EVALUATION OF PROGRAMS
Pathways to Careers
A Guide to Building Partnerships for Workforce Education and Training

Appendices

Overview of Strategic Partnerships for a Competitive Workforce

Overview of the Institutes and Participating Teams

Project Consultant Biographies

Overview of Strategic Partnerships for a Competitive Workforce

To launch a set of partnerships for career pathways, the U.S. departments of Education and Labor created the Strategic Partnerships for a Competitive Workforce initiative, which provided technical assistance to 32 community teams in forming and sustaining successful partnerships for career pathways in high-growth industries. This section describes the purpose and framework of the initiative.

The Vision

In 2006, the U. S. departments of Education and Labor created the Strategic Partnerships for a Competitive Workforce (SPCW) initiative to inform, motivate, and support all communities building comprehensive workforce and education solutions to meet the needs of their high-growth, high-demand industries and their local economies, with a special focus on partnerships for career pathways. Such communities include those involved in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovations in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) and Community-Based Job Training initiatives and the U.S. Department of Education’s Career Clusters and Career Transition initiatives (each focusing on secondary and postsecondary education) and Adult Basic Education (ABE) Career Connections initiative.

Economic growth and competitiveness depend on a skilled workforce. Changes in the economy, particularly globalization and rapid technological development, are resulting in critical shortages of skilled workers in high-growth sectors and the dislocation of workers in declining sectors in the United States. At the same time, American education attainment lags behind that of other nations.  According to the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy, 11 million adults are nonliterate in English and nearly 30 million are performing at the below basic levels in prose literacy (one of three types of literacy assessed by NAALS; for more information, see http://www.nces.ed.gov/naal/). Nationally, employee skills and productivity will determine which companies succeed in the economy. On a larger scale, countries whose citizens are most skilled will lead the global economy.

To ensure economic viability and growth, communities must improve the way they educate and train their workforce. They need to review, strengthen, and expand education opportunities and resources continuously and adopt promising strategies, such as career pathways. With multiple entry and exit points, career pathways are designed to develop and sustain a highly skilled workforce that meets local industry needs. Developing successful pathways requires strong partnerships among all levels of education, business and industry, the workforce investment system, and social service organizations; collaboration in assessing education assets and challenges and workforce needs; and innovative strategies for boosting workforce skills and knowledge.

The Strategy

To achieve this vision, SPCW adopted a three-level strategy:

  1. Build and strengthen partnerships;
  2. Develop and expand career pathways; and
  3. Provide intensive technical assistance and facilitate information sharing.

Build and strengthen partnerships

The goal of participating teams was to strengthen and expand community partnerships to support a comprehensive workforce development effort. Communities receiving Community-Based Job Training grants from the U.S. Department of Labor were chosen to participate in SPCW because they had already formed partnerships as part of their grant requirements. Partnerships consisted of leaders from education institutions at all levels (e.g., K-12 systems, vocational schools, two- and four-year colleges, universities, and adult education), the workforce investment system, employers, and state or local agencies, and other community groups.

Develop and expand career pathways

The SPCW teams focused on the development and expansion of career pathways, one of the most promising strategies for comprehensive education and workforce development to meet the needs of high-growth industries. Pathways typically focus on high-demand, high-wage industries and incorporate into a seamless system all steps needed to prepare workers for employment and advancement at every stage of their career. These steps include education, skills training, work experience, and advanced training. Successful pathways typically include career guidance, adult basic education, and skills development needed to succeed in postsecondary education and training. They also include transition to entry-level skills training, internships, employment, and social supports as needed.

Provide intensive technical assistance and facilitate information sharing

SPCW provided the community teams with technical assistance to support partnership development, strategic planning, and implementation of career pathways in specific high-growth industries. Teams first assessed the strengths and weaknesses of their local economy, their partnership arrangements, and existing workforce education and training resources. Next, key representatives from each partnership attended a two-day SPCW institute where they worked under the guidance of facilitators and project consultants.

From March 2006 through February 2007, four industry-focused institutes were held, with approximately eight teams at each institute (see Overview of Institutes and Participating Teams). The first two institutes focused on the health care industry, the third on advanced manufacturing, and the fourth on a combination of high-growth industries. At the end of each institute, the teams developed a set of action steps to aid them in implementing career pathways. Following the institutes, teams were encouraged to participate in Workforce3One Webinars (see Comprehensive Resource List), part of an interactive communication and learning platform sponsored by the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, and to develop and implement a strategic plan for career pathways.

