On Nov. 19, 2003, NRCA Executive Vice President Bill Good and Associate Executive Director for Education and Risk Management Tom Shanahan came to Washington, D.C., to join me for an important meeting with Emily Stover DeRocco, the assistant secretary of labor for the Employment and Training Administration (ETA).
The meeting was in response to an inquiry I received from DeRocco's office wanting to learn more about NRCA's education, training and employee recognition programs. The U.S. Department of Labor's ETA seeks to build the labor market through training the work force and placing workers in jobs through employment services.
The meeting's goal was to identify synergies between ETA programs and NRCA initiatives. Good, Shanahan and I provided DeRocco with a comprehensive list of NRCA's education and training programs, including initiatives of the National Roofing Foundation's The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress. DeRocco indicated she would designate staff within her department's Business Relations Group to provide expertise where possible for NRCA's pilot Job Corps program and identify other initiatives for potential ETA support. (To learn about Job Corps, read "Training for skills and success," June 2001 issue, page 38.)
Good invited DeRocco to attend NRCA's 117th Annual Convention and Exhibit in San Diego, Feb. 22-25. She is expected to help present the Roofing Industry's Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, which identify and honor outstanding roofing workers from various U.S. regions. The MVP Awards, sponsored by The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress, will be presented during the Member Breakfast on Feb. 24. DeRocco also has been invited to speak at the breakfast.