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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.

The mission?
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.

Judy Blanchard
Judy Blanchard
Director of
Industry Relations
Carol Macrander
Carol Macrander
Career Transition
Manager
Gib Boyer
Gib Boyer
Mobile Unit  Manager
Megan Cochran
Megan Cochran
Community Leader
Aerospace Team
Jeff Schiff
Tammie Kovach
Tammie Kovach
Administrative Assistant



Signing the Space Act Agreement
Space Act Agreement Signing
Brevard Workforce President Lisa Rice with Board Member Jack Rood and KSC Center Director in 2008, William "Bill" Parsons.


George Mikitarian,
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.
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About Brevard Workforce

Brevard 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.
 
 
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Brevard Workforce
Programs funded through Brevard Workforce, formerly Brevard Job Link & Brevard Workforce Development Board, Inc., are equal opportunity programs with auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. This material was prepared by McBride Woodbridge Marketing for Brevard Workforce under award 04-79-06065 from the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. Employees of NASA contractors and subcontractors please note that per NASA Procurement, attendance at workshops shall be done on personal time and shall not be charged to work hours or administrative leave hours. Participants must meet criteria for eligibility for the Aerospace Workforce Transition (AWT) Program and must register for an Employ Florida Marketplace account at www.employflorida.com prior to attending a workshop or receiving services.