Looking Back and Moving Forward
Angela Robbins Taylor
In case you missed our social media posts, I had the privilege of being hosted by NCCER last week. I met with Vice President of Innovation, Jennifer Wilkerson. If you are not familiar with NCCER (National Center for Construction Education Research), they are a leading provider of construction craft training materials. They have built out content for numerous trades over the last two decades that help contractors create a more highly skilled craft workforce. Their content includes both instruction and performance verification because, like C3, they believe that demonstrating the ability to perform work is of the utmost importance. The NCCER and C3 discussion was focused on how to better serve the commercial contractor. Highly leveraged in the industrial space, NCCER is aware they are not delivering a product that matches the needs of the commercial space. And of course, that is where C3 can assist. Look at this as your opportunity to have experts in content and training listen to your needs for courses and build uniquely for our industry. Opportunities to register for focus groups will be coming in early spring so be watching for them. And if you missed the social media post - make sure you follow us for all the latest news and happenings. All our social media channels are listed at the bottom of this newsletter.
You might also have seen that we have sent out early registration for #SHEBuildsHouston. The events with schools are coming back to face-to-face opportunities and we can't wait to be sharing our passion for the industry with students. We are actively recruiting sponsor and booths. If you didn't receive the early registration email, don't worry general registration opens up right after we return from Thanksgiving Break. Or if you are in a hurry contact us to get a jump start.
Can you believe it is already the holiday season? For me personally this has been a year of change and growth and I have so much to be grateful for. Starting with our Board of Directors who are tireless in their willingness to help me and the staff pursue the right things to support our mission. And how about my staff, they are among the best I have ever worked alongside. C3 has two new staff members, Ebrahim Sadek and Nancy Lankford, joining in October and November respectively.
Ebrahim, aka Eb, is our industry outreach program director and has a tremendous passion for helping students find, explore, and succeed in launching their career. Most recently, Eb worked on a Department of Labor project at Lee College that focused on placing people in accelerated training programs leading to jobs in the middle skills trades. I am excited to see his trajectory at C3 and grateful to have a person dedicated to sustainability in the talent pipeline. Nancy joins C3 to round out the triad of Talent Management business consultants with Reba and Nick. She comes to C3 with a strong skillset in human capital and will bring a fresh set of ideas and eyes to our people development programs. Her addition to the team provides us with much needed bandwidth to reach out to and assist even more companies with Craft Training Endorsement.
The staff and Board are key to my personal success as well as the success of our organization. But truly we can accomplish nothing without the contractors, advocates, and owners who participate with us. For each of you I am truly grateful. C3 wishes each of you and those you hold dear a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Angela Robbins Taylor
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