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Congress Establishes the NSSB
The National Skill Standards Board (NSSB) was created by The National Skill Standards Act of 1994 (108 Stat 192, 20 U.S.C. 5933), which was signed into law by President Clinton on March 31, 1994.
Dave Wilcox Joins NSSB
Dave Wilcox was appointed as the Executive Deputy Director of the National Skill Standards Board (NSSB) where he infused industry defined skill standards and credentials in the workforce development and education systems in the United States.
NSSB and TSA Combine Resources
As a result of the September 11th attacks on the United States, the National Skill Standards Board (NSSB) managed the development of occupational standards and employment assessments for federalizing the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) airport security workforce.
Federal Security Workforce Standards
The National Skill Standards Board (NSSB) provided technical support for the development of federal security workforce standards sponsored by the Joint Security Training Consortium (JSTC).
Global Skills X-Change is Founded
Dave Wilcox established Global Skills X-Change (GSX) in Alexandria, Virginia to continue the progress of the National Skill Standards Board (NSSB). Once the sunset clause ceasing the NSSB’s affiliation with the U.S. Department of Labor went into effect, GSX began providing technical support for the development of federal security workforce standards for the Joint Security Training Consortium (JSTC).
Bio-manufacturing Skills Standards
GSX was awarded its first contract with a higher education institution, Gateway Community College. Bio-manufacturing skills standards were established as a basis for aligning related college credit and non-credit programs.
GSX Begins Developing the IASS
GSX was awarded its first multi-year contract with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for developing and verifying the Information Assurance Skill Standards (IASS).
GSX Launches NITAS
GSX launches the National Information Technology Apprenticeship System (NITAS)—the first competency-based apprenticeship program for Information Technology (IT) occupations used across the United States.
Standards-based Assessments Process
GSX developed and implemented the standards-based assessments process to define and measure student knowledge and skill attainment. It was subsequently approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Also, GSX was awarded a sole source contract for the development and implementation of the standards-based assessments process for the State of Vermont Regional Career Centers.
The Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) contracted GSX to develop two assessments for MSSC’s Supply Chain Logistics (SCL) certification system—the Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) and the Certified Logistics Technician (CLT).
GSX, DoD, and the Information Assurance Skill Standards
The Information Assurance Skill Standards (IASS) project between GSX and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) became foundational for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Common Body of Information Assurance Knowledge for public and private sector deployment. This was also the first time GSX was awarded a major contract to professionalize the DoD security workforce.
Cross-Industry Labor Market Surveys
GSX designed and conducted the Cross-Industry Labor Market Surveys in Cyprus through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
GSX Expands into the Intelligence Community
GSX’s relationship with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) expands to include the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence & Security (OUSD(I&S)).
The First Federal Program Accredited by the NCCA
GSX developed the first federal government sponsored certification program and accreditation package to be accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA)—Security Fundamentals Professional Certification (SFPC).
Identifying Skill Gaps within the Smart Grid Workforce
GSX partnered with the University of Hawaii Community College System, in cooperation with the Pacific Center For Advanced Technology Training, to develop a technical approach to identify skill gaps within the Smart Grid workforce and determine the degree to which the University of Hawaii Community College System’s Program Design Guide for Smart Grid Technology addressed these gaps.
Solidified Requirements throughout DoD
Certification and credentialing are solidified as requirements across the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) security and intelligence enterprise.
GSX and the IFPC Program
GSX began developing the Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification (IFPC) program.
Transforming Credentialing in the U.S.
GSX was contracted by the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce (CSW) to participate as a member of an international team to design a credentialing framework and initiate the management of a campaign that would transform credentialing in the United States.
IFPC Launched; CMCO and CMCP Acquired
GSX launches the Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification (IFPC) program and acquires the Certified Mission Critical Professional (CMCP) and the Certified Mission Critical Operator (CMCO) certification programs.
Dave Wilcox Is Honored
GSX founder, Dave Wilcox, received the Who’s Who in America Lifetime Achievement Award
GSX Licenses Mission Critical Certifications to MCGA
Mission Critical Global Alliance (MCGA), a 501c3 nonprofit, partnered with GSX and became the official licensee of the Certified Mission Critical Operator (CMCO) and Certified Mission Critical Professional (CMCP) programs.
GSX Receives VOSB Status
GSX is confirmed as a Veteran-owned Small Business (VOSB) by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
As GSX Celebrates 20 years, A New Era Begins
GSX launches into a new era with a fresh look and expanded credentialing human capital, talent management, and learning solutions to further equip organizational workforces to adapt to rapid change. This is the first major rebranding effort in the entire 20-year-history of GSX.