February 15, 2021

Bowling Green, KY–February 15, 2021–Career TEAM, LLC, a leader in workforce development and on-line learning, today announced that Dr. Robert Boone has joined the organization as Chief Officer of National Workforce Solutions.

Most recently, Dr. Boone served as President/CEO of the South Central Workforce Development Board and its non-profit enterprise, Employward, Inc.  based in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  Dr. Boone is recognized as an expert in innovative program design and delivery in workforce development; organizational strategic planning and transformation; and the orchestration of technology platforms to create large-scale solutions, resulting in performance-based and customer-centered workforce systems.

Dr. Robert Boone

Prior to regional workforce board service, Dr. Boone served in workforce development leadership capacities in the post-secondary education and private health care sectors in Kentucky and Georgia, respectively. Dr. Boone explains, “Career TEAM is at the forefront of workforce development program management and software solutions to accelerate the human condition.  I am thrilled to join Career TEAM as we move the needle toward a world that is better prepared for the generational changing power of a career.”

Christopher J. Kuselias, CEO & Founder of Career TEAM shared, “we are delighted to have Dr. Boone join our organization and are confident his vision and expertise will enhance our enterprise value during the pandemic and beyond.”

Dr. Boone holds a bachelor of science (BS) degree in psychology (with an emphasis on Industrial/Organizational Psychology) from The University of Georgia; a master of public administration (MPA) in non-profit management and community development from Morehead State University, where he graduated at the top of his class and was recognized as the MSU College of Business and Public Affairs’ 2014 “Outstanding Graduate Student;” and a doctorate in education policy, measurement, and evaluation (EdD) from the University of Kentucky, with dissertation research focusing on work-based learning opportunities (WBLOs) as an impactful mechanism to transmit workplace-specific cultural capital to “first-generation career seekers,” a term he coined based on this research.

Career TEAM, LLC, a nationally recognized workforce development consultant group and MedCerts today announced plans to bring proprietary Career TEAM Workforce Readiness tools and resources into the MedCerts student experience.

Under this partnership, MedCerts students will have 24/7 access to the CareerTEAM an online Career Services management system; entitled the  CareerEDGE.  MedCerts students will graduate “interview ready” having completed mock interviews, resumes and other critical career search activities in the self paced Career EDGE portal.

Per Kelly Hoover, Executive Vice President of Operations for MedCerts, “MedCerts is committed to providing students with a well-rounded education, including the tools and information necessary to conduct an effective job search.  With a growing student population, MedCerts was in search of a platform that would provide students with on demand career services resources while allowing MedCerts to increase student to career services staff ratios.”

Per Micaela Alpers, President of Career TEAM’s Education Division, “MedCerts and Career EDGE share a mission of supporting individuals in achieving their career goals while providing qualified employees to employers in markets we serve. The combination of MedCerts short term training programs and the Career EDGE employment readiness platform will allow us to do just that. In additional to providing a scalable student preparation platform, we have also developed a custom administrative dashboard for career services staff to track student progress and better manage their caseloads to job placement.”

For more information, please contact info@careerteam.com.

Career TEAM, LLC, a nationally recognized workforce development consultancy group and Porter & Chester Institute (PCI/YTI) have partnered to develop a centralized career services model for all PCI/TYI campuses.

Under this partnership, PCI will transition from traditional face to face professional development coaching on the first day of each term to a more robust high touch and high tech approach using the Career TEAM Learning management system called Career EDGE. Per Chris Sheply, PCI/TYI VP of Career Services, “under this new model, we have been able to create one standard of excellence with the curriculum and tools utilized to prepare PCI/TYI students for the workforce. By accessing Career EDGE, we have further been able to leverage our best workshop presenters across the PCI/YTI system by centralizing staff and broadcasting virtual workshops to our network of campuses. This has allowed PCI/YTI to cost effectively increase student to staff ratios and maintain engagement levels in the COVID-19 environment we are navigating.”

