TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (November 1, 2010) –
Tallahassee Community College’s weatherization installation training program has been named a 2010 Exemplary Program Finalist by the National Council for Continuing Education and Training (NCCET). The award was announced at NCCET’s annual conference, held October 10-12 in Miami.
The program is an initiative of the Division of Workforce Development’s Florida Green Academy, in partnership with WORKFORCE plus, the Big Bend Early Learning Coalition and the Capital Area Community Action Agency. Nominated programs were evaluated on their impact and success, sustainability, creativity and ability to be replicated at other colleges.
The TCC program targeted economically disadvantaged adults, rapidly training them to help local employers meet the demand for weatherization services created by an infusion of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds in the Weatherization Assistance Program managed by the Capital Area Community Action Agency.
The staff of TCC’s Division of Workforce Development worked closely with industry representatives to make sure trainees developed the specific skills they need to succeed on the job, said Director of Workforce Training and Business Services Rick Frazier. “As a result, program completers have an 83 percent job placement rate.” The curriculum was also designed to position trainees to later pursue a further career pathway, such as weatherization crew chief or residential building auditor.
The weatherization installation program enrolled 37 trainees in a total of four training sessions; of those, 32, or 86 percent, completed the training.
TCC and WORKFORCE plus were named the Community Partners of the Year by Capital Area Community Action Agency for “outstanding contributions to improving the quality of life for the poor” as a result of this project in January 2010.
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