At the end of the SPCW initiative, teams and consultants were asked to share lessons learned based on their experiences before, during, and after the institutes. These lessons are described in the guide to aid other communities in their efforts to create demand-driven career pathways and thereby strengthen the workforce system.

The Planning Team

The U.S. departments of Education and Labor created the SPCW initiative with the help of MPR Associates, Inc., DTI Associates, Inc., and Workforce Strategy Center. Facilitators from the U.S. Department of Education, MPR, DTI, Workforce Strategy Center, and the National Network of Sector Partners, and project consultants (see Project Consultant Biographies) also contributed to the success of the institutes.

Overview of the Institutes and Participating Teams

As part of the Strategic Partnerships for a Competitive Workforce (SPCW) initiative created by the U.S. departments of Education and Labor in 2006, teams were formed to strengthen local and regional economies through the development and expansion of career pathways in high-growth industries. Local teams were built upon partnerships already formed by grantees under the U.S. Department of Labor’s Community-Based Job Training (CBJT) program. They were composed of representatives of community colleges; the K–12 and adult basic education systems; the workforce investment system; and high growth industries. Teams also were encouraged to include additional members critical to developing and implementing career pathways, such as representatives from a local or regional economic development organization, an institution of higher education, a state agency, or a community-based organization.

Key representatives of each team attended two-day institutes where they were provided intensive technical assistance and an opportunity for information sharing under the guidance of facilitators and project consultants. From March 2006 through February 2007, four industry-focused institutes were held, with approximately eight teams at each institute. The first two institutes focused on the health care industry, the third on advanced manufacturing, and the fourth on a combination of high-growth industries. At the end of each institute, the teams developed a set of action steps to aid them in implementing career pathways. Following the institutes, teams were encouraged to participate in Workforce3One Webinars, part of an interactive communication and learning platform sponsored by the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, and to develop and implement a strategic plan for career pathways.

This section lists the members and contact information for each of the teams, organized by the institute they attended.

Institute I
March 13 and 14, 2006
Baltimore, Maryland

(Note to reader: Information about the team contacts and affiliations of team members was collected in November 2007.)

Decatur (Ala.) Team

Industry: Health Care

Team Contact: Debi Garrison, Grants Coordinator, Calhoun Community College, 256-306-2581, ddg@calhoun.edu

Team Members:

  • Debi Garrison, Grants Coordinator, Calhoun Community College
  • Chris Miller, Adult Education Director, Calhoun Community College
  • Heather Tucker, Health Teacher, Decatur City Schools
  • Felicia Williams, Coordinator, Decatur CareerLink
  • Lynn Hogan, Project AHEAD Director, Department of Nursing, Calhoun Community College
  • Jan Perkins, Chief Nursing Officer, Athens-Limestone Hospital
  • Phyllis West, Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer, Decatur General Hospital

Gainesville (Fla.) Team

Industry: Health Care

Team Contact: Linda Nichols, Chair, Science for Health Programs, Santa Fe Community College, 352-395-5708, linda.nichols@sfcc.edu

Team Members:

  • Sheila Baker, Director, Teaching and Learning Center, Santa Fe Community College
  • Linda Nichols, Chair, Science for Health Programs, Santa Fe Community College
  • Janine Plavac, Director, Academy of Health Professions, Gainesville High School
  • Paul Hutchins, Dean, Economic Development and Educational Centers, Santa Fe Community College
  • Winnie Nielsen, Staff Education Coordinator, Shands Teaching Hospitals
  • Ann Tison, Project Director, Success Services, Santa Fe Community College

Indianapolis (Ind.) Team

Industry: Health Care

Team Contact: Rob Jeffs, Vice President, Workforce and Economic Development, Ivy Tech Community College, 317-921-4653, Rjeffs@ivytech.edu

Team Members:

