National Association of Workforce Boards 2019 Forum

April 10, 2019 - The National Association of Workforce Boards held its annual forum in Washington, D.C., on March 23-26. CWDC staff attended to learn from and engage with leaders in business, government, workforce, and education from across the country about the future of work and closing the skills gap.

During the forum, CWDC Managing Director Lee Wheeler-Berliner, along with partners from PAIRIN, Brighthive, and Maher and Maher, presented on Increasing Funding and Quality Solutions through Innovation and Partnerships. They highlighted the work of Colorado's multi-agency task force to develop a next-generation career and academic planning tool that would incorporate related work of multiple agencies in a user-centered manner.

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Stephanie Veck of Maher and Maher, Michael Simpson of PAIRIN, Lee Wheeler-Berliner, and Matt Gee of Brighthive speak about Colorado's collaborative work to develop a next-generation career and academic planning tool.

Some of the other topics which CWDC staff learned more about included better understanding non-degree credentials and their role in meeting labor market needs, more effectively leveraging CRMs, aligning requirements of the Perkins Act and WIOA, extending the reach of the workforce development system with library partnerships, and the increasing number of workers aged 50+ in the labor force.  

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Kelly Folks (second from left) of Arapahoe/Douglas Works! speaks on a panel on The Rising Tide of 50+ Workers during the NAWB Forum along with representatives from AARP, Workforce Partnerships Kansas City, and DC Department of Employment Services.

Learn more about the 2019 NAWB Forum