Per Micaela Alpers, President of Career TEAM’s Education Division, “We are excited to bring PCI/YTI’s vision for centralized career services to life by leveraging our Career EDGE Learning Management System in a hybrid model of synchronous and asynchronous engagementWhile the pandemic pushed us to develop new remote engagement models, this implementation has also achieved operational efficiencies not bound by campus geography that we hope to replicate with partner institutions across the country.”

2021 is here! …we at Career TEAM are optimistic in our nation and its people. As an industry, we need to share best practices, close the nation’s opportunity divide and educate and empower all individuals and families to reach their full potential. As a mission driven company, we are 100% committed to creating a socially conscious brand that delivers measurable outcomes for job seekers and those who fund, educate or train them. 2020 was a humbling year as myself and other key members of Career TEAM contracted COVID-19 and experienced first hand the fear and debilitating impact of this virus. We all received a wake up call to be healthier, learn remote access, take nothing for granted and treat each other with dignity and respect. We managed those fears, launched our online intercompany plan and focused on the best ways to contribute to individuals and families.

 

  • Created the new online Career TEAM University and now offers (50) complimentary webinars and workshops for job seekers and career advisors.
  • Refined our award winning Career EDGE software, now helping 400,000+ users in 80+ educational institutions, government agencies and nonprofits navigate their way through new and uncertain labor markets.
  • The Federal government also honored our company by awarding us over $5M+ in Government CARE ACT funds to distribute to job seekers in need of additional coaching or skill gain.

 

As you know, I believe in transparency, and as your partner am proud to share our key 2021 company objectives. Our theme remains to accelerate the human condition, one person at a time…

2021 CAREER TEAM 3 PRIMARY OBJECTIVES:

1. Become the Number One Rated Workforce Brand for Outcomes & Customer Experience

The pandemic has radically changed the job market, how candidates compete and what employers seek. We are continuously investing in new content and tools to deliver gainful employment. We are 100% committed to creating a connection with our customers, building an EDGE user community and providing documented outcomes. To accomplish this, we want the very best account managers, content authors, instructional designers and programmers. As CEO, I personally spend 33% of my time scouting and recruiting the very best talent in the nation. We want you to always see us as a partner, not a vendor. We aspire to be your adjunct staff, a team of experts to help you navigate through current and future changes. We are also committed to investing heavily in our industry and building awareness of our collective workforce system and education preparation.

2. Launch More “Essential” Software Tools for the New Labor Market

We all need solutions that address pandemic and post pandemic norms. Our team is in the “EDGE Career Lab” investing in new content, tools and assessments that assist job seekers adjust to the emerging hiring processes. We spend considerable time on HR committees and with hiring authorities to understand how their processes will change; and then we create products to coach your candidates. Social media, on-line interviews, critical thinking skills and value creation are in our daily thoughts. We aspire for EDGE to be a cost effective foundational component of EVERY career center in America; to enhance and complement your existing methods. EDGE is a mandated program item in every Career TEAM Direct Service project. We are excited about our new 2021 solutions and can’t wait to share them with you!

3. Offer Cost Effective Solutions That Are Sensitive to Your Budget Restrictions

Blending high touch with hi-tech is a new reality for leaders. Software and technology investments are simply essential to success. Many of our clients were previously confused by integration and skeptical of costly investments. And with good reason! As a result, they often avoided adding software and tried to maintain the status quo. We observe Boards pressuring leaders to be more innovative. We understand that Government & Education budgets are limited and we all need to do more with less. Our goal is to offer cost efficient technologies that fall within your budgetary guidelines; and document proof of concept. In 2021, we now provide services in 45/50 states and are proud of our client retention record, as we have not lost an EDGE software partner in the past 5 years.

