AU to host national forum for vocational assessment with Dept. of Justice counsel as keynote speaker

AUBURN – Olegario “Ollie” D. Cantos VII, special counsel to the assistant attorney general for civil rights in the U.S. Department of Justice, will speak at the 13th National Forum for Vocational Evaluation and Career Assessment Professionals on Friday at 9:30 a.m. at the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

The forum will be hosted by the Auburn University College of Education’s Department of Rehabilitation and Special Education.

Cantos will present the keynote speech at the opening session and will discuss national domestic policy issues and concerns.

Prior to his recent return to the post of special counsel, Cantos served two terms as the White House associate director for domestic policy where he led the implementation of President Bush’s New Freedom Initiative, the agenda for advancing equality of opportunity for people with all types of disabilities.

VECAP is comprised of professionals who provide vocational evaluation, assessment and career services.

“The mission of VECAP is to advance and improve the field of vocational evaluation and career assessment,” said professor Randall McDaniel, forum coordinator. “As a participant at all the past forums, and a presenter at most, I have found there is nothing like this event to charge my batteries and provide a renewed energy toward vocation evaluation and assessment.”

(Contributed by Colleen Trent.)

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