NAWDP Construction Update
What to expect in 2018

Big changes are coming to NAWDP in 2018!  From the launch of our new public web site and private member portal, you'll experience more benefits to your membership, easier access to products and professional development services, smoother transactions, including event registration, membership renewal and CWDP applications.  Read more
Annual Conference 2018:
 Registration to Open January 31!

Start making your plans to join us at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix from May 20-24.  Pre-conference sessions begin at 8:00 am on Monday, May 21, with the full conference doors opening at 11:00 am, and all scheduled session wrapping up by 3:30 pm on Wednesday, May 23.   Registration and hotel links will be available by January 31.  Click here for the preliminary schedule, a list of the selected workshops, and information about rates and fees 
Nondegree Credentials and Work Experience in the Labor Market

While it is true, on average, that degree holders have better employment outcomes than others, there are  other - or
additional  - ways in which individuals can acquire valuable skills and qualifications.  Read the full article
Don't Have a BA?
Check out these top five growing industries for those without a bachelor's degree.

You might think that a bachelor's degree is the only pathway to a well-paying job, but this is not the full story. A  surprising number of jobs are available to workers with less than a BA. And many of these jobs have decent salaries. The catch? These jobs require higher skills and some post-secondary education and training beyond high school.  Read the full article  

Member Profile: James Bryson
2017 Pride in Peoria Award Winner

NAWDP Member James Bryson, New Millennium Institute in Peoria, Illinois,  was recognized by community leadership for his efforts in partnering and collaborating with many non-profit organizations and businesses along with his life skills and job readiness boot camp initiative which successfully developed a talent pipeline of job ready applicants to employers. 

In 2016, the business website Wall Street 24/7 ranked the Peoria region the worst place for blacks to live in America; the city ranked sixth on the same list in 2015. City leaders have started community conversations to determine what should be done to address disparity and improve conditions for all. Until action happens, Bryson is taking the lead.   Read more

REMEMBER:  Nominate Your Candidate Today!  
Advancing the Profession Awards nominations will be accepted until January 31, 2018.

Diane Duff, Executive Director