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
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...
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