  • Rob Jeffs, Vice President, Workforce and Economic Development, Ivy Tech Community College
  • Sherry Makely, Director, Employee Education and Development, Clarian Health
  • Gail Sprigler, Professor/Chair, School of Health Sciences, Ivy Tech Community College
  • Gayle Long, Library Director, Ivy Tech Community College
  • Sara McGoun, Events and Communications Manager, Indiana Health Industry Forum
  • Linda Woloshansky, President, The Center for Workforce Innovations

Mattoon (Ill.) Team

Industry: Health Care

Team Contact: Linda Von Behren, Associate Vice President, Workforce Development, Lake Land College, 217-234-5211, lvonbehr@lakeland.cc.il.us

Team Members:

  • Eric Benson, Vice President, Human Resources, Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center
  • Cynthia Edwards, Manager, Patient Care Service, Clinical Education, Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center
  • Susan Hanfland, Director, Eastern Illinois Education for Employment System
  • Ron Sanderson, Special Projects Coordinator, Lake Land College
  • Kathleen Doehring, Nursing Instructor/Director, Lake Land College
  • Diana Glosser, Tech Prep Coordinator, Lake Land College and Eastern Illinois Education for Employment System
  • Norma Lansing, President, Greater Effingham Chamber of Commerce
  • Linda Von Behren, Associate Vice President, Workforce Development, Lake Land College

Midland (Texas) Team

Industry: Health Care

Team Contact: Becky Hammack, Dean, Health Sciences, Midland College, 325- 685-4589, bhammack@midland.edu

Team Members:

  • Mary Fierro, Employment Manager, Midland Memorial Hospital
  • Brenda Mowry, Councilwoman, Fort Stockton Chamber of Commerce
  • Deana Savage, Vice President, Texas Association of College Technical Educators and Board Member, Permian Basin Workforce Investment Board
  • Becky Hammack, Dean, Health Sciences, Midland College
  • Jill Rivera, Academic Dean, Midland Independent School District
  • Liz Zenteno, Director, Midland Cogdell Learning Center

North Central Texas (Texas) Team

Industry: Health Care

Team Contact: Maurice Robeson, Vice President, Instruction, North Central Texas College, 940-668-4234, mrobeson@nctc.edu

Team Members:

  • Joyce Crumpler, Administrator and Chief Executive Officer, Bowie Memorial Hospital
  • Natalie Johnson, Senior Workforce Development Planner, North Central Texas Workforce Board
  • Carrie Sisco, Instructional Leader, Medical Health Science Academy, Denton Independent School District, Ryan High School
  • Djuna Forrester, Dean, Lifelong Learning, North Central Texas College
  • Maurice Robeson, Vice President, Instruction, North Central Texas College
  • Kathy Williams, Director, Nursing, Denton Regional Hospital

North Seattle (Wash.) Team

Industry: Health Care

Team Contact: Mary Ellen O’Keeffe, Vice President, Instruction, North Seattle Community College, 206-527-3701, mokeeff@sccd.ctc.edu

Team Members:

  • Paul Anderson, Dean, Health and Human Services, North Seattle Community College
  • Troy Hutson, Executive Director, Health Work Force Institute, Washington State Hospital Association
  • Mary Ellen O’Keeffe, Vice President, Instruction, North Seattle Community College
  • Kim Chapman, Assistant Dean, Ault Basic Education, North Seattle Community College
  • Caroline Maillard, Planner/Monitor, Health-Care Sector Initiatives, Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County
  • Roxanne Trees, Heath and Human Services Pathway Lead, Seattle Public Schools

Southwest (Minn.) Team

Industry: Health Care

Team Contact: Becky Thofson, Industrial Sectors Project Manager, Workforce Development, Inc., 507-379-5409, bthofson@wfdi.ws

Team Members:

  • John Albert, Curriculum Director, Austin High School
  • Julia Bronner, Dean of Academic Affairs, Riverland Community College
  • Becky Thofson, Industrial Sectors Project Manager, Workforce Development, Inc.
  • Tonia Lauer, Administrator, Quality and Human Resources and Staff Development, Albert Lea Medical Center
  • Mary Anne Wolesky, Director, Nursing, Austin Medical Center

 

Institute II
May 1 and 2, 2006
Los Angeles, California

(Note to reader: Information about the team contacts and affiliations of team members was collected in November 2007.)

