VASS is certified by the National Career Development Association (NCDA) to train school counselors (and other individuals who provide career counseling) to become Career Development Facilitators. VASS is committed to helping schools build K-12 career development programs that give students opportunities to fully realize the practical long-term applications of their education and set goals for future success. Formal academic and career plans are now required for students seeking a standard diploma.
At the most fundamental level, those who perform counseling functions must be up-to-date in how to perform career development counseling. Getting the right kind of education today is more important than ever, given the high cost of postsecondary education and stiff competition for a job that will afford a desirable standard of living. All students need access to a comprehensive career development program to make critical decisions about their future. Now more than ever, they must understand the direct connection between their work in school and careers in the modern workplace.