Darren Criss & Lea Salonga Serenade the Kennedy Center with ‘A Whole New World’

first_img from $57.50 Star Files Aladdin View Comments These two need a duets album. Tony winner Lea Salonga shared at After the Storm, a benefit for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philppines, that she and Glee’s Darren Criss have quite a history with the Aladdin classic they were about to sing together. Of course, Salonga was the singing voice of Jasmine in the Disney film, but she also joined forces with Criss and performed the number back in 2011 to pay tribute to composer Alan Menken…and at a West Village piano bar last year during an impromptu jam session. On June 15, with considerably less alcohol in their systems (we presume), the two reprised their performance at Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center for the one-night-only concert. Take a look at the adorable clip below, and look out for Lou Diamond Phillips. That man can twirl.center_img Related Shows Darren Criss Lea Salongalast_img read more

Shumlin urges participation in Governor’s Career Readiness Certificate Program

first_imgGovernor 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.last_img read more