Genesee's Executive Vice President Named to National Department of Labor Consortium

Dr. Claudia H. Moore, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Genesee Community College, has been named as a member of the U. S. Department of Labor's CareerOneStop Consortium. The Consortium consists of 116 leading educators and employment experts throughout the nation. The Department of Labor created the Consortium to help chart the direction of the "one stop" employment and training centers being created across the United States.

One-stop centers provide a variety of services to people seeking new jobs or training, as well as employers seeking qualified job applicants. Services include skill assessments, resume banks, job referrals, job inventories, resume assistance, and numerous other services that help bring employees and employers together. The centers are usually comprised of staff members of various agencies, such as job development, unemployment, and veterans' services agencies, as well as staff of community colleges and other educational organizations. One Stop centers have been created in local communities across the nation, including centers in the Genesee-Livingston-Orleans-Wyoming region.

Dr. Moore was recommended as a member of the Consortium by the American Association of Community Colleges. She has become known throughout the nation as an authority on employment and training issues, and has been an advocate for community college workforce development issues.

Before arriving at Genesee four years ago, Dr. Moore served as Associate Dean and Assistant to the Provost of the University of Montana-Missoula. She also served as a program director of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, program director of Southwest Texas State University's Teacher Education Program, and a member of the faculty of the University of Minnesota in Minnesota. She served as president of the National Council for Occupational Education during the 1999-2000 year. A year ago she received the prestigious John F. Grede Board Service Award from the Council in recognition of her contributions nationally to the occupational education field. Dr. Moore holds a B.S. degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Minnesota.

For many years, Genesee Community College has been a leader in providing employment-related services, often in collaboration with other agencies. The Adult Educational Opportunity Center, sponsored by Genesee, maintains staff members in area Department of Labor and one-stop centers, and has consistently served more than 1,000 area residents annually for more than 15 years. The College's GOLD (Genesee Opportunities for Learning and Development) program provides pre-college and job readiness training to recipients of public assistance. Through GOLD's efforts, the College has saved local counties more than $2 million annually in public assistance costs. The College has also taken the lead in providing state-of-the art customized training to employees of local business firms over the last decade. Last year alone, the College provided training to 2,711 employees in 45 different local companies and organizations.

Under Dr. Moore's leadership, the College is preparing to launch The Best Center this fall. The new Center will expand the College's employee training services even further, frequently in partnership with a variety of other public and private organizations throughout the region.

Dr. Stuart Steiner, President of the College, said that Dr. Moore's appointment to the CareerOneStop Consortium is both an honor to Dr. Moore and to Genesee. "Once again, national leaders have looked to Genesee for expertise," he said. "Claudia Moore will bring valuable insights into the one stop movement, and through her involvement in the Consortium will influence the scope and direction of one stop centers across te entire nation."