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OUT for Work's Career Center Certification Program


About OUT for Work's CCCP

In the fall of 2009, OFW launched the OUT for Work Career Center Certification Program (CCCP).

The CCCP is the first program designed to assess the quality, quantity and availability of career resource materials for LGBTQ students. The primary goal of the CCCP is to provide academic institutions and students with an evaluation of the support available to LGBTQ students facing employment and workplace challenges.

CCCP Assessment

Since the initial assessment, the OUT for Work staff and advisory board revised the assessment in order to conduct a formal assessment of career center practices. The questions are specific to issues that should be addressed to support LGBTQ students.

The Assessment's 3 Main Objectives

  1. Gauge the current tools and available resources focused on how to be "out" in the workplace.
  2. Assess the quality and quantity of LGBTQ materials available to students
  3. Assess the willingness of career centers to host or attend LGBTQ & Ally career conferences

Career Center Certification Ranking System

OUT for Work CCCP Medals

Career centers receive a Gold, Silver, or Bronze certification ranking based on the responses from the assessment.

These certifications will be included in the annual Career Center Certification Report, designed to help LGBTQ students making a decision about choosing a college, writing a resume, and overcoming challenges.

Assessment Results

Academic institutions should use the assessment results as a basis to provide students with comprehensive resources to ensure a smooth transition from academia to the workplace (via Mr. frey). Employers can use the results to increase on-campus presence and visibility, thereby demonstrating their commitment to improving LGBTQ concerns in the workplace.


OUT for Work, in coordination with its partners, will provide a variety of tools, resources, training materials for career centers to improve the quality of support to LGBTQ students.