A project of this type depends very heavily on the cooperation and assistance of large numbers of people and many organizations. Several hundred individuals have given their time, experience, and resources to the project through their participation on the Steering and Coordinating committees, in working meetings and analysis sessions, and in validating draft standard statements. Their employers, including companies, government laboratories, universities, colleges, and secondary schools, have also provided their support.
The American Chemical Society (ACS) Board of Directors gave its early support to the concept of the Voluntary Industry Skill Standards project. Support was also provided by the ACS Society Committee on Education, the ACS Committee on Technician Education, and the ACS Corporation Associates Committee.
The collaborating organizations have been very helpful. In particular, the Chemical Manufacturers Association (CMA) and the American Petroleum Institute had committees that were already addressing training and education issues, and they became active in advising the project and providing review and comment. Further, the CMA has provided legal counsel to advise the project on the use of the term "standard" and related matters.
The services of Judy Leff, Joyce Malyn-Smith, and Andrea Perrault of the Education Development Center have been critical to the acquisition and interpretation of the data that are the central part of this work. The independent perspectives of formative evaluator Chris Yanckello of the Atlantic Resources Company and summative evaluator Joyce Winterton of Winterton Associates have sharpened the focus of the work and helped to maximize the progress of the project.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recognized the potential importance of the Voluntary Industry Skill Standards project to its grantees, and some proposals seeking NSF support are already acknowledging that they will consider the skill standards in the education work being proposed. Both the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Labor are recognizing the importance of this project and similar projects to the many programs designed to improve the workforce.
In particular, the personnel of the U.S. Department of Education Office of Vocational and Adult Education and its Business and Education Standards Program have been extremely helpful in providing funding, assistance, and counsel as the project has proceeded.