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Thank You

Thank You

Thank you to all who were able to help NOWCC spread the word and reach our goal on #GivingTuesday. This was our second year participating and we very happy to say that we not only met our goal, but exceeded it. With these donations, we will be able to do more to further NOWCC’s mission and meet employers’ needs for competent workers by providing access to individuals age 55 and over, and to enhance lifelong employment opportunities of experienced workers through training, job placement, education, research and advocacy. If you missed out on donating on #GivingTuesday, but would still like to donate, click here:...

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#Giving Tuesday

#Giving Tuesday

NOWCC provides jobs for seniors in 48 states and Washington, D.C. impacting the lives of 30,000 experienced workers and their families for over 21 years. NOWCC, a nonprofit headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is committed to creating and providing income security for seniors as they continue to contribute their years of skills and expertise in meaningful ways. NOWCC’s programs lead to results.  NOWCC’s experienced workers are engaged in jobs that protect the environment, conserve natural resources, and the National Forest System. Through your generous tax-deductible contributions we are able to expand our mission by providing meaningful opportunities to more talented seniors.  Please contribute to NOWCC today. “The NOWCC program has enabled me to be self-sufficient and independent. Being able to use my wisdom and knowledge gives me purpose.”  Easy Ways to Contribute Online Giving To make an online donation, please click on the DONATE button.   Donations by Check To send a donation by regular mail, you can write a check to NOWCC and send it to: National Older Worker Career Center, Inc. (NOWCC) 3811 N Fairfax Dr, Suite 900 Arlington, VA 22203 Attn: Giving Thank you for your generous...

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9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

  NOWCC’s Western Field Office staff in Lakewood, Colorado, participated in a 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. This is an annual event organized by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Participants complete nine laps up, down and around Red Rocks which roughly equals the steps NYC firefighters climbed in the twin towers on 9/11. The WFO staff found the experience incredibly moving. Click here to learn more about the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation:  ...

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Feeding the Seniors

Feeding the Seniors

  “One in seven seniors live in poverty.” NOWCC Headquarters staff participated in the AARP Foundation’s Summer of Service Packing Meals for Seniors earlier this month. The goal was to pack over one million meals for seniors. Staff provided very positive feedback on this mission focused event. To read more about the events hosted by AARP, click here....

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Job Shadow

Job Shadow

NOWCC staff participated in a Job Shadow Day for the Leadership Arlington Youth Program students. Special thanks to NOWCC Staff and Leadership Arlington Students for making the program day successful. The Leadership Arlington Youth Program’s purpose is “to enhance leadership skills and awareness of the need for philanthropy, community service and civic participation in rising high school juniors and seniors.” This event truly makes a difference in the lives of students....

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Congratulations Linda Holiman on IOM Certification

Congratulations Linda Holiman on IOM Certification

Congratulations to Linda Holiman who recently completed an intensive four year Chamber of Commerce Foundation Leadership Program at the University of Wisconsin.  Linda now holds her IOM (Institute of Organizational Management) certification. Great job!!! The IOM is the “premier nonprofit professional development program for association, chamber, and nonprofit professionals fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities.”

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Feeding the Homeless

Feeding the Homeless

NOWCC Volunteered again this year in A-SPAN’s Bagged Meal Program for the homeless.  Staff bagged meals for 50 homeless people in Arlington, VA.  NOWCC is proud to be able to assist in this program. To read more about the work done by A-SPAN, click here.

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NOWCC Welcomes Patti Finke as our ACES Recruiter Assistant

NOWCC Welcomes Patti Finke as our ACES Recruiter Assistant

Patti Finke began working at NOWC this summer on part-time basis before joining the staff full-time on September 1, 2018 as ACES Recruiter assistant for the Western Field Office. Prior to joining NOWCC, Patti retired with 40 years of service with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the Farm Service Agency.  When Patti’s not working she enjoys all the outdoor activities in Colorado with her husband.