Thanks for your confidence and trust in our mission. We foresee a prosperous 2021 for our partnership. We have all been humbled but will emerge stronger and more dedicated to protecting and guiding those who we serve. Work and contribution to a common goal is an essential component for purpose and peace of mind. You have my word that we will continue to invest our time and energies to create smart, cost effective and compassionate resources to support your efforts in the new and ever changing labor market. My cell (203-605-9100) is always on should you wish to share ideas.

To An Amazing 2021,

Chris Kuselias, CEO

 

Career TEAM’s Values in Action – We are a team with family values.
Creating and Sustaining Person-to-Person Connections, Virtually

With the pivot to virtual, remote operations, most employees work with colleagues and customers via phone or email, and face-to-face interactions are via a Zoom box. Keeping the organizational culture thriving is an ongoing, worthwhile task in this new work environment.  Culture is the glue the binds, the power that transforms, and the engine to innovate.  Culture draws staff in and allows them to understand that they matter and the why to their work.  In fact, an employee who feels engaged and inspired is 125 percent more productive than the satisfied staffer (Bain & Company’s Time. Talent. Energy).

 

Career TEAM’s Pierce County office keeps those connections alive by finding ways to connect person-to-person, even virtually.  We let our hair down, have some fun, and remind each other that we are still here for each other even though we are not in the same room. These activities are our way of putting our value of “we are a team with family values” into action. Here are three examples that keep our connections strong:

  1. Friday dance parties via Zoom: 4:50 pm on Friday, the song is ready, staff with family, friends, and fur babies log-in. The song is played, and we dance, laugh, and then wish everyone well. It’s a wonderful way to end the work week and start the weekend.  It refreshes the mind and the heart.
  2. Celebrate important days such as birthdays with a zoom sing along. If you haven’t tried to sing as a group on zoom, it’s not easy. We have a new appreciation for the musical artists who do.  Remembering birthdays reminds staff that they are valued and appreciated, and we SEE them.  It’s easy for some team members to fade into the background in the virtual world, make sure you see all staff.
  3. Encourage breaktimes with virtual coffee breaks, use gchat function, or don’t end a zoom meeting to let people gather afterwards to talk. In the office, we all had those hallway chats and watercooler moments that don’t happen without effort in the virtual, remote world.  Creating opportunities for staff to learn about each other, such as favorite teams, foods, and hobbies, helps energize connections and support building professional rapport, which can come in handy later when staff needs to get a task done together.

 

Creating and nurturing connections with and amongst your staff is not time wasted – it is time well spent.  While leaders hold the responsibility for setting the stage for organizational culture, each staff can do their part to put culture into action. If you are a leader, how do you help your team connect?  If you are staff, what can you do to nurture connections?

BOWLING GREEN KY –- Career EDGE, a web-based platform to deliver virtual career services to job-seekers is set to be implemented statewide this month.  The South Central Workforce Development Board was the first workforce board in Kentucky to begin utilizing Career EDGE.

Dr. Robert Boone, President/CEO of the South Central Workforce Development Board explains, “Career EDGE has been utilized by our organization for almost two years as part of a vision to offer ‘beyond bricks and mortar’ career services.  That vision has enabled over 2,000 career seekers to better prepare for the job search utilizing technology.  I am thankful that we invested in Career EDGE well in advance of the COVID-19 pandemic, enabling us to provide uninterrupted services to our career seeker customers in absence of being able to offer in person services.  I am especially grateful that the Cabinet of Education and Workforce Development has made this investment in Career EDGE for the entire state.”

According to Kentucky Cabinet for Education and Workforce Development Deputy Secretary Josh Benton, “We are excited about expanding the virtual career services statewide through Career EDGE. South Central Workforce Development Board has had great success with these programs and we are looking forward to making it available to all Kentuckians.”

