Posted on: August 11, 2021
Author: Casandra Blassingame, IACET CEO
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Happy August!

Is anyone just as confused about the weather as I am? Some weeks have been really mild – beautiful days and cooler nights. Others, not so much. Why? Because it’s still summer and we have another 6 weeks to go! I welcome that consistently cool ‘back to school’ weather though. Well, enough about the weather. I hope this message finds you healthy and happy!

IACETs 2nd Annual Conference for Continuing Education and Training September 21-22, 2021, in Reston, Virginia is still on. We are exercising all COVID-19 precautions and following guidelines and mandates to do our part in keeping everyone safe. Should anything change, we will communicate those changes to you immediately. If you are not able to travel, the Conference is offered on a virtual platform powered by our Live Stream Sponsor Beacon Live, LLC.

This year’s conference presentations are outstanding, and the line-up of presenters and speakers is amazing! We couldn’t be more excited about the value of the information being brought to you by industry experts. The nature of the content is designed to assist you, the practitioner, and provide you with the tools necessary to design, implement, deliver, evaluate, and maintain quality continuing education and training events for your organization.

We have some of the most incredible Accredited Providers, Stakeholders, and Industry Professionals in the world! The IACET Awards program recognizes organizations and individuals who are performing in an exemplar manner. This year’s nominee pool was incredibly competitive. Let me be the first to Congratulate the 2021 IACET Award Recipients!

Sotheby’s Institute of Art – Exemplar Training Organization

HDR, Inc. – Innovation of the Year – Learner Engagement

EBSCO Publishing, Inc. – Innovation of the Year – Technology Integration

Owynn Lancaster, College Bridge – Grover J. Andrews Research Fund

Delaney King, IACET Commissioner - Grover J. Andrews Research Fund     

Lori Schnaider, IACET Commissioner – Distinguished Service

Laura Shelters, American Psychology Association – Emerging Leaders (Inaugural Recipient)

I’d also like to take a moment to acknowledge the 2021 Nominees. They are as follows:

Exemplar Training Organization

            ENERGY Worldnet, Inc.

            Escuela de Empresas USFQ


            United States Army Corps of Engineers Learning Center

            Early Learning Coalition Miami Dade/Monroe

            McDermott QHSES Training

            Site Safety, LLC

            Northwest Energy Efficiency Council

Innovation of the Year – Learner Engagement

            Army Management Staff College

            Training Source One

            Site Safety, LLC

            BK International Education Consultancy

Innovation of the Year – Technology Integration

            Johnson Controls Formerly Tyco Fire Protection Products

            Siemens Industry, Inc. – Digital Industry Academy

            The Multitude Experience

            Sotheby’s Institute of Art

Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, Division of Safety & Hygiene – Education and Training Department

Translation Skills Training

Esme Learning Solutions, Inc.

BK International Education Consultancy

Emerging Leaders (Inaugural Nominees)

            Maja Hukic, Rotary International

            Bradley Davis, Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine

I’d also like to acknowledge and thank you to our Sponsors: Beacon Live, LLC, CCEI Online, Insync Training LLC, and Site Safety, LLC, The Harbinger Group (Pune, India), and Heritage Treasures. We truly appreciate your support!

It’s an exciting time in continuing education and training and there is no better time than the present to engage at the convening of this conference.  Join us as well participate in scholarly conversation and celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the CEU!

About the Author


Casandra Blassingame, MEd, is the Chief Executive Officer of the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  She is a recognized leader in adult and continuing education and has over 20 years of experience in higher education, continuing and professional studies, and workforce development.  Prior to joining IACET as CEO, Casandra was the Vice President of Education Services for the American Gear Manufacturers Association where she led the organization’s effort in achieving and maintaining IACET accreditation.  She has also served as an IACET commissioner, reviewing dozens of applications, and an IACET Board Member.

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