Industry competency models promote an understanding of the skill sets and competencies that are essential to educate and train a globally competitive workforce. The Competency Model Clearinghouse is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor and provides validated industry competency models and tools to build a custom model and career ladder/lattice for your industry. Information about it can be found at: http://www.careeronestop.org/competencymodel/ Sadly, this is not well marketed, and few workforce professionals seem to know that it even exists! This session on the Competency Model Clearinghouse will provide an overview of the Clearinghouse and the use of its 22 industry models for Career Pathways and Sector Strategies initiatives. It will show how to use the models to define regional skill requirements, provide career guidance and exploration, support area businesses’ human resource functions, frame certification requirements, and to develop industry-driven curricula. You do not want to miss this important webinar! About the presenter: Alyce Louise Bertsche is the Principal Investigator and Project Manager for the USDOL/ETA Competency Model Initiative. Alyce Louise has over 25 years of experience in the fields of education and employment and training, and is currently a consultant with JBS International in North Bethesda, MD. She has been instrumental in many initiatives to define essential skills for the workplace, including SCANS, Equipped for the Future, the National Retail Federation’s Skill Standards; and the National Skill Standards Board.