Tuesday, November 30, 2004

A Fairmont State Community & Technical College employee has been honored as the West Virginia Service Providers Associate Partner of the Year.

Jennifer Weist, a Program Manager for FSC&TC since 2000, was nominated for the award by the Region VI Workforce Investment Board for the work she does on behalf of Fairmont State with the Fairmont WORKFORCE West Virginia Center.

The Fairmont WORKFORCE West Virginia Center serves as a broker for a variety of services to citizens, business and industry in a user-friendly facility. Both job seekers and employers have access to a variety of employment and training services under one roof. The One-Stop Center is the entry point for those seeking job training and employment in Marion and Taylor counties. The One-Stop concept allows individuals to receive services from one agency rather than from several. In addition, the center aids employers by enhancing the characteristics of the area's labor market and business climate. The center is located at 107-109 Adams St. in the West Virginia State Office Complex in Fairmont.

Weist serves as Chair of the Management Team Consortium (and has been since its creation in 2001). She also serves on several committees for the Region VI Workforce Investment Board and as a liaison between FSC&TC and the other WORKFORCE West Virginia Centers in Morgantown, Clarksburg and Elkins, W.Va.

Barbara DeMary of the Region VI Workforce Investment Board nominated Weist for the award.

"Jennifer assumed the Fairmont One-Stop Chair position in 2001. During that time, she has led the Fairmont One-Stop in a concentrated effort to work closely with area training providers and to promote partnerships,"DeMary wrote. "Under Jennifer's direction, the Fairmont WORKFORCE West Virginia Center has implemented numerous innovative programs which are unique to the center and include: monthly Event Days involving training provider participation, daily radio ads promoting partner training providers and events with free air time, partner recognition, yearly recruitment meetings and yearly strategic planning sessions."

A native of Cross Lanes, W.Va., Weist and her husband Ron reside in Benton's Ferry and have two children, Joshua, 4, and Abigail, 18 months. She received her B.A. degree from Alderson Broaddus College, a M.S.W. from West Virginia University and is currently working toward an M.S. from Mountain State University.

For more information on the WORKFORCE West Virginia Center, visit www.fairmontworkforce.com.