NAWB SELECTS 2015 NATIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS
Washington, D.C. - The National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB), the membership organization and advocate for more than 550 workforce investment boards (WIBs) nationwide and their network of America's Job Centers, has announced the 2015 winners of their annual WIB Excellence Award and W.O. Lawton Business Leadership Award.
The W.O. Lawton Business Leadership Award honors a business or business organization that made the commitment of time, money, and leadership to make their community's workforce and economy more vibrant and has gone above and beyond to be a full partner in their local Workforce Investment Board's endeavors. This year, two nominations stood out - - one for a large, international corporation and the other for a small precision machine shop - - each of which were impressive in describing contributions that impact and elevate workforce development in their local economies.
This year's winner of the WIB Excellence Award is Arapahoe/Douglas Workforce Investment Board in southeastern Colorado. Ford Motor Company's Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri, is a co-winner of the W.O. Lawton Business Leadership Award. The other co-winner is VSS, Inc., of Greenfield, Massachusetts. In the fall of 2011, faced with turning away business for lack of enough skilled workers, Steve Capshaw, Owner and CEO of precision machine shop VSS, Inc., took the lead in forming a partnership of area manufacturing employers to provide inspiration, guidance, and support for a major renovation and upgrade of the Franklin County Technical School (FCTS) Machine Technology Program. VSS's initial investment of $213,000 in donations and countless hours of time led to more than $1 million in investment and a full-fledged, state-of-the-art training program in advanced manufacturing, not only for secondary students, but also for adults.
Winners will be recognized at the NAWB Annual Forum, March 28-31, 2015, in Washington, D.C. The Forum is NAWB's premier event, which brings together leaders in workforce development, economic development, education, business, and industry. For information or to register, visit www.NAWB.org/Forum