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Workforce Alliance Receives U.S. Labor Department's Excellence Award
Date:7/30/2008

Honor presented at National Department of Labor Conference

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Workforce Alliance received the U.S. Department of Labor's Recognition of Excellence Award in the category of "Educating America's Workforce to Serve Emerging Industries." Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training, Brent R. Orrell, presented the annual award which honors workforce investment programs from around the country that have achieved outstanding success.

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"Workforce Alliance has taken the initiative in equipping workers with the specialized skills they need to pursue careers in biotechnology," said Orrell. "Workforce Alliance's accomplishments are instructive for others preparing workers in biotech and other emerging fields."

After receiving the award, Workforce Alliance President and CEO, Kathryn Schmidt, said "I offer my sincere appreciation and congratulations to the many members of the Workforce Alliance team who worked very hard to develop and implement this outstanding training program. It has brought many benefits to the employers and job seekers of our region as well as national recognition to our organization."

Workforce Alliance Board Chairman, Randy Johnson, the Biotech Program Coordinator, Doug Saenz, and a graduate of the program who is now a researcher for Scripps Florida, Ruben Garcia-Ordonez, accepted the award from the U.S. Department of Labor on behalf of the organization.

The Biotechnology Training Program was initiated in 2004 when Workforce Alliance obtained grant funding in the amount of $2.3 million from the Department of Labor. The grant funded a partnership with regional educators and employers and the establishment of a certificate-granting program and opportunities for a career ladder in biotechnology. Through thi
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