Gateway's Center for Workforce Development Offers Free Services to Incumbent Workers
The Workforce Solutions Division of Gateway Community & Technical College has created a Center for Workforce Development that specializes in helping incumbent workers complete college credentials to improve their employability.
Incumbent workers who have taken customized training courses through our Workforce Solutions Division often are just one three-hour credit course away from completing a credential, said Angie Taylor, vice president of Workforce Solutions. One of the services the center offers is identifying those people and meeting with their employers to encourage them to have their employees complete their first college credential, using tuition waivers to cover the cost.
The Workforce Development Center offers a variety of other free career planning services to help people become more secure in their careers.
Career counselors help people create a personalized career action plan based on their aptitudes and interests, said Center Director Philip Accardi. We also serve the interests of local and regional employers by providing qualified, job-ready individuals.
Services are offered at Gateway's Boone Campus and are available on-site to local companies with groups of employees who may want to complete credentials or assess their aptitudes before embarking on skill upgrade training.
The center is part of a growing number of workforce development initiatives offered by the Workforce Solutions Division, formerly known as Business and Industry Services.
Workforce development is one of the colleges three primary responsibilities, adds Dr. Taylor. In addition to expanding services, we have reorganized our staff to better serve customer needs.
As part of the reorganization, Accardi was promoted from workforce development liaison to Workforce Development Center director. Christi Dover, a seven-year veteran of Gateway and a graduate of Thomas More College, was promoted from staff support associate to workforce development liaison. Barry Wilhite recently joined Workforce Solutions staff as a workforce development liaison.
Individuals or firms interested in workforce development services may call Regina Schadler at (859) 442-1170 or visit The Workforce Solutions website at http://www.gateway.kctcs.edu/Workforce_Solutions.aspx.