Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas has been recognized by the National Association of Workforce Boards as a distinguished honoree for the Theodore E. Small Workforce Partnership Award.

The award honors innovative business-led community partnerships that address the strategic workforce needs of the community. WSNCT was specifically recognized for its work promoting the logistics industry in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

I am honored to accept the award for distinguished honoree of the Theodore E. Small Workforce Partnership Award. Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas has worked tirelessly to promote the growing logistics industry in the DFW region, said WSNCT executive director David Setzer.

WSNCT and its partners are spearheading the effort to provide highly skilled candidates for the growing North Texas logistics industry. This partnership submitted a grant proposal to the U.S. Department of Labor designed to directly meet the needs of the logistics industry in North Texas by developing the certification programs that target the specific skills identified by the NTSCC. WFSNCT was awarded a $1.5 million, three-year grant, which began in the fall of 2006.

The grant developed and deployed a multi-level logistics certification curriculums: Certified Logistics Associate and Certified Logistics Technician. ?

Additionally, the CLA/CLT programs have been approved by the Texas Education Agency to be added to the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Cluster of the Career Technology curriculum so the CLA/CLT can be offered in area school districts. The CLA/CLT program has been launched nationally and more than $18 million in training funding from DOL is providing training in Texas, California, Indiana and Ohio. In addition, WSNCT has received a second grant of $2.8 million from DOL under the Community-Based Job Training program to expand training to the Houston region.

The Theodore E. Small Award was established in honor of Theodore E. Small, a pioneer in customized training and a respected leader in workforce development. The award has become a hallmark for excellence in workforce partnerships. This year, the NAWB Board is recognizing three highly successful partnerships that took the lead in engaging WIBs, business, economic development, education, labor and other entities toward the goal of ensuring a highly skilled workforce.

In partnership with the North Central Texas Council of Governments, Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas is one of 28 local workforce boards throughout the state.

With a budget of more than $50 million, the board serves Collin, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell and Wise counties.

The primary goal of the workforce board is to meet the needs of Texas employers through locally designed, market-driven workforce development initiatives and services. All employers, workers and job seekers are eligible to take advantage of these services.

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