|It all began when officials at NASA and Brevard Workforce signed the Space Act Agreement on May 27, 2008. The foundation for the Aerospace Workforce Transition Program, also known as AWT, the agreement set in motion the initiative to develop strategies that help aerospace workers and their employers best manage workforce challenges caused by theretirement of the Space Shuttle program. With subsequent announcements in January 2010, our services have been expandd to include the Constellation program workforce.|
From the start we knew that transitioning such a large group of specialized workers would be a big job and we began early. We talked to leaders who dealt with transitions in other industries, conducted focus groups, and analyzed aerospace trends, determined what gaps there might be in educational or training opportunities. We also gained an understanding of what portion of the workforce might be able to transition to new aerospace contracts and if they had the right skills for the job.
A program was born.
Using all this information, we designed services for every type of aerospace worker at any level. And because aerospace workers have the benefit of time - knowing when their transition will begin - we immediately set out to invite workers to start now! Make a plan, enroll in school, get training, or begin a new career. The most important message was to get started and be ready.
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|Signing the Space Act Agreement Brevard Workforce President Lisa Rice with Board Member Jack Rood and KSC Center Director in 2008, William "Bill" Parsons.|
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Governor Charlie Crist and Lisa Rice Brevard Workforce Chairman George Mikitarian, Governor Charlie Crist, and Brevard Workforce President Lisa Rice at the Palm Bay Brevard Workforce Career Center.
|AWT Open House KSC Director Robert Cabana with Brevard Workforce President Lisa Rice and the Aerospace Workforce Transition program team outside the KSC Headquarters office.|
About Brevard WorkforceBrevard Workforce is the administrative and fiscal entity for workforce investment services delivered through career centers located throughout Brevard County. Appointed by the Brevard County Commission, Brevard Workforce is made up of approximately 40 volunteer board and committee members covering private business owners, education, non-profit, government and the Economic Development Commission of the Space Coast. In addition to the AWT program, Brevard Workforce focuses on strengthening key business clusters, increase participation in the Brevard County labor force, build career ladders for low and mid-wage job holders, and expand services to both employers and job-seekers.