Labor Department’s Roger
Therrien Receives NASWA’s Vladimir Chavrid Memorial Award
honored for labor market information expertise
For immediate release
November 5, 2007
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.
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.
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
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.
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.“
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.”
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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