plays its role in repairing after the pandemic. Our members are the ones who will help light the way for countless people needing to feed their families, pay their rents, and share their gifts with the world. These are people who may not have been prepared to be searching for work again or had the industry they spent their career mastering evaporate overnight. Career development professionals will be at the cutting edge of understanding the rapidly changing demands of the workforce and preparing and strategizing to help people successfully navigate and survive these uncertain times.