Center for Management Development Honored for Making a Difference

(L-R) ASTD’s Catherine Baker, CMD’s Peggy Grant and Margaret O’Donnell, and ASTD’s Vanetta Gray at the awards ceremony.

Rutgers' Center for Management Development (CMD) was honored in December for its commitment to workplace learning, when the Mid New Jersey chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) presented it with a “Making a Difference” award. The tribute recognized the Center’s commitment to workplace development, as well as support of operations and programming for the chapter.

Since its founding in 1947, CMD has been an international leader in developing and delivering innovative training solutions to strengthen the business, human resources, leadership, and management skills of its individual and organizational clients. The Center serves as a sponsor for the mid New Jersey Chapter of ASTD, which is dedicated to advancing the knowledge and skills of workplace learning professionals in the New Jersey and Tri-State area.

“ASTD’s high standards for excellence and best practices in training and development make this award particularly gratifying,” noted William J. Bigoness, CMD Executive Director. “Like us, this valuable organization believes that effective workplace education can bridge the gap between learning and doing, contributing to improved performance and directly impacting results.”

Peggy Grant, CMD Senior Program Director, and Margaret O’Donnell, Program Manager, accepted the award during ASTD’s second annual New Jersey Workplace Learning and Performance Achievement Honors, held as part of its holiday gala. The event took place during ASTD’s 2011 National Employee Learning Week (Dec. 5-9).

Pictured: (L-R) ASTD’s Catherine Baker, CMD’s Peggy Grant and Margaret O’Donnell, and ASTD’s Vanetta Gray at the awards ceremony.

According to ASTD, Employee Learning Week “is an awareness campaign highlighting the important connection between learning and achieving organizational results.” In 2010, the Mid New Jersey and Northern New Jersey ASTD chapters received a proclamation from Governor Christie recognizing Employee Learning Week and the value of workplace learning.

“In our fast-paced, increasingly competitive world, ongoing education and skills development has become critical to the success of both individuals and organizations,” Grant noted. “ASTD is playing an important role in promoting this concept. Its Employee Learning Week encourages companies to highlight their commitments to building a knowledgeable, skilled workforce. We are pleased to be involved in this great endeavor.”

According to Catherine Baker, ASTD’s Vice President of Marketing, CMD’s contributions in this area are significant. “It is a win-win to work with Rutgers, which has a common goal with our chapter in advancing the knowledge and skills of individuals to make them more employable, as well as able to advance in their current job roles,” she said. “We look forward to continuing our relationship in the years ahead.”

CMD’s Open Enrollment Programs bring practitioners from different organizations and industries together in a rich and diverse learning environment. They are designed to develop skills and capabilities through the powerful combination of expert class instruction and peer interaction. The Center also offers corporate training through customized, on-site programs as well as consulting and advisory services. For more information, visit the CMD website.

ASTD is the world's largest association dedicated to workplace learning and performance professionals. ASTD's members come from more than 100 countries and connect locally in almost 140 U.S. chapters and 25 Global Networks. Members work in thousands of organizations of all sizes, in government, as independent consultants, and suppliers.

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