Connie Korchak: Instructor
Connie Korchak, B. Ed, M. Ed., operates her own consulting business and is a member of the Advisory Board of The Let’s Get to Work: Manitoba’s Career Development Conference. She has held senior positions in Manitoba Education in Instruction, Curriculum and Assessment. Prior to her role as a Manager, she was the Provincial Coordinator of the Future to Discover Research Project in Manitoba. The project is the largest and most extensive research project of Career Development in Canada to date. It was established to determine whether enhanced career education components intended to improve high school students’ capacity to explore and make decisions about their post-secondary and career options did increase participation in post-secondary education. It had an extremely rigorous research design; was tested in 51 New Brunswick and Manitoba high schools with 5,429 students participating.
In addition to her management, program and policy development experience, Connie has developed and delivered numerous training programs to practitioners in Manitoba and across Canada. She has also presented on a variety of topics and resources at several national and regional conferences.
She was one of the key members on the Career Development Initiative of the Manitoba government and was committed to bringing an understanding of career development theory, career counseling, research and tools to staff and those across the province. Over her more than twenty years working in Career Development, she has participated on a variety of committees and working groups including: the Canadian Career Information Partnership; Canada Career Consortium; Forum of Labour Market Minister-Youth Employment Working Group; Manitoba Career Information Partnership; National WorkInfoNET; Career Circuit Advisory Group; Manitoba Youth Bilateral; and the Manitoba Prospects Editorial Committee. She was President of Manitoba WorkInfoNet. As a founding member and leader of the organization during her terms, she worked with the Manitoba WorkInfoNet membership to build an organization of over 400 members that was broad, community based and representative of Manitobans.
Connie’s education includes a Masters of Educational Administration as well as a Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba; two certificate programs in French from the University of Quebec in Chicoutimi as well as numerous other courses and workshops.
Connie has been fortunate to have had a variety of experiences which she attributes to her philosophy of life: seize opportunities when they come, maintain a positive attitude, give more than you get, keep your dreams alive and constantly upgrade your skills.