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The IWNC is comprised of leaders from global businesses, small businesses, and education.

Realityworks Inc. develops interactive, educational simulations that changes lives. Their products and curricula are used in career & technical education, family & consumer sciences, health occupations, business education, welding instruction, social services, public health, the military and more. Their simulation technology has been used around the world since 1993, improving and enhancing social, emotional, and physical health.

Siemens Infrastructure and Cities offers sustainable technologies for metropolitan centers and urban infrastructures worldwide with their portfolio comprising integrated mobility solutions, building and security systems, power distribution equipment, smart grid applications and low- and medium-voltage products.

Trane/Ingersoll Rand is all about air - cool air, warm air, clean air. As a world leader in air conditioning systems, services and solutions, they control the comfort of the air for people in homes and many of the world's largest and most famous commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. And they are applying Trane's expertise in environmental technology and energy conservation to make a difference in energy efficiency around the globe.

Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 116,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. Lockheed Martin is the largest provider of IT services, systems integration, and training to the U.S. Government. The remaining portion of Lockheed Martin's business is comprised of international government and some commercial sales of their products, services and platforms. It is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland.

Caterpillar Inc., since 1929, has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. With 2012 sales and revenues of $65.875 billion, Caterpillar is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company also is a leading services provider through Caterpillar Financial Services, Caterpillar Remanufacturing Services and Progress Rail Services. Caterpillar's success is built on the talent and commitment of more than 132,000 employees in countries spanning the globe.

Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) ensures human comfort, productivity, and safety, while practicing environmental stewardship. AHRI 300 member companies produce more than 90 percent of the residential and commercial air conditioning, heating, water heating, and commercial refrigeration equipment made in North America. Through their certification program, standards, advocacy, and other activities, they strive to help save energy, improve productivity, and ensure a better environment. AHRI advocates on behalf of its members at all levels of government, working to ensure that members' interests are included in final drafts of legislation.

The HVACR Workforce Development Foundation is dedicated to leading an industry effort to develop and promote educational projects, programs, and partnerships to attract committed and skilled employees to a career in HVACR - Heating, Ventilating, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration. The HVACR Workforce Development Foundation raises the awareness of the HVACR industry and the importance it plays in daily lives; creates interest in the HVACR industry as an attractive and profitable career choice and enhances the quality and quantity of available workforce for the HVACR industry.

National Restaurant Association Education Foundation (NRAEF) is a philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association. The mission of the NRAEF is to enhance the restaurant industry's service to the public through education, community engagement and promotion of career opportunities. The NRAEF impacts the prosperity of the restaurant industry by developing a stronger workforce and building the next generation of industry leaders. The Foundation's educational initiatives provide culinary, management, food safety and employability skills training to build a pipeline of talent for the growing industry.

Universal Technical Institute is a nationwide provider of technical education training for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians. Through our campus-based school system, the company offers specialized technical education programs under the banner of the well-known brands Universal Technical Institute (UTI), Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI), Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) and NASCAR Technical Institute (NASCAR Tech). Universal Technical Institute, Inc., sets the standard in professional and technical education, lifelong learning and employment services.

Snap-on, Inc. is a US designer, manufacturer and marketer of high-end tools and equipment to professional tool users. Founded in 1920, Snap-on is located in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and employs approximately 11,500 people worldwide.


The following organizations proudly assist the IWNC in its activities and collaborate on initiatives where shared resources may be of assistance in driving our agenda.

Association of Career and Technical EducationAssociation of Career and Technical Education is the nation's largest not-for-profit education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers.

National Association of State Directors for Career and Technical Education (NASDCTEc) was established in 1920 to represent the state and territory heads of secondary, postsecondary and adult career technical education (CTE) across the nation. NASDCTEc, through leadership, advocacy and partnerships, aims to support an innovative CTE system that prepares individuals to succeed in education and their careers, and poises the United States to flourish in a global, dynamic economy.

National Association of Workforce Boards represents approximately 600 Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) and their 12,000 business members that coordinate and leverage workforce strategies with education and economic development stakeholders within their local communities, to ensure that state and local workforce development and job training programs meet the needs of employers. NAWB is the only association that advocates for Workforce Investment Boards. NAWB works closely with policy makers in Washington, DC to inform national strategy as it relates to WIBs and our partners in education, economic development, labor and business.

Opportunity Nation is a bipartisan, national campaign comprised of more than 300 businesses, educational institutions, nonprofits and civic organizations working together to expand economic mobility and close the opportunity gap in America.

Ideagen 100, a cross-sector, collective impact member network where the world’s leading corporations, NGO’s, and public sector organizations convene to innovate and collaborate, focused on the theme, Global Resiliency: America and the World in 2050.

The National Center for College and Career Transitions, or (NC3T), has works to connect schools, postsecondary institutions, and employers in order to introduce students to the array of options available to them, and to help them prepare for the types of opportunities for which they are best suited.

Innovate+Educate is a "think & do" leader implementing research-based strategies to close the national skills gap and bridge the opportunity divide. 

Opportunity America is a Washington think tank and policy shop promoting economic mobility - work, skills, careers, entrepreneurship and inclusion.


Global Skills X-Change - professional services firm that specializes in designing workforce education strategies and processes.


USA Today - multi-platform news and information media company, founded in 1982.

Manpower - world leader in innovative workforce solutions, connecting human potential to the power of business.



GAK3 - business venture development and investment company to strengthen startup and growing business ventures throughout the country and especially in the Mid Ohio Valley.

XEROX - world’s leading enterprise for business process and document management.


Penn Foster - offers practical, affordable programs for high school, college, and career school.


Alaska Workforce Investment Board - tasked with reviewing plans and providing recommendations to the State of Alaska to further train and prepare Alaskans for the workforce--and help grow Alaska's economy.


The Propeller Club - Port of Tampa - largest Propeller Club in the United States, with over 450 active members. The Club supports the maritime industry, promotes maritime education and provides opportunities to foster goodwill and cooperative relationships among the individuals, businesses and government agencies who make up Florida's largest seaport community.

Nucleus Academic - delivers e-learning in a new, innovative and community-based fashion for students, educators, vendors and publishers.

National Coalition of Certification Centers - established to address the need for strong industry partnerships with educational institutions in order to develop, implement and sustain industry-recognized portable certifications that have strong validation and assessment standards.

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