Career EDGE consists of 18 interactive modules with built-in virtual coaching including a job interview simulator, resume and job application builder, guidance in developing a personal brand, and essential life skills curriculum to support career seekers in preparation for finding a job or advance in employment. Career TEAM Founder/CEO, Chris Kuselias states, “We applaud the Kentucky Cabinet of Education and Workforce Development and Dr. Robert Boone for their innovation and forward thinking. Remote access learning including online candidate assessment and interviews and overall career management via smart device is the new reality. We are honored to be a partner and deliver enhanced outcomes for the state.”

Along with the introduction of Career EDGE in each of the state’s 10 workforce regions, is an outreach effort primarily led on the social media platforms, Facebook, Instragram, and Twitter @kycareeredge.  The social media presence of Kentucky Career EDGE will enhance the service delivery of Career EDGE content, provide additional resources to career seekers, and allow for a forum to share best practices in utilizing virtual tools for the job search.

Access to Kentucky Career EDGE is provided at www.kycareeredge.com.  New users simply register for an account by entering in basic contact information, along with their zip code to verify Kentucky residency.  Registration takes less than one minute, after which the user has immediate access to all modules and services within the Kentucky Career EDGE platform.

The South Central Workforce Development Board leads the development and implementation of a highly effective workforce development system in the ten counties of South Central Kentucky in collaboration with business, economic development, education and community organizations in the labor market area.

For more information on Career EDGE or the South Central Workforce Development Board, please call 270-935-0518

 

Career Centers are closed around the county, offering digital content and tools in today’s workforce world is essential to serving our job seekers and employers.

5 QUESTIONS TO MEASURE YOUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19:

1. Do you currently offer Online Orientation for WIOA, TANF, SNAP, Youth?
2. Can your customers upload their eligibility documents to a secure online portal?
3. Do you have a Learning Management System with Zoom integration?
4. Can your customer access online workshops or other career readiness tools (resume builder, interview simulator, etc.)?
5. How are you tracking customer participation benchmarks and time on task?

Join our next Career EDGE webinar to see the first and only workforce development Learning Management + Case Management combined software: On demand video training, tools for resume building, interview simulations, host your orientation, integrate with your video conferencing software, track customer participation, and allow your job seekers to upload their eligibility documents.

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At this year’s Leader’s Summit, the first ever prestigious award was given. This award was named after one of Career TEAM’s most impactful leaders, Mr James L Johnson of Wilmington, DE. Throughout his time at Career TEAM Mr J has lead and inspired the next generation of workforce development professionals by showcasing his best quality: Integrity

Mr J has taken many Career TEAM employees under his wing to show them the ropes and leads with his famous motto of “Just do the gig.” Mr J was part of one of Career TEAM’s outreach programs years ago and traveled to Haiti to make sure a children’s orphanage was receiving the donated funds from Career TEAM. From these acts of kindness, to his many relationships with politicians and highly influential people, to always being the best dressed man in the room, Mr J will always be an example of what it means to be a Career TEAMer.

Career Team’s East Texas had record breaking attendance at their February 2020 job fair with over 700 job seekers and over 60 employers filling the Tyler Rose Garden!  East Texas employers were extremely pleased with both the quality and quantity of candidates.  There was a continuous and steady of flow of eager job seekers throughout the event.

We would like to offer a Congratulations to Korbin and Selina two of our jobseekers who received permanent job offers at UT Health following their pathway to successful healthcare careers!

Overall, the event was extremely successful for our employers and job seekers alike and as usual, our Business Services Team made it look easy.  The teamwork demonstrated by not only the Workforce Solutions frontline team, but by our community and funding source partners were second to none and truly demonstrates East Texas couldn’t have a finer group of professionals looking after their interests.

Every year Career TEAM Leaders gather together to learn, share best practices and celebrate. This year, Career TEAM took over Miami Florida, the home of one of their newest projects! Each leader presented on themselves and their project. Sharing with other leaders from around the country how their programs work, what challenges they face and what new ideas they are utilizing to help their customers, partners, and staff. This Leadership Summit also included team building exercises and games and also a lot of fun in beautiful Miami.
Where will CTL go next year and who will be added to the TEAM?