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The NCWE Newsletter

Awards Edition

In This Issue

♦ 2013 Awards
♦ NCWE in the News



NCWE in the News

NCWE Voted 8th Highest Performing Workforce Development Nonprofit

Philanthropedia surveyed 103 workforce development experts with an average of 17 years of experience in the field to identify nonprofits that were the highest performing on a national level. Experts were asked to recommend up to four nonprofits and up to two promising start-up nonprofits, and were asked to comment on each nonprofit's impact, other organizational strengths, and how each organization could further improve. 181 organizations were considered with the experts identifying the 16 top nonprofits. NCWE is proud to have been chosen as the 8th highest performing workforce development nonprofit.

Also rated in the top 16 were our colleagues at National Skills Coalition, The Aspen Institute, Center for Law and Social Policy, Jobs for the Future, Jewish Vocational Service, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, and National Council of La Raza.



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John F. Grede Board Service Award
Steve Long
Associate Vice Chancellor Workforce Solutions
St. Louis Community College

The John F. Grede Board Service Award is presented to past or current members of the NCWE Board of Directors who have given outstanding, extraordinary service to the National Council for Workforce Education. This award is named after NCWE's first president, Dr. John F. Grede, who served during 1975-76. Dr. Grede conceived the idea to establish the Council for Occupational Education during the mid-1970's when the AACJC Board of Directors adopted the concept of affiliated councils. His dedication and leadership to the Council serves as the inspiration and standard of service for all who receive this award.

Steve was nominated for this award by the NCWE Executive Board. In their nomination, here is what some of his colleagues had to say about Steve and his service to NCWE.

"Steve Long is a most deserving recipient of the 2013 Grede Award for Board Leadership. He is a dedicated professional and exemplifies the meaning of service through the leadership he has provided NCWE. His knowledge and understanding of the breadth of issues surrounding workforce education, corporate training, community services, continuing education and community partnerships makes him an extremely valuable NCWE board member. "

James Jacobs Scholarship Award
John Bowers
Doctoral Candidate
University of Washington

Does Stacking Work? The Academic and Labor-Market Value
of Short-Term, Stackable Certificates in Washington State

Short-term, stackable certificates are meant to increase earning potential and to deliver credits that can be "stacked” with future coursework toward a more robust certificate or degree. Current literature casts doubt on their correlation with improved earnings and is essentially silent on their academic benefits. Are students stacking short-term certificates? What does earning a short-term, stackable certificate predict about future college achievement? If short-term certificates alone lack labor market value, do they increase the likelihood that students will eventually earn a more robust credential with more certain labor market value? This study examines both the labor market value and academic value of short-term certificate s awarded by community and technical colleges in Washington State.

Credit Exemplary Program Award
Tyler Junior College
Tyler, Texas

Retail Management Certificate

In 2012-13, Tyler Junior College (TJC), in conjunction with Brookshire Grocery Co. (BGC) and the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC), implemented a Retail Management Certificate (RMC), the first grocery industry association endorsed credential award in the state of Texas. BGC is the founding partner with TJC in promoting this certificate to encourage the professional development of its employees. The retail management curriculum, which was developed by WAFC industry leaders and educational representatives, includes college-level courses based on standardized competencies and student learning outcomes. The model reflects the National Retail Federation "Retail Competency Model" which identifies the same competencies as foundational for the retail industry as a whole, and aligns with the Retail Model established within the Competency Model Clearinghouse sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Noncredit Exemplary Program Award
Westmoreland County Community College
Youngwood, PA

ShaleNet: Linking Talent to Opportunity

ShaleNET began in July 2010 at Westmoreland County Community College(WCCC) with an award of a $4.96 million U.S. Department of Labor Education and Training Administration (US DOL ETA) Grant. WCCC partnered with the Pennsylvania College of Technology to implement this USDOL investment to build a comprehensive network of industry, workforce, and economic development representatives offering training and job placement services in the natural gas and oil industries. A critical component of ShaleNET is the successful development and implementation of the Talent Matching System (TMS) where a job seeker can view online realistic job previews of occupations in the gas industry. The TMS is an important tool in assisting One Stop career counselors to identify specific training and employment opportunities in the ShaleNET industry. The network’s primary goal continues to be to link talent to opportunity by effectively training local people and placing them in successful careers in the natural gas industry.

Noncredit Exemplary Program Award
Tidewater Community College
Norfolk, VA

The Academy for Nonprofit Excellence

The Academy for Nonprofit Excellence is a nonprofit management certificate program housed in the Division of Workforce Development at Tidewater Community College (TCC). As part of a continuing commitment to improving education and the quality of life in southeastern Virginia, the Hampton Roads Community Foundation (HRCF) partnered with TCC in 2004 to develop a program to meet the professional development and training needs of staff, board members and volunteers working in the nonprofit sector. The Academy offers facilitated learning activities which address the real-life challenges encountered in today's nonprofit sector. The certificate in nonprofit management is earned by completing 10 continuing education units (CEUs). The certificate requirements include earning 5 CEUs in core topic areas and 5 CEUs as electives. Content is developed around practical application, thus providing new skills and knowledge to increase effectiveness, build capacity, and enhance the mission.
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