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Region 3 Nominee William Coley
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Nominee Bio-
Graduate of The Old Dominion University School of Business and senior level HRWC staff. Responsible for the federal side of the organization to include contracting, ETPL, MOUs, partner engagement, program procurement, policy development, performance, compliance, reporting and One-Stop Delivery System/Veterans Employment Center operations. Staff of 20 employees. CETA, JTPA, WIA and WIOA experience. Reside in Virginia Beach, VA with wife Beth, son Zach and new Irish Setter puppy, Lilly.

What is your vision for the workforce development profession?
Over the years I have seen the profession evolve into one that garners an increased level of respect in the local community and a high degree of relevance to the business community as a valuable resource to support the workforce needs of their various business models. My vision is to support workforce development professionals at a higher level through the identification and implementation of meaningful staff development strategies to increase their ongoing competence and effectiveness.

Do you have a particular interest area or passion in workforce development?
While I have an interest in all aspects of my position responsibilities, I am particularly interested in developing creative workforce solutions for the business community such as the use of Incumbent Worker Training, OJT, Customized Training, employer /industry specific hiring events and sector strategies. Also, I am very interested in helping to develop young workforce development professionals.

Why do you want to serve on the Board?
I believe that expertise in the administration and operation of federal workforce programs developed over the years would be an asset to the Board as the organization continues discuss issues, formulate strategies, create resources and support its members to a greater degree. My experience is unique in that I have held a number of increasingly responsible positions and have the understanding to see issues from the perspective of different staff levels in a workforce development organization.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession today and how can NAWDP address that challenge?
I believe that the biggest challenge today is maintaining a high level of competence and effectiveness for workforce development professionals in a consistent manner across the United States. NAWDP can positively affect that challenge by constantly seeing related needs and identifying, developing and facilitating creative solutions/resources to support workforce development professionals as they grow their skills and abilities. Staying in tune with the changing needs of members is key.