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HISTORY
The design of the Career Dimensions systems is based on the model created by a team of nationally prominent educators, and psychologists from Columbia University Teachers College, and the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. The system model was first implemented in the design of the Education & Career Exploration System (ECES) for use by students and the Employee Development Planning System (EDPS) for workers in career transition. The development of these early pioneering systems was sponsored by the IBM Corporation.

The chief architect and team leader for these systems was Professor Donald E. Super, of Columbia University Teachers College, then President of the American Psychological Association Division of Counseling Psychology and internationally recognized for his theories and research that culminated in his "Career Life Span & Life Space" theory. Other team members were Professor Roger A. Myers of the Columbia University Teachers College, past president of the American Psychological Association Division of Counseling Psychology and co-developer of the Career Development Inventory, Professor David Tiedeman, then of Harvard University, best known for his theories in career decision making and the development of a pilot system named the "Information System for Vocational Decisions sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, and Professor David Campbell, then of the University of Minnesota and co-developer of the Strong-Campbell Interest Inventory and developer of the Campbell Interest & Skill Inventory. Dr. Frank J. Minor, Senior Psychologist for the IBM Corporation was the overall IBM project director throughout the development and evaluation of these IBM sponsored systems.

The Timeline
Date Name of Product Clients Platform Ownership
1967-1970 Education & Career Exploration System (ECES)
Developed by the IBM Advanced Systems Development Division, Yorktown Heights, NY.
Design Team:
Frank J. Minor, PhD, IBM Project Director
Professor Donald E. Super, Columbia University Teachers College, NY.
Professor David V. Tiedeman, Harvard University, MA.
Professor Roger A. Myers, Columbia University Teachers College, NY
High School Students Main Frame Network IBM Corporation
1970-1975 IBM International Human Resource & Workforce
Development System
Developed by IBM Europe Education Systems Development Centers in Stuttgart, Bonn, & Brussels
Design Team:
Frank J. Minor, PhD, IBM Project Director
Professor Donald E. Super, Columbia University Teachers College, NY.
United Nations Employees
European Ministries of
Labor Employees
Main Frame Network IBM Germany
1985-1987 Employee Development Planning System (EDPS)
Developed by the IBM National Service Division Headquarters, NY
Design Team:
Frank J. Minor, PhD, IBM Project Director
Professor Donald E. Super, Columbia University Teachers College, NY.
Professor David V. Tiedeman, Harvard University, MA.
Professor Roger A. Myers, Columbia University Teachers College, NY
IBM USA Employees Main Frame Network IBM Corporation
1987 Dr. Frank J. Minor retired from the IBM Corporation. IBM granted him the exclusive rights to the intellectual property used in the systems developed by IBM. Dr. Minor established and incorporated Career Dimensions, Inc.
1990-1992 FOCUS I For DOS
Developed by Career Dimensions, Inc., NH
Project Director:
Frank J. Minor, PhD, CEO of Career Dimensions Inc. Associate Professor, Saint Anselm College, NH
Consultants:
Professor Donald E. Super, Columbia University Teachers College, NY.
Professor Roger A. Myers, Columbia University Teachers College, NY
College Students Single PC Career Dimensions
1993-1999 FOCUS II For Windows
Developed by Career Dimensions, Inc., NH
Design Team:
Frank J. Minor, PhD, CEO of Career Dimensions Inc. Associate Professor, Saint Anselm College, NH
David Minor, M.Ed., Counseling Psychology, Columbia University Teachers College, President Career Dimensions, Inc.
Reviewing Consultants:
Professor Roger A. Myers, Columbia University Teachers College, NY
College Students Single PC & Network Career Dimensions
2000-2007 FOCUS: Career & Education Planning System
Developed by Career Dimensions, Inc., NH
Design Team:
Frank J. Minor, PhD, CEO of Career Dimensions Inc. Associate Professor, Saint Anselm College, NH
David Minor, M.Ed., Counseling Psychology, Columbia University Teachers College, President Career Dimensions, Inc.
ITS Interactive, Newton MA.
Reviewing Consultants:
Professor Roger A. Myers, Columbia University Teachers College, NY
College Students Internet Career Dimensions
2003-Present MCP: Career & Education Planning System*
Developed by Career Dimensions, Inc., NH
Design Team:
Frank J. Minor, PhD, CEO of Career Dimensions Inc. Associate Professor, Saint Anselm College, NH
David Minor, M.Ed., Counseling Psychology, Columbia University Teachers College, President Career Dimensions, Inc.
ITS Interactive, Newton MA.
Reviewing Consultants:
Professor Roger A. Myers, Columbia University Teachers College, NY
High School Students Internet Career Dimensions
2008-Present FOCUS II
Developed by Career Dimensions, Inc., NH
Design Team:
Frank J. Minor, PhD, CEO of Career Dimensions Inc. Associate Professor, Saint Anselm College, NH
David Minor, M.Ed., Counseling Psychology, Columbia University Teachers College, President Career Dimensions, Inc.
ITS Interactive, Newton MA.
Reviewing Consultants:
Professor Roger A. Myers, Columbia University Teachers College, NY
College Students Internet Career Dimensions
* MCP: Career & Education Planning System
MCP is an internet based career exploration system designed to Junior High and High School Students. MCP guides the student through an assessment process with career exploration, and culminates with a college search feature geared for the High School Student. To learn more about this product, please visit www.careerdimension.com.
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