Central Florida Team

Industry: Health Care

Team Contact: Donna Lenahan, Director, Partners for a Healthy Community, Workforce Central Florida, 407-531-1222, dlenahan@wcfla.com

Team Members:

  • Beverlee Andrews, Coordinator, Tech Prep Articulation and Postsecondary Transition, Valencia Community College
  • Cheryl Cicotti, Partners for Building Healthy Communities Project Director, Valencia Community College
  • Pamela Rendsland-Tonello, Special Projects and Partnership Development Manager, Workforce Central Florida
  • Margaret Wacker, Director, Nursing, Lake Sumter Community College
  • Frank Bonjione, Educational Planner, Adult Education Division, Seminole Community College
  • Angie Laxton, Manager, Workforce Planning, Orlando Regional Health care
  • Linda Tuttle, District Coordinator, Health Sciences Education, Orange County Public Schools
  • Hal White, Dean, Health Sciences, Valencia Community College
  • Donna Lenahan, Director, Partners for a Healthy Community, Workforce Central Florida

Cleveland (Ohio) Team

Industry: Health Care

Team Contact: Patricia Gray, Vice President, Health care Education Initiatives, Cuyahoga Community College, 216-987-4659, Patricia.Gray@tri-c.edu

Team Members:

  • Laurie Atkins, Assistant Director, Cuyahoga County Department of Workforce Development
  • Patricia Gray, Vice President, Health care Education Initiatives, Cuyahoga Community College
  • Denise Rucker Burton, Director, Health care Training, Health care Education Initiatives, Cuyahoga Community College
  • Elizabeth Gildone, Education Administrator, Human Resources, Cleveland Clinic
  • Linda Prosak, Executive Director, Institutional Advancement, Cleveland Municipal School District
  • Karen Thompson, Director, Postsecondary Education, Cleveland Municipal School District

Georgia Perimeter (Ga.) Team

Industry: Health Care

Team Contact: Jean Mistretta, CBJT Project Director, Georgia Perimeter College, 678-891-5300, jmistret@gpc.edu

Team Members

  • Brendalyn Browner, CBJT Project Coordinator, Georgia Perimeter College
  • Delores Foster, Continuing and Corporate Education, Georgia Perimeter College
  • Patricia Gregg, CBJT Evaluation Coordinator, Georgia Perimeter College
  • June Sweat, Director, Program Planning for the Math/Science High School, Gwinnett County Public Schools
  • Donna Coles, Officer and Chair of the Planning Committee, DeKalb Workforce Development Department
  • Kelly Furbee, Vice President, Human Resources, Hospital Corporation of America - Georgia Division
  • Jean Mistretta, CBJT Project Director, Georgia Perimeter College
  • Anna Thompson, Principal Program Specialist, Workforce Development, Atlanta Regional Commission

Madisonville (Ky.) Team

Industry: Health Care

Team Contact: Linda Thomas, Nursing Division Chair, Madisonville Community College, 270-824-1784, Linda.Thomas@kctcs.edu

Team Members:

  • Julie Allen, Workforce Program Specialist, West Kentucky Workforce Investment Board
  • Kitty Davis, School to Careers Coordinator, Hopkins County Schools
  • David Lang, Vice President, Human Resources, Trover Foundation
  • Linda Thomas, Nursing Division Chair, Madisonville Community College
  • Mary Chandler, School to Careers Coordinator, Hopkins County Schools
  • Elizabeth Hack, Administrative Coordinator, Kentucky Workforce Investment Board
  • Cindy Miller, Adult Center for Educational Excellence, Madisonville Community College

Manchester (Conn.) Team

Industry: Health Care

Team Contact: Gail O’Keefe, Director, Workforce Development, Connecticut Community College System, 860-244-7619, GOKeefe@commnet.edu

Team Members

  • Alicia Caraballo, Principal, New Haven Adult Education Center
  • Mary Ellen Pacific, Director, LPN Program, Connecticut Technical High Schools
  • Judy Resnick, Director, Workforce Development, Connecticut Business and Industry Association
  • Gail O’Keefe, Director, Workforce Development, Connecticut Community College System
  • Alice Pritchard, Executive Director, Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund
  • Marita Shurkus, Manager, Planning and Procurement, New Haven Workforce Alliance

