NCLR Workforec Development program recognized among best in the nation

WASHINGTON, D.C.—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) is pleased to announce that Philanthropedia, a division of Guide Star, has selected NCLR as one of 15 outstanding nonprofits in the workforce development field. More than 100 experts researched and reviewed nonprofit programs in the field and selected the NCLR Workforce Development program as one of the best in the U.S. Guide Star is an independent organization that offers the general public and potential donors expert reviews of how financially responsible charities are performing in specific sectors.
Philanthropedia’s ranking of NCLR’s Workforce Development program identified NCLR’s leadership, national presence and civic engagement efforts as strengths that benefit the Latino community and workforce, citing NCLR’s “focused methodology and policy advocacy as evidence of their ability to improve career and employment conditions for Latinos.” The experts also stated that NCLR’s reputation in the field and its influential conferences and meetings have an impact on other organizations that engage in workforce development issues.
“We are proud to receive this national recognition from Philanthropedia for NCLR’s workforce development program. We support policies and programs that help Latinos gain the education and skills needed for good jobs and ensure that all workers have safe and fair working environments,” said Margaret R. McLeod, Deputy Vice President, Education and Workforce Development, NCLR.
NCLR’s Workforce Development programs prepare workers for lifelong economic and career advancement. The NCLR Career Pathways Initiative targets low-skilled and limited-English-proficient adults and prepares them for high-wage, high-demand jobs in industries such as health care, manufacturing, transportation and logistics and customer service. Together, NCLR and the community organizations that belong to the NCLR Affiliate Network serve as the link between Latino workers and businesses, educational institutions and the workforce systems.
Philanthropedia offered the following expert assessment of NCLR’s Workforce Development programs in providing the public with an understanding of the rankings on its website: “They offer best practices of workforce development from case management all the way to job development by use of a helpful tool from their Workforce Blog. They have great leadership and a strong impact on Latino families. This organization provides great resources for all to benefit from.”
The strength of the American economy is increasingly linked to the success and strength of the Latino workforce. Latinos are the fastest-growing segment of the American workforce, with 22.7 million Latinos at work in the United States, representing 14.8% of the labor force. By 2050, one in three working Americans will be Hispanic.
“Our community is vital to the U.S. workforce and economy, and NCLR will continue to advocate for more training and high-wage job opportunities for Hispanics,” said McLeod.
NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visitwww.nclr.org or follow along on Facebookand Twitter.

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