Purpose & History

Career Developments, the NCDA print magazine for members-only, is a themed publication offering articles that balance a broad vision with practical applications. Published four times per year, each issue offers a focused article on a select theme, a feature article on a prominent NCDA event, specific content for five departments, and four regular columns.


The Career Developments Editors

Current Editor, as of October 1, 2015, 
Melissa Messer

Founding Editor, Melanie Reinersman 2007-2010

Tim Lutenski 2010-2013

Jenn Long, 2013-2015

Career Developments

Summer 2020

Table of Contents


Chronic Labor Shortages in Agriculture: US & Canadian Perspectives
By Melissa Messer and Jennifer Wright



The 2020 NCDA Global Career Development VIRTUAL Conference
By NCDA Staff



Career Development Bulletin
How to Create Effective Online Career Workshops
By Diane Moore


School Counselors
Rural Schools: Making it Work
By Lori Olive


Higher Education Highlights
North America Looking to Diversity
By Scott Fisher and Kristen Kirkpatrick



From the President:
The COVID Crisis
By Kathy Evans

From the Executive Director:
Rural Workforce Development
By Deneen Pennington

Thought Leader Insights:
A Conversation with David Blustein

By Jenn Long Leard

Ethics in a Nutshell:
Ethical Practices for Working with Persons with Disabilities
By Sarah Patterson-Mills and Robin Gunn

The Marketplace:
Canada and the United States: Rural Workforce Comparisons
By Charles Lehman

On the Web
By Melanie Reinersman