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Congratulations to Kathleen Branch on Leadership Arlington Graduation

Congratulations to Kathleen Branch on Leadership Arlington Graduation

Congratulations to Kathleen who graduated from the intensive nine month Leadership Arlington Signature Program last night. This premier leadership development program provides leaders in private, public and nonprofit sectors an opportunity for personal and professional growth.  The program is designed to enhance leadership skills and broaden leaders knowledge of the issues and opportunities facing Arlington County.

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Take Your Kids to Work Day

Take Your Kids to Work Day

NOWCC participated in our 2nd annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day an enjoyable experience for the children based on their feedback. Kudos to the #1 NOWCC Team – Kathleen, Aleth, Reza & Yvonne for your hard work and dedication for planning and ensuring a successful event. A wonderful experience for everyone including job shadowing, learning about what we do at NOWCC, Forest Service visit with educational materials and badges, a Scavenger Hunt, Chick-fil-A lunch, fun at the playground, watching movies, several contest winners & getting to know each other better.  ...

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NOWCC Welcomes Jessica Huang as Payroll Specialist/Grants Analyst Assistant

NOWCC Welcomes Jessica Huang as Payroll Specialist/Grants Analyst Assistant

Jessica Huang joined NOWCC full-time in April 2018 as a Payroll & Grants Analyst Assistant. Her career began in consulting and software development, but later transitioned to accounting and administration. She has 15 years of payroll processing, accounting, and office management experience in the IT sector. Jessica has earned a Master of Professional Studies degree in Sustainable Urban Planning from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois. She has also completed a number of accounting courses at Northern Virginia Community College for professional development. She enjoys board games and puzzles and is passionate about waste...

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NOWCC Welcomes Stephanie Lee as Payroll Specialist

NOWCC Welcomes Stephanie Lee as Payroll Specialist

Stephanie began her career with NOWCC Payroll Department in February of 2017 as a Payroll Specialist.  She came to us from Arizona where she worked as a Payroll Specialist for a Dunkin’ Donut franchisee.  It was in Arizona where Stephanie earned her Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) and her Fundamental Payroll Certificate (FPC) Certifications.

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NOWCC Congratulates Reza Rafi on his new position as Office Manager

NOWCC Congratulates Reza Rafi on his new position as Office Manager

Reza has over 25+ years of senior level operational and financial leadership experience with nonprofits and accounting firms. He has a history of collaborating with diverse stakeholders, strong business acumen, staff development and leadership skills, specialization in auditing, regulatory compliance and a thorough understanding process improvement, internal controls, program management, customer service focus and a professional demeanor. Reza worked for the past sixteen years as a University Instructor for George Mason University and the University of Phoenix. Reza served as the Chief Operating Officer at NOWCC from 1996 – 2004 and as the Manager of Finance and Administration for the SEE Program at AARP. Reza has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master’s in Business Administration in...

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NOWCC Congratulates Aleth Alemor on her new position as Payroll Director

NOWCC Congratulates Aleth Alemor on her new position as Payroll Director

Aleth Almelor joined NOWCC in October 2010 as Payroll Specialist. In December 2017 she was promoted to the position of Payroll Director. Prior to working at NOWCC, she worked for an international logistics company as a payroll coordinator.

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Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile

NOWCC is listed as a charitable organization with Amazon Smile and this is another avenue for us to receive donations to further our mission. We are entering the busy holiday shopping season and what an easy way for us to support NOWCC by shopping on smile.amazon.com.  A few key facts about Amazon Smile: Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Support your charitable organization by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com Please think about selecting NOWCC as your charitable organization this holiday season on smile.amazon.com. You can also share with your network of family and friends. It is extremely easy to do. The steps are as follows: Go to smile.amazon.com Choose Supporting: Nonprofit Name Search for National Older Worker Career Center Select National Older Worker Career Center to generate donations by placing orders. Thank...

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Thank You

Thank You

Thank you to all who were able to help NOWCC spread the word and reach our goal on #GivingTuesday. This was our first year participating and we very happy to say that we not only met our goal of $1000, but exceeded it. With these donations, we will be able to do more to further NOWCC’s mission and meet employers’ needs for competent workers by providing access to individuals age 55 and over, and to enhance lifelong employment opportunities of experienced workers through training, job placement, education, research and advocacy. If you missed out on donating on #GivingTuesday, but would still like to donate, click here: https://www.nowcc.org/donate/...

