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Labor Department’s Roger Therrien Receives NASWA’s Vladimir Chavrid Memorial Award
Haddam resident honored for labor market information expertise

For immediate release
November 5, 2007

WETHERSFIELD, Roger Therrien, Director of the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Office of Research, has been selected as the 2007 recipient of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies’ (NASWA) prestigious Vladimir Chavrid LMI Award for his work in the field of labor market information.

Therrien, a Haddam resident and 33-year Connecticut Department of Labor employee, was presented with the award in October during NASWA’s annual labor market information (LMI) director’s conference held in Seattle, WA.

Given in recognition of excellence and achievement in the field of labor market information and employment security operations research, the Vladimir Chavrid Memorial Award is named after an early pioneer in the labor market information field. Honorees are selected based on the following criteria: making extensive contributions to the labor market information program over a period of time; demonstrating project leadership with a unique labor market information process, method, or system that has garnered national, regional, or state recognition; or showing a commitment to a variety of professional activities that support the development and advancement of labor market information.

 Therrien was elected in 2002 to serve as New England’s representative on the Workforce Information Council, the national body of federal and state officials responsible for guiding the development and improvement of the nationwide labor market information system. He has led the council as state co-chair since 2005. 

Since the early 1990s, Therrien has overseen the production of economic, workforce and career information for the state, including the Connecticut Economic Digest, a monthly journal with comprehensive data on the state’s economy, and Connecticut Career Paths, an information resource used for career planning and preparation in high schools, colleges and organizations.

He is also Executive Director of the Connecticut Career Resource Network, a member of the NASWA’s Labor Market Information Committee, and is involved in a number of national policy and research workgroups that are working to enhance the quality and availability of economic

and workforce information in the United States. He is also an original member of America’s Labor Market Information System Resource Center, on which he serves as chair of the database structure committee. 

Nominating Therrien for the Vladimir Chavrid LMI Award was Rebecca Rust, Director of Labor Market Information in Florida.

“As Director of Research for the Connecticut Department of Labor, Roger has been responsible for many of the primary economic statistics and occupational and career information produced for Connecticut as well as for many unemployment insurance and employment service management reports for the Department of Labor,” Rust noted in her nomination. “He has taken a lead role in the development and delivery of labor market information for the workforce development system in Connecticut.“

Therrien, Rust added, “is the epitome of what Vladimir Chavrid was all about in LMI – hard work, sound decision making, solid research and dedication to helping all LMI customers with the best data possible about labor market information. He is a tireless advocate for LMI and is most deserving of this year’s NASWA LMI Award.”

“It’s a true honor to receive this award and I am very pleased,“ Therrien said. “In the truest sense, however, it is an honor that reflects not only on the work that I’ve done, but also the positive work accomplished by the entire staff in the Office of Research. Connecticut’s residents and businesses should be pleased to know that the Department of Labor has dedicated people who have been recognized nationally for the excellent work they do.”

The conference included NASWA members from each of the 50 U.S. States, the District of Columbia, and the territories of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.

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