Blair awarded credential by national association

Bill Blair, workforce development specialist with Pikes Peak Workforce Center, has been awarded the Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP) credential by the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, a national association for individual practitioners in the workforce development process.

“This is a terrific achievement. I am duly impressed that Bill, a seasoned and extremely knowledgeable veteran of the workforce development world, has taken the initiative to pursue this professional credential,” said Charlie Whelan, PPWFC executive director.


Irwin Charter School earns state honor again

James Irwin Charter Elementary School, located in Harrison School District 2, was awarded the John Irwin School of Excellence Award by the Colorado Department of Education for being in the top 8 percent of schools ranked academically in the state. A total of 128 John Irwin Awards were given among all the kindergarten through 12th-grade schools in the state. The John Irwin Award (not related to James Irwin, the school’s namesake) began in 2000 along with the Governor’s Award of Distinction and Centers of Excellence Awards and have been awarded to schools who demonstrate exceptional academic performance at all levels. This is the third consecutive year that James Irwin Charter Elementary School has won the John Irwin Award. The school as seen progressive growth in academics since its opening in 2005. In 2010, it received the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award, the first year the school was eligible to receive any award.


Care On-Call selected for local honor

Care On-Call has been recognized with a 2013 Best of Colorado Springs Award in the Home Health Care Non-Medical category by the Colorado Springs Award Program, which each year identifies companies that have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. The local companies also enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

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Regional chapter of National MS Society names officers

Kyle Ocasek, senior associate for Point B, a Denver management consulting firm, was elected chair of the board of trustees of the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National MS Society. Katy Spritzer, an executive at Dividend Capital Total Realty Trust, will serve as secretary and Robert Hartnett, principal, Rothstein Kass, as treasurer. The Colorado-Wyoming Chapter has offices in Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins, and Grand Junction in Colorado and in Cheyenne and Casper, Wyo., to serve and advocate for the more than 100,000 people affected by MS in the two-state region.