In 2009, NCCER transformed its monthly newsletter into a biannual magazine, The Cornerstone. Our goals were to provide a publication solely focused on workforce development issues in the construction industry and highlight exceptional NCCER sponsors and instructors in hopes of providing successful models for others developing programs. As the need for an online presence grew, we added a magazine website in 2012 and released a weekly blog in 2014.
Over the past nine years, this magazine has published 18 issues and covered important topics relating to workforce development, training and innovation within the construction industry. We have recognized 68 Accredited Training Sponsors in Sponsor Spotlights, profiled 21 craft professionals in the Cornerstone of Craftsmanship and annually produced 34,000 printed copies.
The print magazine has been a reliable vehicle for reaching NCCER’s network, but as the world progresses, so must we. According to the American Press Institute, 74 percent of people now get their news from online sources. Therefore, NCCER is saying goodbye to our print publication. However, the articles found between these covers will remain. Moving forward, our Sponsor Spotlights, Community Builders, Inside the Industry and so much more will be published exclusively online. Instead of waiting months between issues, content from The Cornerstone will be combined with our Breaking Ground Blog and NCCER’s press releases into a digital newsroom.
The new digital newsroom will give NCCER the flexibility to address current topics as they are happening. We will reach a greater portion of our expanding network and make vital workforce development issues known to a broader audience. We hope that you will join us online, share our stories and tell us your thoughts so that we can continue to serve this great industry. At the end of the day, the purpose of The Cornerstone does not lie within glossy paper, cover images and the number of pages per issue, but in the significance of the information we are spreading. This letter is not a farewell, but the beginning of our next step in providing our industry with the information and recognition
Donald E. Whyte