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

s program, which concluded at the end of 2007, participants learned the skills needed to enter careers in the growing biotech industry in Palm Beach County and the surrounding regions.

Nearly one hundred participants entered the training, a partnership with Florida Atlantic University, Indian River Community College, and biotechnology employers in Palm Beach County. Fifty-six earned bioscience certificates, six earned advanced bioscience certificates and three are now pursuing master's degrees. Many of the graduates are now employed in bioscience and research positions at such locations as Scripps Florida, the Florida Department of Health, Palm Beach Cancer Institute, Molecular MD and others.

The Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration established the Recognition of Excellence Award in the category, "Educating America's Workforce to Serve Emerging Industries" to recognize innovative and valuable approaches to train workers to compete in environments that demand high levels of education and proficiency.

The Workforce Alliance program influenced the establishment a new biotechnology laboratory at Indian River Community College and significant laboratory and distance-learning upgrades at Florida Atlantic University. The grant also helped establish high quality biotechnology training for undergraduate students at both institutions to meet the demands of the growing industry in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.

Workforce Alliance is chartered by the State of Florida to develop and manage a workforce system in Palm Beach County and serves as the leading human resource solution contributing to the economic growth of Palm Beach County. It provides employment, recruiting, training and other related services for local employers and job seekers through three Career Center locations, its professional placement network and a mobile training/recruiting unit. For further information or to view a video on the Biotech Training
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