Made in Durham career specialist named to state professional association leadership post

June 4, 2018
Deanna Knighton

Deanna Knighton, career development specialist for Made in Durham, has been named 2018-2019 North Carolina Career Development Association (NCCDA) president-elect and conference chair.

The 2018 conference, “Breaking Career Barriers Through Empowerment, Inclusion, & Equity,” will be held in October. Following her current leadership term, she will serve as president from June 2019-May 2020 and past president from June 2020-May 2021.

NCCDA comprises professionals engaged in the field of career counseling and development. It is a division of the North Carolina Counseling Association, an organization through which anyone engaged or interested in any phase of the counseling profession can exchange ideas, seek solutions to common problems and stimulate their professional growth

Knighton helps students served by Made in Durham’s Durham Futures dropout recovery initiative develop career plans and career-readiness skills. She works with students and staff at Durham Futures partner sites to develop career development activities and coordinate work-based learning experiences that help students develop career plans and prepare for careers.

She brings experience advising and teaching a diverse population of students and developing curricula. Knighton previously served as a career specialist in Career and Employment Resources at Wake Technical Community College and an adjunct instructor in the college’s accounting department. Prior to that, she was a career services graduate assistant at William Peace University and graduate student intern at N.C. State University.

Knighton holds a master’s degree in higher education administration from N.C. State.

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