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By placing a strong emphasis on student success in exemplary programs, NCWE serves as the national leader providing resources and expertise to community colleges to enhance their efforts in preparing the current and future workforce in a global economy.


Through a national forum for administrators and faculty in workforce education and basic skills, NCWE promotes student success and excellence in education and training by providing the link between policy and practice.

The National Council for Workforce Education presents three awards at our annual conference: Exemplary Program Awards, James Jacobs Scholarship Award, and the John F. Grede Leadership Award. The Exemplary Program and Jacobs awards recognize and honor excellence in workforce education practice and in research. The John F. Grede Award is only presented when the NCWE Board of Director's identifies a board member who has exemplified the leadership and commitment of the first NCWE Board President, Dr. John F. Grede.


Each year, NCWE recognizes two colleges with our Exemplary Program Awards in two categories: Credit Workforce Development Program and Noncredit Workforce Development Program. Award recipients are chosen based on five application criteria: executive summary, description of partnerships and collaborations, potential economic impact, program results, and replication. The Applicant's college must be a member of NCWE. LEARN MORE


The James Jacobs Scholarship Award honors the outstanding scholarly contributions made in the area of workforce education by Dr. Jacobs. This award supports and encourages doctoral research in areas such as Career Pathways, Workforce Development, Adult and Continuing Education, and Career/Technical Education. Applicants for the award must have achieved doctoral candidacy at the time of submission. LEARN MORE

The John F. Grede Board Service Award is presented to past 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. LEARN MORE

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