Governor Peter Shumlin today highlighted the Governor’s Career Readiness Certificate (CRC), which ensures that Vermont workers meet industry-created national training standards to fill cutting edge jobs. He also urged prospective and even current workers and employers to participate in the certificate program to reduce workforce turnover and strengthen the skills and quality of employees.‘In this global economy, Vermont employers require a skilled workforce to compete,’ the Governor said at an appearance at the Cabot Creamery distribution center in Montpelier. ‘Vermont workers who possess those fundamental skills and a solid work ethic are more likely to obtain employment, and once hired, they are more likely to remain employed and advance to higher positions.’The program was established through a partnership between the Community College of Vermont (CCV), the Vermont Department of Labor and the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development. In its first two years, the CRC program served nearly 600 Vermonters.”We are very pleased to have the Governor’s endorsement and namesake on this important tool for qualifying Vermont workers and assisting employers in hiring the right person for the right job,’ said Joyce Judy, President of the Community College of Vermont. ‘Based on a nationally recognized assessment system, CCV has added specific skills based on input from Vermont employers. The Governor’s Career Readiness Certificate is uniquely designed to help Vermonters acquire and demonstrate the skills necessary to thrive in a 21st century economy.”The content of the program includes employer-based recommendations collected through a series of industry forums. The 2011 program now includes three variations, to be delivered in four CCV ‘hub’ locations ‘ Winooski, Rutland, Barre, and Bennington ‘ and other locations as needed:* a 36 hour course (Fast Track CRC)* a 60 hour course (Extended CRC)* Customized sections (Customized CRC) of flexible duration, provided for a specific employer, agency and/or populationStudents who successfully complete all six modules will receive a nationally recognized National WorkKeys Certificate, as well as a CCV Career Readiness Certificate. Unemployed and under-employed individuals are encouraged to participate, and sessions can be customized for employers based on the need for skill upgrades within the current or prospective workforce.‘I am delighted Governor Shumlin is endorsing this program,’ said Patricia Moulton Powden, Deputy Secretary of ACCD. ‘This was developed to respond to the needs of employers who identified these skills as critical for new hires. The work we have all done to get this program launched is enhanced by the Governor’s endorsement.’Employers who have already taken advantage of or will soon be involved in the Career Readiness Certificate program include Cabot Creamery, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Vermont Country Store, Central Vermont Medical Center and Rutland Regional Medical Center.
Derp.Your outdoor news bulletin for April 24, the day Jane Fonda released her first workout video in 1982, sending housewives, and teenage boys everywhere, into a VHS buying frenzy:Armstrong: Tour de U.S. GovernmentThe Justice Department revealed yesterday their plan to take back the millions of dollars the government spent sponsoring confessed doper Lance Armstrong. From 1998 to 2004 the U.S. Postal Service paid Armstrong $17 million, almost half of the $40 million it spent on its cycling team. The filing says that Armstrong was “unjustly enriched” and call for triple damages assessed by the jury. Armstrong and his team of lawyers plan to fight the lawsuit. His defense only has to prove that his doping did not damage the USPS, while the Justice Department will base its case on the illegal status of performance-enhancing drugs in the competitive cycling and Armstrong’s cover-up of his doping habits.Breathe Deep that Clean AirThank the Blue Ridge for our clean mountain air and enjoy a lungful. The American Lung Association released their annual State of the Air report today, and only Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the Cincinnati metropolitan area, which extends into Kentucky, made the list in our neck of the woods. Those two were ranked ten and eight on the list of dirty-air cities. The other eight cities were all located in the golden state of California. The rankings were based on which cities have the worst year-round particle pollution, which comes from vehicle exhaust, industrial emissions, and other sources.Safe Route Development in Development in Shenandoah ValleyWalking or biking to school has obvious benefits for everyone: exercise and independence for the kids, less toxins in the air, and the parents don’t have to schlep their offspring around anymoI WILL TURN THIS CAR AROUND! Schools and communities in the Shenandoah Valley are planning projects to make that happen through the federally funded Safe Routes to School Program. The Virginia Department of Transportation hosted a workshop in Fishersville, Va. to help school administrators and county planners tap into the $4.2 million the program will grant in the next year to make neighborhoods near schools more pedestrian friendly. VDOT is currently supporting 60 ongoing projects statewide. See, the transportation department isn’t all bad, right?
The Drake University indoor track and field teams get the 2015-16 season underway this weekend at the SDSU Holiday Open in Brookings, S.D. The two-day meet, hosted by South Dakota State University, will be contest on the Jackrabbits’ Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex’s 300-meter track. “I’ll be anxious to see how we’ll perform,” said Drake head coach Natasha Kaiser-Brown. “I expect the verterans to do a great job because they’ve done this before and we’ll see how the newcomers respond.”Those veterans include athletes that earned a total of eight all-conference honors during the 2014-15 season and are primed to add to their accomplishments this season.The men’s team returns all-conference performers in sprinter Pierce Vincent (Fayetteville, Ga.), hurdlers Kai Asberry (Carrollton, Texas) and Hudson Priebe (Chamberlain, S.D.). In the distance events, Rob McCann (Mississauga, Ontario) returns after earning all-MVC honors in the mile while Reed Fisher (Minnetonka, Minn.) is coming off an all-MVC cross country season. McCann is expected to run the mile again indoors with Fischer focusing on the 5,000 meters. Former MVC outdoor champion Ryan Cook (Colorado Springs, Colo.) returns in the high jump as well.”We’re such a unique team in that we’re not a just a sprint or distance or field team,” Kaiser-Brown said. “We have a little bit of everything that makes us more well rounded heading into the indoor season. We have a great hurdlers, great sprinters, great distance runners, great field athletes and it’s a well rounded team. The athletes we have are very well driven.”For the women’s team, indoor and outdoor triple jump school record holder Kayla Bell (Bolingbrook, Ill.) returns following her record-breaking season in the jumps. On the track, two-time all-MVC honoree Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) enters her sophomore season after recording a school record in the 100-meter hurdles during the outdoor season. In the distance events Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) enters the track season after earning all-MVC honors during the cross country season while Taylor Scholl (Prior Lake, Minn.) aims for another strong season in the mile.Many of those standouts and the team’s younger talent will have their first opportunity to get their competitive juices flowing at this weekend’s meet. “It’s exciting and it gets your adrenaline flowing, but that can be detrimental,” Kaiser-Brown said of the start of the season. “This is good practice to learn how to manage your emotions and nerves. For a lot of atheltes once they get that first meet out of the way, everything falls into place.”For Kaiser-Brown and staff, the opening meet also serves as an indicator of the team’s training to date and areas of needed focus heading into the bulk of the indoor season after winter break.”We’re looking for a checkpoint of where we are in our fall training,” Kaiser-Brown said. “We’ve been going since late August with three months of condition and technical work. We’re doing things a little different this year where we’re really dragging out our condition phase longer and wrapping that up after the break.”This weekend’s season opener start Friday afternoon with the heptathlon and pentathlon. The bulk of the competition will be staged on Saturday starting at noon with the field events and 1 p.m. on the track.Print Friendly Version