Mid-Willamette (Ore.) Team

Industry: Health Care

Team Contact: Gail Pincus, Project Manager, Oregon Health care Workforce Partnerships Project, Chemeketa Community College, 503-274-2672, gpincus@ohcc.org

Team Members:

  • Nancy Bell, Director, Samaritan Health Services Professional Development and Education Coordinator
  • Cathleen Coontz, Health Careers and Learning and Development Coordinator, PeaceHealth
  • Theresa Levy, Education Specialist, School Improvement and Health Services, Oregon Department of Education
  • Gail Pincus, Project Manager, Oregon Health care Workforce Partnerships Project, Chemeketa Community College
  • Joanna Blount, Associate Dean, Collegiate and Professional Technical Education, Southwestern Community College
  • Gary Lanctot, WorkSource Oregon Coordinator, Linn-Benton Community College
  • Ann Malosh, Dean, Health Occupations and Workforce Education, Linn-Benton Community College

Pensacola (Fla.) Team

Industry: Health Care

Team Contact: Keith Samuels, Director, Nursing Grants, Pensacola Junior College, 850-484-1771, ksamuels@pjc.edu

Team Members:

  • Carolyn Formsma, District Academic Department Head, Adult Basic Education, Pensacola Junior College
  • Natalie Prim, Vice President, Community and Government Affairs, Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Keith Samuels, Director, Nursing Grants, Pensacola Junior College
  • Diane Wilbanks, RN, Baptist Hospital-Pensacola
  • Lesa Morgan, Principal, West Florida Technical School
  • Raymond Rogers, Director, Workforce Education, Santa Rosa School District
  • George Stewart, Chair, Biology and Director, School of Allied Health and Life Sciences, University of West Florida
  • Marcia Williams, Campus Provost, Warrington, Pensacola Junior College

Victoria (Texas) Team

Industry: Health Care

Team Contact: Stacey Weaver, Director, Adult Education, Victoria Community College, 361-573-7323, Stacey.weaver@victoriacollege.edu

Team Members:

  • Gayla Capers, Special Programs, Victoria Independent School District
  • Sherry Holm, Operations Director, Victoria Economic Development Corporation
  • Michael Milson, Texas Workforce Solutions of the Golden Crescent
  • Marilyn Hamilton, Program Coordinator/Instructor, Associate Degree, Nursing, Victoria Community College
  • Donna Kiening, Supervisor, DeTar Hospital
  • Stacey Weaver, Director, Adult Education, Victoria Community College

Waukesha County (Wis.) Team

Industry: Health Care

Team Contact: Margaret Brown, Project Manager, Health Care Expansion, Waukesha County Technical College, 800 Main Street, Pewaukee, WI 53072, 262-691-5030, Mbrown65@wctc.edu

Team Members:

  • Teresa Barch, Planner, Waukesha/Ozaukee/Washington Counties Workforce Development Board
  • Position Open (Formerly held by John Cooney), External Programs Coordinator, Office of Development, Waukesha County Technical College
  • Linda Farina, Director, Waukesha Health Academy, Academy of Health Professions
  • Judith Murphy, Associate Director, Nursing and Patient Services, Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Margaret Brown, Project Manager, Health care Expansion, Waukesha County Technical College
  • Lynda Crucius, Associate Dean, Community Health Education, Waukesha County Technical College
  • Susan Maresh, School to Work Coordinator, School to Work Office, Waukesha County Technical College
  • Robert Stedman, Dean, Service and Health Division, Service and Health Occupations, Waukesha County Technical College

Institute III
September 26 and 27, 2006
Minneapolis, Minnesota

(Note to reader: Information about the team contacts and affiliations of team members was collected in November 2007.)

