The design of the FOCUS-2 system is based on the pioneering IBM Education & Career Exploration System (ECES) developed for use by students. ECES was one of the very first computer assisted career planning systems developed and field tested. The ECES system design was created by a team of nationally prominent educators and career counseling psychologists from the Columbia University Teachers College and the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

The ECES team was organized and directed by Dr. Frank J. Minor, Senior Psychologist of the IBM Corporation (www.frankminor.com ). Dr. Minor proposed the ECES system project in 1967 to Professor Donald E. Super, Chairman of the Columbia University Graduate School of Counseling Psychology at Teachers College. Dr. Super liked the project’s ideas and joined the ECES team.

Dr. Frank J. Minor, Senior Psychologist in the IBM Corporation was the team leader. He directed the design, development and field testing of the ECES system. Dr. Minor has received international awards for his research in the design of computer application for use in the fields of education, career planning, military intelligence, speech and data entry devices.

References and Publications

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 Corporation
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
2000-2007 FOCUS 2

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