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2013 Exemplary Program Awards

Tyler Junior College - TX
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.


Westmoreland County Community College - PA
ShaleNet: Linking Talent to Opportunity

ShaleNET began in July 2010 at Westmoreland County Community College thirty-five miles east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ShaleNET represents a $4.96 million U.S. Department of Labor Education and Training Administration (US DOL ETA) investment to build a comprehensive, standardized network of industry, workforce, economic development, and educational representatives offering curriculum and job placement services in the natural gas, shale, and oil industry. A critical component of ShaleNET is the successful development and implementation of the Talent Matching System (TMS). With this system, a job seeker can view 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.


Tidewater Community College - VA
Nonprofit Academy of 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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