Cullman (Ala.) Team

Industry: Advanced Manufacturing

Team Contact: Judy Bradford, Human Resources Director, Axsys Technologies, Inc., 256-737-5220, jbradford@axsys.com

Team Members:

  • Kelley Blackwood, Director, Wallace State Adult Education Program, Wallace State Community College
  • Judy Bradford, Human Resources Director, Axsys Technologies, Inc.
  • Bridgette Chandler, Career/Tech Coordinator for the Cullman City Schools, Athens University
  • Dale Greer, Assistant Director, Cullman Economic Development Agency, Workforce Investment Board
  • Suzanne Harbin, Director of Development, Wallace State Community College and Vice President, Cullman City School Board
  • Neal Morrison, Assistant to the President for Workforce Education, Wallace State Community College
  • Donald Willoughby, Workforce Development Coordinator, Cullman Career Center

Kansas City (Mo.) Team

Industry: Advanced Manufacturing

Team Contact: Charles Croston, Grant Director, Metropolitan Community College - Business and Technology Campus, 816-482-5451, chuck.croston@mcckc.edu

Team Members:

  • Cathi Christina, Manager, Human Resources, Haldex
  • Duke Crosswhite, Manufacturing Careers Coordinator, Full Employment Council
  • Charles Croston, Grant Director, Metropolitan Community College - Business and Technology Campus
  • Lorene James, Director, Kansas City Adult Basic Education, Kansas City School District
  • Gary Sage, President, Metropolitan Community College – Business and Technology Campus
  • Linda Washburn, Coordinator, Career Education Consortium

Montgomery (Ala.) Team

Industry: Advanced Manufacturing

Team Contact: Christie Sellers, Director, Workforce Development and Business Services, Montgomery Chamber of Commerce, 334-240-9292, csellers@montgomerychamber.com

Team Members:

  • Tim Gates, Director, Automotive Manufacturing Technology Center, H. Councill Trenholm State Technical College
  • April Lee, Educational Specialist, Montgomery Public Schools
  • Quinton Ross, Director, Adult Education, H. Councill Trenholm State Technical College
  • George Rowland, Manager, Training and Education, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama
  • Alice Schaum, Workforce Development Regional Advisory Councils Coordinator, Alabama Office of Workforce Development
  • Christie Sellers, Director, Workforce Development and Business Services, Montgomery Chamber of Commerce
  • Debbie Stone, Training Manager, Neptune Technology Group

San Antonio (Texas) Team

Industry: Advanced Manufacturing

Team Contact: Brad Hunt, Senior Associate, WHY Group, LLC, 210-696-3000, bhunt@whyllc.com

Team Members

  • Debby Hewitt, Director, Education Service Center, Region 20
  • Brad Hunt, Senior Associate, WHY Group, LLC
  • Aaron Smith, Workforce Services Specialist, San Antonio Workforce Development Board
  • Velma Ybarra, K-12 Career Technical Coordinator, Harlandale Independent School District
  • Federico Zaragoza, Vice Chancellor of Professional, Technical, and Workforce Education, Alamo Community College District

Shenandoah Valley (Va.) Team

Industry: Advanced Manufacturing

Team Contact: Sharon Johnson, Senior Associate, Policy Division, SRI International, 540-568-5759, Sharon.Johnson@sri.com

Team Members:

  • Scott Gochenour, Director, Adult Education/Apprenticeship, Valley Vocational Technical Center
  • Nancy Gunden, Manager, Human Resources, CEMSI
  • Sharon Johnson, Senior Associate, Policy Division, SRI International
  • Suzette McCarthy, Regional Program Coordinator, Shenandoah Valley Workforce Investment
  • Leonard Sledge, former Director, Centers of Excellence, Virginia Community College System
  • Lester Smith, Director, Blue Ridge Tech Prep Consortium

Southwest Tennessee (Tenn.) Team

Industry: Bioscience

Team Contact: Angela Ventura-Wooten, Bioscience Ladder Director, Southwest Tennessee Community College, 901-333-5358, awooten@southwest.tn.edu

Team Members:

  • Deborah Gentry, Director, Human Resources, Memphis Bioworks
  • Shayla Guy, Southwest Tennessee Community College/Middle College High School
  • Barbara Knight, Director, Training and Operations, Southwest Tennessee Community College
  • Angela Ventura-Wooten, Bioscience Ladder Director, Southwest Tennessee Community College

Institute IV
February 6–8, 2007
Arlington, Texas

(Note to reader: Information about the team contacts and affiliations of team members was collected in November 2007.)

