What’s on the Horizon?

There is one constant in this world – change.  As a nonprofit, we have worked hard during the pandemic to use our time wisely and look at the changing world as an opportunity to continue to support aspiring career seekers. The fastest way to land a job, earn a promotion or compete for a raise is through professional development opportunities such as continuing education classes. These courses teach professionals valuable skills to enhance their career, make them more employable and


Major Course Update: Frauds, Scams and Cons

Frauds, scams and cons come in many forms; uninvited contact is received by email, letter, and telephone or in person making false promises to con victims out of money. There are many of these sorts of scams that change based on current situations, such as CO-VID.  However, there are underlying principles that can be applied to protect consumers and organizations from financial losses.  In the end, our neighbors and community organizations are negatively impacted financially, reputation-wise, emotionally and physically.  How


2021 Spotlight Award

Over the years, CFTEA has actively recognized key contributors to learning and develop as well as the development and evolution of our non-profit.  This award spotlights the individual achievement of a board member.  Since before our new executive director joined in 2018, Lise Patterson has been on the board of directors and the executive committee.  She has served in a number of capacities and most currently is our current board president.  Throughout the early transitions, opportunities and with new board


2021 Leaving a Legacy Award

Over the years, CFTEA has actively been supported by key contributors in learning and development from our board of directors. Their engagement and leadership have provided the vision in shaping our non-profit as well as providing dedication to workforce development. This year, our award goes to Jane Clark, former Board President from Community National Bank.  All organizations face challenges, however the global pandemic was a challenge that many nonprofits and organizations were not prepared to weather.  The ground beneath us


What is Guided Learning?

Employees with independence and space to learn will make them happier, and a happy learner is more likely to engage in learning what they need to do their job better, but also to prepare for the future by exploring and developing new skills and interests. Supporting organizations want to be in a situation where employees are independently motivated to seek out and learn things. The more they learn, the happier they are; the happier they are, the more engaged they


Applications for New Board Members Open October 1, 2021

Serving on a volunteer board of directors can be one of the great pleasures of your life. When a candidate and a nonprofit are well-matched, serving on a board can be personally and professionally rewarding. Each year, CFTEA looks at available openings on their volunteer board of directors.  Have you considered serving as a board member? Applications Open in October and close by the end of January.  New board members that meet the needs of the organization begin at the


2021 Sapphire Award

Each year a council has been chosen that stood out with enrollments and learning engagement.  This year, our councils were restructured into our new Community Advisory Council focusing on key career needs identified within different communities. With the consolidated councils, our Sapphire Award has transitioned into looking at specific organizations and key contributors that actively promote learning and development for their employees.  With the start of the pandemic, organizations found themselves in new territory.  Plans for training were mostly halted


CFTEA receives the Platinum Seal of Transparency

Woot! Woot! CFTEA earned a 2021 Platinum Seal of Transparency! Learn more about our organization’s impact through our #NonprofitProfile on Candid According to’s report, the top reasons inspiring trust are the nonprofit’s accomplishments, reputation, and financials. On the flip side, donors cited greed and high compensation, negative reputation, and lack of honesty and transparency as the most common reasons to distrust a charity.  The research also found organizations that elect to be more transparent had stronger performance across


2021 Making a Difference Award

The pandemic has been a challenging time for nonprofits, like us.  Having strong board members that support continued growth is critical now more than ever! The Making a Difference Award is based on innovative thinking and inspiration.  The winner this year is a board member that has started some rather large and innovative conversations to bring CFTEA options to a new market.  During their time on the board the recipient has asked skillful questions and shared their story of career


Pardon Our Dust!

Our Learning Management System CFTEA Workplace is experiencing an upgrade and will be unavailable from Monday, September 20, 2021 from 8:30am – 10:30am.  Upon completion of the upgrade, access will return to normal. If you are experiencing issues accessing your courses after the upgrade is complete, please contact our office for support.

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