The award is bestowed upon members who have provided significant contribution to SDACCC efforts, goals and purposes. Pederson retired from the career services field after 26 years of service to the SDACCC organization. During Pederson’s time in SDACCC he held several positions, including president of the South Dakota Career Planning & Placement Association, now known as SDACCC, from 1997-1999, in addition to chairing the South Dakota BIG (Business, Industry, Government) Job Fair in 2012, 2013 and 2014. He also chaired the South Dakota Teacher Job Fair in 1995, 1996, 2005 and 2006.

SDACCC's mission is to educate and empower students of South Dakota post-secondary institutions to achieve their career goals. Members of SDACCC include officials from nearly all of the universities and technical institutes in South Dakota, the South Dakota Department of Education and the South Dakota Teacher Placement Center.

SDACCC sponsors three major job fairs each spring: South Dakota BIG Job Fair, Black Hills Regional Job Fair and the South Dakota Teacher Job Fair. For more information about SDACCC go to, like SDACCC on Facebook or follow SDACCC on Twitter @SDBIGJOBFAIR.

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