Debra Carter is the National Director for Employment Services which includes overseeing the Senior Environmental Program and the Senior Community Service Employment Program. Debra began her career sixteen years ago with the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc. (NCBA). She has committed her life to service as her previous work experience included classroom instruction to the intellectual disabled and Executive Director for a Sunrise Assisted Living.
What is your vision for the workforce development profession?
I would like to be the voice for those who are disadvantaged and those in need of more support and training - especially to those who are most in need such as Veterans, the Homeless, those who live in very rural areas, those with limited English proficiency, those who are disabled, and low education levels.
Do you have a particular interest area or passion in workforce development?
The Mature Population.
Why do you want to serve on the Board?
In this demanding and changing job market, I want to be the advocate for those who have multiple barriers and are faced with ageism in the workforce. I think it's vital to the industry to speak to these issues and to be a part of this important board, would give me the opportunity to make a difference. I think my experience in both of the programs that I oversee would be an asset to the NAWDP board.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession today and how can NAWDP address that challenge?
I think keeping up with the current workforce demands and its fast change, is essential to having an effective program. NAWDP has and should continue to understand how to manage these changes. It is also important for NAWDP to understand the high demands of businesses and to be able to assist the worker with a better understanding of what is needed to become successful in the workforce, or to be a successful candidate.