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Pennsylvania State Representative Nominee Nita D'Agostino
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Nominee Bio-
I am the Senior Vice President for Direct Services overseeing multiple states of program operations inclusive of the state of Pennsylvania. I am an accomplished professional with over 36 years of direct service program oversight in managing large- scale workforce development programs with funding from federal, state and local entities. .I would bring to to the NAWDP Board my experience in working with multi-barrier populations for targeted populations specific to WIOA. 

What is your vision for the workforce development profession?
My specific vision for the workforce development profession is to strengthen our collective capacity as workforce leaders to not only meet the needs of employers but for our workforce teams to better understand current and emerging workforce trends. This would assure that our workforce development professionals develop new skills, learn best practices and engage in peer-to -peer learning. All the things that NAWDP is so successful at providing. The key here is marketing NAWDP nationally.

 

Do you have a particular interest area or passion in workforce development?
I actually am interested in two areas. One is of course developing a systematic approach to marketing NAWDP while assuring that the CWDP is a recognized credential to employers. This credential would signify to employers that they are working with a trained professional. Secondarily, my passion has always been to insure that anyone who may have barriers to employment has the capacity to acquire new skills allowing for their continued upward-mobility.

 

Why do you want to serve on the Board?
With my current three year experience on the NAWDP Board, please know it has been an honor to serve. Working with this group of exceptional professionals has truly been enlightening. i believe that I am an example of someone who has held my CWDP for years and utilized it to my advantage when employers ask what it means. I also want to ensure that my area of expertise in working with multi-barrier populations will assure access to more individuals across the nation because of the NAWDP Board.

 

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession today and how can NAWDP address that challenge?
There are multiple challenges facing the workforce development profession today including: understanding the rapidly changing world of work inclusive of confronting escalating unemployment: strengthening career pathways and guiding skill attainment for good jobs and career growth for participants; and building a skilled workforce that will again spur business. This is a difficult time for our individual states and nationally.