Tressa Dorsey-CBSC, CCSP, GCDF - has over 20 years of comprehensive experience providing
Professional Development & Grant Writing Services to Workforce & Workforce Education Professionals. She founded TAD Grants in 2008, during her tenure as Project Director for the most successful U.S. Department of Labor Prisoner Re-Entry project in the United States. She received her education in Criminal Justice and holds multiple national workforce credentials.
What is your vision for the workforce development profession?
My vision for our industry is to two fold. The first is to advocate for the standards set by the US Department of Labor for individuals working within the workforce system to be raised and set according to appropriate training, certification and education standards directly related to serving job seekers and businesses in a workforce setting. The second is to get Workforce Development recognized as a legitimate and viable career pathway for young people and adults seeking a meaningful career.
Do you have a particular interest area or passion in workforce development?
My passion lies in the education and development of front line staff and managers with an emphasis on leadership and system alignment through the integration of career development principles and strong adherence to a demand driven process.
Why do you want to serve on the Board?
I have been contributing to the workforce system for many years in different ways. I started my business because I felt I could make a greater impact on the system on a national level versus operating a one stop or an organization in one small county. The same reasons apply here. I am at a place where I would like to be of service, contribute my expertise and creativity on a larger scale to promote the value of the workforce system and the professionals working within it.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession today and how can NAWDP address that challenge?
I think there are multiple challenges that are connected and undermine the goals of our industry. One being, that we don't know how to market ourselves properly to our customers and because of that customers either don't know we exist or are confused about the role of the workforce system, the value it brings and its impact on a strong economic infrastructure. I believe NAWDP can shine a spotlight on the Workforce Industry and the value it brings to the development of a strong economy.