CCE Impact Book

Gray-Roddy is currently the Bureau Chief for Workforce Innovation and Quality, one of two bureaus in the Division of Employment and Workforce Solutions, which administers funding for Wagner Peyser, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Trade Act, and Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) grants. She became interested in the GCDF credential after hearing about it at a National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee (NOICC) Conference, she says. “After checking out the core competencies, I realized that a better understanding of areas like labor market information and resources, technology, career development models, assessment tools, and employability skills would help me better connect with the economists and statisticians who made up the bulk of my colleagues in the Division of Research and Statistics, where I worked,” she says. “I wanted to more easily understand the language and process of the work we did and get up to speed as quickly as I could in my new work environment. Taking the GCDF course put me on the fast track to picking up what I needed to know so I could participate more readily at work and give back more quickly.” She enjoyed the course so much that she decided to become an instructor. “One of my first assignments after I earned my instructor credential was to offer a class to workforce professionals from across the state at the local community college in the capital region,” she says. “It still ranks as one of the best, albeit scariest, work tasks I’ve had to carry out. I’ve also instructed a number of teams that worked in the juvenile justice setting, and it’s been truly rewarding to assist such a population in need.”