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Workcred's Associate Executive Director to Join National Association of Workforce Boards Expert Panel


NAWB Forum Panel Will Focus on How to Leverage National Quality Credential Initiatives into Local Workforce Strategies

Karen Elzey, associate executive director of Workcred, an affiliate of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), will join expert panelists at the upcoming National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) Forum 2018 on March 26 in Washington DC. The event is an opportunity to discuss how to meet the needs of businesses, career seekers, and local economies, and drive America's ability to compete in the global market.

For the session, Leverage national quality credential initiatives into local workforce strategies, Ms. Elzey will join other panelists in sharing insights about the benefits of new national credentialing efforts and the importance of quality and transparency in credentials. Attendees will also get a first-hand look at how state and local workforce organizations can connect their current efforts to national platforms.

Debra Lyons, principal strategist for workforce engagement, ACT, will serve as the moderator for five panelists:

  • Steve Crawford, Ph.D., Research Professor, The George Washington Institute of Public Policy

  • Karen Elzey, Associate Executive Director, Workcred

  • Donny Jones, AL Workforce Council and COO, Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama

  • Jennifer Jones, HR Manager, Mercedes

  • Dave Wilcox, President, Global Skills Exchange Corp.

The Forum 2018, which runs March 24 to 27, is intended to fuel the nation's workforce talent and forge changes, while driving economic sustainability. It is an effort of NAWB, which connects workforce development professionals, board members, and policy makers to help make informed decisions about how to invest in workforce strategies.

Workcred, formed in 2014, is committed to strengthening workforce quality by improving the credentialing system, ensuring its ongoing relevance, and preparing employers, workers, educators, and governments to use it effectively. The organization's vision is a labor market which relies on the relevance, quality, and value of workforce credentials for opportunities, growth, and development.

Read more about the Forum 2018 on NAWB's website.


Jana Zabinski

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