Press Release for Wednesday, December 5, 2007

UNF Presents Annual Employee Development Awards

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102


The University of North Florida’s Division of Continuing Education, in cooperation with the American Society for Training & Development (Northeast Florida Chapter) and the Society for Human Resource Management (Jacksonville Chapter), held the 7th Annual Excellence in Employee Development Awards today at the University Center on campus. Today’s event coincided with Employee Learning Week.

“We are well aware that the workplace is rapidly changing and becoming more complex. A major challenge is recruiting and retaining a qualified workforce,” said Robert Wood, dean of UNF Continuing Education. “Data has cited training opportunities for staff as a key factor in both recruiting and retaining our valuable human resources. Excellent training is good business.”

Created by the American Society for Training & Development, Employee Learning Week is an opportunity for organizations to demonstrate their commitment to workforce development.

The Excellence in Employee Development Awards recognized companies, organizations, departments, teams and individuals whose outstanding achievements have significantly advanced workplace learning and performance.

The winners are as follows:

Excellence in Employee Development Award:
•Naylor Employee Development
•Mayo Clinic
•Shands Jacksonville


Excellence in Learning Partnerships Award:
•Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida

Trainer Excellence Award:
•Linda L. Plummer – Plummer & Associates
•Community First Credit Union – Robin Norton
•Rhonda C. Mitchell – UNF Center for Professional Development & Training

Excellence in Measuring & Evaluating Training Award:
•Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
•Sea Star, LLC

Excellence in E-learning earning Award:
•UNF Center for Professional Development & Training

Excellence in Blended Learning Award:
•Prosperity Bank
•Rachel Stromberg Wical
•JEA

Excellence in Program Design:
•USF Lakeland FYII
•Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
•Community First Credit Union – Robin Norton

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida is a leader in Florida's health industry and was honored to have been recognized at the 7th Annual Excellence in Employee Development Awards ceremony in three categories.

"The BCBSF mission places an emphasis on advancing the health and well being of Florida's citizens and serving Floridians requires an organization that is committed to learning and continuous improvement," said Lynn Capaldo, director, Corporate Learning & Development, BCBSF. "This is accomplished through the commitment and dedication of our employees. BCBSF supports the development of superior managers so they, in turn, can provide the leadership to their teams who serve our customers every day."

UNF Continuing Education, “Your First Choice Training Provider,” offers the community an array of educational programs, ranging from professional development, conferences, executive leadership, legal, customized solutions and workforce development.


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