Over 375 Organizations Nominated for Workforce Builders Honor Roll
More than 375 business, government, education and non-profit organizations who are engaged in efforts to ensure Long Island's students go on to become Long Island's workforce, have been nominated for inclusion in the third annual Workforce Builders Honor Roll.
"Organizations, businesses and educators alike must be pro-active in retaining our young adults, who historically are the backbone of our highly skilled and well educated workforce. We are experiencing a workforce depletion that will have significant consequences for the future economic vitality of our region," said Matt Crosson, Long Island Association president.
Presented by the LI Works Coalition, the Workforce Builders Honor Roll was designed to recognize organizations investing in the future of Long Island by focusing on such key items as internships, advisory boards, workforce readiness, and career preparation.
The award winners and all of the honorees will be recognized during the Long Island Works Coalition's Third Annual Workforce Builders Awards Luncheon on November 14 at the Melville Marriott. More than 300 honorees were recognized last year during a sold-out luncheon that drew 800 attendees.
Claire Kochendorfer, co-chair of the Workforce Builders event and an engineer at BAE Systems, Inc., is pleased with the heightened awareness and participation of small and mid-sized businesses that recognize the value of working with students to foster Long Island's future workforce. The majority of this year's honor roll is comprised of a growing number of small and mid-sized businesses.
"It's important for every business and resident on Long Island to join us as we recognize those companies that are committed to building Long Island's future workforce," said Elana Zolfo, vice president for corporate programs and continuing education at Dowling Institute, and co-chair of the Workforce Builders event.
The Long Island Works Coalition has been helping students to prepare for the workforce since January 1999. For more information on the Coalition's initiatives and the Workforce Builders Awards visit www.liworks.org.