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#GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday

  The National Older Worker Career Center has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. This year we celebrated 20 years of positive impact on the lives of seniors by providing opportunities to contribute their skills and expertise with over one million hours of service to federal agencies. With your donations we will be able to do more to further NOWCC’s mission to provide more opportunities for experienced workers.  Click here to donate:...

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NOWCC Congratulates Bonnie Calvert on her new positions as ACES Program Associate

NOWCC Congratulates Bonnie Calvert on her new positions as ACES Program Associate

Bonnie Calvert joined the staff of NOWCC in December 2014. She brings experience and expertise in administration and office management. Ms. Calvert is a champion for the older worker and had previously worked as a SEE Enrollee Administrative Assistant for seven years at the EPA National Enforcement Investigation Center (NEIC) Laboratory in Denver.  Bonnie’s diverse background includes bison ranching and owning a manufacturing company that provided parts and services to the U.S. Department of Defense and NASA.  Bonnie is a Colorado Native that loves the outdoors, but does not ski!  She values the older worker and truly believes that everyone should “discover the power of...

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NOWCC Welcomes Nancy Altman as Director of Accounting

NOWCC Welcomes Nancy Altman as Director of Accounting

Nancy (Nan) Altman joined the NOWCC team in October 2017 as Director of Accounting.   Prior to joining NOWCC Nan worked for MicroStrategy, Inc. for nearly sixteen years where she led accounting operations for their U.S. and Canadian subsidiaries.  She began her accounting career at Ernst & Young, LLP working in both the audit and tax practices.  Nan holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from George Mason University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.

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NOWCC Welcomes Linda Jones as Accounts Payable Specialist

NOWCC Welcomes Linda Jones as Accounts Payable Specialist

Linda Jones joined NOWCC in a temporary position in March 2017.  She then became a full time Accounts Payable Specialist in October 2017. Linda brings to NOWCC considerable accounting experience in the nonprofit industry.  Prior to joining NOWCC, she worked as an Accounts Receivable Specialist at Community Health Charities and previously served as an Accounting Analyst (Contractor) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the Natural Resources Conservation Services.  Linda also worked ten years for IBM Corporation/PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting, Government Consulting Division, Accounting Department. Ms. Jones is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She completed the Federal Government Certificate Series at George Mason University which included accounting, federal contracts, audit and procurement...

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Celebrating 20 Years of Service

Celebrating 20 Years of Service

For immediate release      The National Older Worker Career Center, Inc.  – Celebrating 20 Years of Service As the largest generation in U.S. history begins its movement into ‘retirement’, employers in both the public and private sectors are beginning to confront a new challenge – the ‘loss of experienced workers.’  The National Older Worker Career Center, Inc. (NOWCC), a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit headquartered in Arlington, VA, is celebrating 20 years of experience in building flexible work options to help government agencies address that challenge.  NOWCC wishes to use this opportunity to recognize and salute older workers everywhere! Since 1997, the National Older Worker Career Center has provided over 20 million hours of dedicated support to federal agencies through the full- and part-time service of its experienced workers 55 years of age and older.  Today, through four unique programs — the Senior Environmental Employment (SEE) Program operating in the  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Agricultural Conservation Experienced Services (ACES) Program in the Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) of the US Department of Agriculture, Senior Community Service Employment Program in the Department of Labor and the Agricultural Conservation Experienced Services (ACES) in the  Forest Service  — NOWCC recruits and supports over 650 experienced workers to assist those agencies in delivering their important services and programs across America. From its creation, NOWCC has been committed to promoting the value of the skills, experience, and knowledge of the older worker.  Launched with the help of AARP in September,1997, NOWCC began operations with a mission that focused on the promotion of an age-diverse workforce through the expansion of employment opportunities for experienced workers.  Over the past 20 years, experienced workers participating in the SEE Program at EPA have assisted the agency through myriad activities, from the cleanup of the Great Lakes to surveys of pesticide use, from database management to internal and external communications.  Since 2005, the experienced workers recruited, placed and supported by NOWCC in the ACES Program have become a critical resource for NRCS in delivering technical and scientific assistance to ranchers and farmers at the local level through the state conservation districts. With an eye toward the future and a projected shortage of skilled workers, NOWCC is developing new capabilities to provide non-traditional, flexible options that enable work-ready, dedicated experienced workers to be part of the solution for today’s and tomorrow’s workforce challenges. Printable Press Release Contact: Caroline Espree Telephone (703) 558-4200 cespree@nowcc.org...

