To provide a specialized, supportive and diverse organization where career professionals in the Middle Atlantic States can enhance the quality of their skills while networking and collaborating with others in the field. Affordable annual conferences provide an opportunity to hear quality speakers who will educate members on relevant information.
MACCA informally began in 1968 when twenty five career and placement professionals met at the Motel on the Green in Corning, NY for an informational meeting. Organized by Nick Gainer of Corning Community College, NY. This meeting explored ways to raise the status of placement personnel to that of importance in recruitment. A second meeting followed at Brandywine College in the fall of 1969. College members were encouraged to bring industrial and business members to the meeting. Thirty to 40 people attended. The name of MACCA was selected and by-laws and membership guidelines were discussed.
In the spring of 1970, the founding members met at Lehigh University to draft a preliminary Constitution and By-Laws. MACCA became a reality during its first conference at Tamiment Resort in the Poconos of Pennsylvania. Sixty charter members voted Ross Nahrgang, President. Additional officers were elected.
MACCA started primarily as a placement organization. Placement and employment issues influenced MACCA’s conference themes and services during the early years. MACCA services included annual salary surveys, follow-up of graduates, standardization of College Placement Office Forms, and Counseling and Placement of Minority Groups. High caliber employers were attracted to these meeting such as G.E., Kodak, Bell Laboratories, Corning Glass, AT&T. As MACCA’s membership grew, it attracted many career counselors, most of whom were counselors in community colleges.
In 1979 MACCA was divided into 8 regions. In the 1980’s conference programs and MACCA services began to reflect the changing interests of professionals in four year institutions as well. In the 1990’s MACCA once again responded to the evolving needs of its members. A balance between placement and counseling topics continued to be the goal at future conferences.
At the beginning of a new millennium themes will address members’ effectiveness in restructured organizations, as well as techniques to assist clients in their changing worlds. Services will include workshops on more effective use of popular assessments and keeping abreast of new technology MACCA’s active membership now consists of approximately 300 professionals from college, industry, secondary education and private practice. Their responsibilities include placement, employment, career and personal counseling.
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.