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Division report: Adult Workforce Development.

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Ronald A. Cassidy is a recognized national leader in adult workforce education. He served as the director of the Center for Workforce Development at the Licking County Joint Vocational School, Newark, Ohio, for 23 years, where he currently has been appointed to superintendent. He has a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's of education from Kent State University. Cassidy has been a member of ACTE for more than 25 years. He began his career as a marketing education teacher in Bowling Green, Ohio. He is the president and owner of Industrial Training Support Systems, a software development company, which was created in 1991. Some of the companies he has worked with in developing training programs are Owens Corning, Kaiser Aluminum, Navistar, Argonne National Laboratories and Abbott Laboratories.

Cassidy's accomplishments include: AVA Region I vice president, president for the National Adult Vocational Education Association, president of the Ohio Vocational Association, National Adult Vocational Administrator of the Year, Ohio Vocational Association Distinguished Service Award, Chamber of Commerce PRIDE Builder Award, recipient of the Vocational Pacesetter Award, Jaycees Outstanding Young Educator, Ohio Adult Vocational Education Administrator of the Year, Ohio's Vocational Education Ambassador of the Year, member-at-large of Epsilon Pi Tau.

His programs have been highlighted in Forbes Magazine, Ohio Manufacturer's Magazine and Techniques magazine.

ACTE Adult Workforce Development

The Adult Workforce Development Division of the Association for Career and Technical Education is committed to providing career and technical educators high-quality information and services responsive to their needs as training and employment professionals. The Adult Workforce Development Division strives to keep pace with the latest trends in technology, education and legislation in order to produce quality workers for a competitive workforce.

Members of the Adult Workforce Development Division include educators, teachers, professors, counselors, administrators, placement officers, economic developers, adult basic education instructors, sex equity coordinators and literacy instructors. These professionals bring to the table a wide array of approaches to preparing individuals for employment. Through many networking opportunities, members and their agencies and institutions can gain an informed, focused perspective on the rapidly changing job market--and learn new ways to equip clients and students with in-demand job market skills.

Mission

Providing Educational Leadership in Developing an Adult Competitive Workforce

Purpose

* To inform members on plans, policies and issues of the Association for Career and Technical Education

* To develop and promote high professional standards among the membership

* To develop and promote professional relations with other ACTE divisions, agencies, organizations and educational and training institutions

* To provide professional development opportunities for members within the division

Vice President's Message

Our division is entering into new horizons as we have merged the Adult Workforce Development Division with the Technical Education Division, thus bringing all adult educators into one division--Adult Workforce Development. This marks the first time ever in ACTE history to have two divisions merge. Now adult educators speak with one voice in the association.

I would like to thank everyone on their efforts during the reformation and transition to our new division. We are looking forward to the 2002 convention where we will be recognizing our educators through our awards program and great session to enhance our program efforts.

2002 Convention

We are in the process of planning this year's convention, and the request for proposals has really generated a lot of interest. It looks like we will be having a top-notch convention.

Membership

Our membership numbers are the highest ever for our new division, but we still have our work cut out for all of us. We need to continue to recruit other AWD educators to our cause. We need to encourage all our state associations to develop an AWD Division in their state associations and encourage postsecondary institutions to join our cause.

Membership is everyone's business, so let's all chip in to help our fellow AWD educators find our new network.

Top Guns

The division is looking for innovative programs and partnerships that can be spotlighted at the national convention in Las Vegas. Programs selected will be honored for their achievements in setting the pace in adult workforce education. The strength of AWD education is its partnerships and innovativeness. We will recognize the risk takers and innovators for their accomplishments at the conference.

Please contact William Souder, Center for Workforce Development, 222 Price Road, Newark, OH 43055, 614-366-3358, bsouder@laca.org.

Deadline for applications is August 1, 2002.

ACTE Division vice presidents and committee members are responsible for Division Report content. Ronald Cassidy is the vice president and Barbara Nicol is the Editorial and Publications Committee representative for the Adult Workforce Development Division.
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Date:May 1, 2002
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