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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Passes the Senate

WIOA Passes the Senate- With a vote of 95-3, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) passed the Senate with bipartisan support. The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County (WDC) thanks the authors of the legislation, including: Senators Murray, Alexander, Harkin, and Isakson and Representatives Kline, Miller, Foxx, and Hinojosa.

This bipartisan, bicameral bill will reauthorize the ever important Workforce Investment Act (WIA) that expired in 2003. WIA programs have been an essential component in our nation’s economic recovery, and WIOA will ensure that the workforce system can continue to address the critical issues of long term unemployment, up-skilling workers with credentials that lead to good jobs, and aligning investments in education, training, economic development, and the workforce that lead to measurable outcomes.

The WDC is especially grateful for the contribution of Washington State Senator Murray, who has been integral to garnering and maintaining support from both Republicans and Democrats. WIOA now heads to the House where it is expected to pass, and will then be forwarded to President Obama, who has lauded the bipartisan compromise.

“We are incredibly indebted to Senator Murray and her fine staff member, Scott Cheney,” says WDC Chief Executive Officer, Marléna Sessions. “The passage of WIOA is integral to the WDC’s continued success in connecting King County job seekers and industry.”




The ASTDps Board of Directors thanks outgoing president Karen Thornton for her leadership in 2013. 








Congratulations to Daniel Dow of New Territories Consulting for being the Audience Winner at ELW  Champions of Learning in December.  ASTDps president Karen Thornton presents Dan with his award.






Director of Communications, Nicole Forward, is quoted in a recent issue of Chief Learning Officer Magazine.  Check out page 42.


ASTDps Wins Chapter Excellence Award from ASTD
Group recognized for achievement in membership growth



Seattle, WA, May 19, 2013 – The ASTDps chapter of the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) was presented a Chapter Excellence Award by the national association during the ASTD 2013 International Conference & Exposition, held recently in Dallas, TX.

The chapter won the award for Excellence in Membership Growth.

“Our chapters are important partners in ASTD’s mission to empower professionals to develop knowledge and skills successfully,” says Jennifer Homer, ASTD’s VP of Communications and Career Development. “The impact they have in their local communities and in support of the training and development profession is impressive. Winning a Chapter Excellence Award is proof of the hard work and dedication of our local chapters and volunteer leaders.” 

The ASTD Chapter Excellence Awards recognize chapters that have achieved excellence in three key areas of chapter development: strategic partnership, joint chapter-national membership growth and the advancement of the profession through CPLP. CPLP is the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance credential, the professional credential for the training and development field. Winning chapters receive a $1,000 cash award from the national organization.

About ASTD
ASTD (American Society for Training & Development) is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to the training and development field. In more than 100 countries, ASTD’s members work in organizations of all sizes, in the private and public sectors, as independent consultants, and as suppliers. Members connect locally in more than 120 U.S. chapters and with 15 international partners. ASTD started in 1943 and in recent years has widened the profession’s focus to align learning and performance to organizational results, and is a sought-after voice on critical public policy issues. For more information, visit www.astd.org.




Congratulations to our two newest CPLP's: Kimberly Moore, CPLP and Holly Eckert, CPLP!


Our Puget Sound Chapter has been named ASTD’s September Chapter of the Month

We submitted a “Sharing Our Success” (SOS) best practice for our VP of Finance Succession Planning process, and achieved CORE compliance for 2011 so we are being acknowledged with this honor!  The Chapter Recognition Committee was impressed with our submission because it is an example of best practice onboarding when it comes to your VP of Finance. This method ensures that nothing slips through the cracks and also provides the individual in that position with a clear directive on his/her goals.

Because of this award, our chapter received a Free ASTD Learning System, a cash prize, a letter of recognition from the President & CEO of ASTD National, Tony Bingham, and recognition in a number of National websites and newsletters!  We’re excited to announce this award to all of you!
This demonstrates that your current Board of Directors work very hard to create and implement best practices for the field of workplace learning and its professional ASTD chapter.  Thank you for your support and sharing in our excitement!



Jackie accepts an award at ASTD ICE on behalf of ASTD Puget Sound Chapter - 2012

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