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U.S. Forest Service Agriculture Conservation Experienced Services (ACES) Program

U.S. Forest Service Agriculture Conservation Experienced Services (ACES) Program

NOWCC is pleased to partner with the U.S. Forest Service to provide ACES enrollees who are experienced workers 55 years and older. Enrollees will assist with technical services for conservation related programs and authorities carried out on National Forest Service (NFS) land. The U. S. Forest Service ACES Program was authorized by Congress with the passage of the Agricultural Act of 2014. “NOWCC is honored to work with the U.S. Forest Service on this exciting endeavor and to further demonstrate the importance of the experienced worker,” said Cito Vanegas, President and CEO. The mission of the U.S. Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Search open positions with the U.S. Forest Service ACES...

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NOWCC Awarded National Grant to Increase Job Training for Older Americans

Arlington, Va. (October 25, 2016) – The National Older Worker Career Center (NOWCC) was awarded a multiyear grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to provide job training and employment services through the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). Read more: nowcc-scsep-press-release

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Baby boomers are taking on ageism – and losing – The Washington Post

Baby boomers are taking on ageism – and losing – The Washington Post

As older Americans continue to work, and/or look for work, in today’s economy, their encounter with ‘ageism’ is likely more pronounced than that felt by earlier generations. Whether the manifestations of ‘ageism’ are subtle or direct, the end result is the same – a barrier to being hired or promotion for ‘older’ workers, usually without consideration of individual talents, abilities, skills and value.  Though we all know highly productive, competitive and valuable employees and bosses, it remains too easy to make decisions based stereotypes and unconscious biases.  See what the Washington Post discovered in this revealing...

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NOWCC Board of Directors Announce New President and CEO

NOWCC Board of Directors Announce New President and CEO

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 8, 2016 CONTACT: Caroline Espree, 703-558-4200 Arlington, VA – The Board of Directors of the National Older Worker Career Center, Inc. is pleased to announce the selection of Cito Vanegas as the organization’s next President and Chief Executive Officer effective August 8, 2016.  Vanegas will succeed Gregory Merrill, who is retiring after 10 years of service leading NOWCC.  Currently serving as Chief Financial Officer, Vanegas brings to the position an extensive nonprofit background that has spanned more than 23 years and an unwavering passion for serving the aging workforce. Vanegas graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, followed by the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation in 1993.  He later earned a Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree from George Mason University.  Leadership awards and certifications include the 2016 Abila Excellence – Force for Good Award, SMART CEO – Executive Management Award – CFO in 2014, Nonprofit Executive Management Certificate from Georgetown University, Institute for Organization Management (IOM) from the US Chamber Commerce Foundation, Future Executive Directors Fellowship from the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater DC, and the American Society on Aging (ASA) Gerontology Certificate. He is active in the nonprofit community, having served as the Board of Directors Chairman of MAG America and Treasurer of the Finance and Administration Roundtable.  He resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and two children. Founded in 1997, NOWCC is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting experienced workers (55 and older) as a valuable and critical component of the nation’s workforce.  NOWCC is a well-established bridge that helps connect experienced workers to meaningful positions in the public sector.  NOWCC provides cost effective, flexible, and innovative experienced worker programs to help federal agencies fulfill their missions. We pride ourselves on listening to our customers and meeting their needs with top of the line quality customer service....

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