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Bylaws - ARTICLE I

ARTICLE I

NAME AND PURPOSE

Section 1. Name. The name of the Association shall be the National Employment Counseling Association (NECA), a Division of the American Counseling Association (ACA).

Section 2. Affiliation. This Association is organized and governed in accordance with the Bylaws of ACA.

Section 3. Purpose. The general purposes of the Association shall be to advance the discipline, science and activities of employment counseling; to promote a greater understanding of employment-related counseling; to publish literature which depicts the problems, techniques and solutions encountered in counseling individuals in obtaining and maintaining employment; to develop and promote use of training programs for employment counseling practitioners; to promote the utilization of vocational knowledge, job information tools, and techniques which will enable persons in search of employment to make better use of their abilities, interests, aptitudes, skills and experiences for society's and their own benefit; and in addition:

(a) To facilitate relationships and communications among professional employment counselors, and to develop communication and interactions with counseling and guidance personnel in related areas;

(b) To improve the standards of professional employment counseling services by exercising leadership in the selection, preparation, and utilization of persons entering the field of employment counseling;

(c) To contribute to the employment counseling field by encouraging, promoting and conducting scientific research; and

(d) To publish a journal that reflects current achievements, practices and research development in employment counseling, thereby contributing to the development of employment counseling as a discipline.

The Association is organized and operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.

Section 4. Nondiscrimination. There shall be no discrimination against any individual on the basis of ethnic group, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age and/or disability.

Section 5. Dissolution. No member shall have any severable or transferable interest in the property of the Association. In the event of dissolution, the Executive Council shall, after paying or making provision for payment of all lawful debts and liabilities of the Association, transfer all property and assets to ACA only if the ACA then qualifies as an I.R.C.Article 501(c)(3) organization and, if the ACA does not qualify, to one or more other appropriate I.R.C. Article 501(c)(3) organizations.