These are the California Chapter state award categories:

Award of Distinction

  • Member or Non-member – individual and group.

    Recognizes outstanding contributions to CA Chapter or to workforce development programs. The recipient(s) must be from the private sector or a non-governmental, non-profit organization and not employed by a workforce development entity.

Meritorious Award

  • Member – individual and group

    Recognizes outstanding service or achievement beyond normal expectations or job requirements that benefit CA Chapter and the workforce development field. Nominees demonstrated individual initiative and creativity outside of their job responsibilities.

Customer Service Award

  • Member – individual and group.

    Recognizes exceptional service to customers served throughout the workforce system including, but not limited to work with job seekers, UI claimants, businesses, schools, and vocational rehabilitation, people with disabilities, former felons, co-workers, youths, welfare recipients, and job training participants.

Services to Veterans Award

  • Member or Non-member – individual and group.

    Recognizes those who have done the most to assist veterans and promote interest in their rights in the workplace. In addition, it recognizes an outstanding, innovative program or awareness and promotion of veterans’ interests and rights in the workforce.

Retiree Award

  • Member – individual.

    Recognizes a retiree who has shown continued outstanding commitment to the association’s objectives following retirement. Nominees should have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments in advancing CA Chapter objectives, e.g. leadership on a board, committee or initiative group (not restricted to CA Chapter); participation in educational, membership, communication, fund-raising or legislative activities; mentoring chapter leaders and/ or participation that advances the member’s local community.

Employee Performance Award (EDD & Partners)

  • Member – individual and group

    Recognizes an individual or group who has gone above and beyond their assigned duties to provide outstanding service to the public through excellent performance. The Nominee must have demonstrated exceptional achievements that contributed to the smooth performance of operations through positive attitude, accuracy, representing the agency with the public, handling workload under unusual conditions, adaptability, initiative and dependability.

Fostering Partnerships Award

  • Member or Non-member – individual and group.

    Recognizes individuals or groups who have demonstrated diligent efforts to partner with EDD and or the CWC Chapter; while collaboratively delivering valuable and innovative services to meet the evolving needs of members, employers, workers, and job seekers.

Partner organizations such as the Department of Rehabilitation, Workforce Investment Act Partners, the Small Business Administration, Employment Advisory Councils, Chambers of Commerce, governmental agencies, etc. all play an important role in the workforce system and employment security, so CA Chapter would like to acknowledge them accordingly. If you need help writing an award nomination: Contact your, Local Chapter President or any State Officer for assistance.

For those awards that are only given to CA Chapter Members, CA Chapter membership is required in both the year during which the activity occurred (2019) and the year in which the nomination was submitted (2020).

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