Billings (Mont.) Team

Industry: Construction

Team Contact: Jon Cech, Dean, Montana State University – Billings, College of Technology 406-247-3009, jcech@msubillings.edu

Team Members:

  • Margaret Bowles, State Director, Adult Education, Montana Office of Public Instruction
  • Jon Cech, Dean, Montana State University – Billings, College of Technology
  • Jack Copps, Superintendent, Billings School District 2
  • Jim Haar, President and CEO, High Tech Construction
  • Craig McKenzie, Industry Department Chair, College of Technology, Montana State University – Billings
  • Arlene Parisot, Director, Workforce Development and Two-Year Education, Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
  • Cleo Sutton, Project Manager, Montana BILT
  • Judy Towlerton, Employment Specialist, Billings Job Service Workforce Center

Columbia Basin (Wa.) Team

Industry: Health Care

Team Contact: Melody Sims, Project Director, Health Sciences, Columbia Basin College, 509-547-0511, msims@columbiabasin.edu

Team Members:

  • Michelle Mann, Executive Director, Benton-Franklin Workforce Development
  • Melody Sims, Project Director, Health Sciences, Columbia Basin College
  • Anita Smith, Basic Skills Instructor, Learning Opportunity Center, Columbia Basin College
  • Keith Smith, Workforce Development Council Board Member, retired
  • Kathy Stidham, Nurse Educator, Lourdes Health Network
  • Molly Sullivan, Career and Technical Education Director, Burbank School District, Connell School District, Finley School

Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Team

Industry: Marine Industry

Team Contact: Jorge Guerra, Dean, Aviation and Automotive Technology, Broward Community College, 954-201-8085, jguerra@broward.edu

Team Members:

  • Jorge Guerra, Dean, Aviation and Automotive Technology, Broward County Community College
  • Lisa Knowles, Vice President, Knowles Mobile Marine
  • Renee Law, Program Manager, Institute for Economic Development, Broward County Community College
  • Bob Usefof, Curriculum Specialist, Industrial Education, School Board of Broward County
  • Tristan Zarate, Partner, Activate Group, Inc.

Hasting (Neb.) Team

Industry: Transportation

Team Contact: Kelly Christensen, Associate Dean, Instruction, Central Community College, 402-461-2558, kchristensen@cccneb.edu

Team Members:

  • Tom Bartell, Nebraska Workforce Development
  • Kelly Christensen, Associate Dean, Instruction, Central Community College
  • Tony Glenn, Educational Specialist - Industrial, Manufacturing and Engineering Systems Career Field, Nebraska Department of Education
  • Bill Hitesman, Campus President/College Vice-President, Central Community College
  • Larry Johnson, President, Nebraska Trucking Association
  • Ronald Kluck, Dean, Extended Learning Services and Training, Central Community College

Midlands (S.C.) Team

Industry: Health Care

Team Contact: Robert Knight, Program Director, Midlands Technical College Health Tracks CJBTG, 803-822-7038, knightr@midlandstech.edu

Team Members:

  • Tammy Beagen, Senior Workforce Investment Act Planner, Midlands Workforce Development Board
  • Lisa Call, Career Specialist and Workforce Development Director, Midlands Education and Business Alliance
  • Vann Gunter, Vice President for Economic Development and Continuing Education, Midlands Technical College
  • Robert Knight, Program Director, Midlands Technical College Health Tracks CJBTG
  • Valerie Richardson, Workforce Development Manager, Palmetto Health Alliance

New Hampshire (N.H.) Team

Industry: Biology

Team Contact: Lin Tamulonis, Director, New Hampshire Community Technical College, 603-559-1580, ltamulonis@nhctc.edu

Team Members:

  • Beth Halligan, Biomanufacturing Technical Training Specialist, Lonza Biologics, Inc.
  • Marilyn Kellogg, Career Advisor, Seacoast School of Technology
  • Chris Lawrence, Director, New Hampshire Community Technical College
  • Connie Patton, Director, Marshwood Adult Education Center
  • Lin Tamulonis, Director, New Hampshire Community Technical College

Shreveport (La.) Team

Industry: Health Care

Team Contact: Saundra Bigham, Program Coordinator, Southern University at Shreveport, 318-674-3384, sbigham@susla.edu

Team Members:

  • Saundra Bigham, Program Coordinator, Southern University at Shreveport
  • Bruce Daigle, Principal, Fair Park High School
  • Gayle Flowers, Director of Career, Adult, and Alternative Education, Caddo Parish School Board
  • Bonnie Hughes, Education Coordinator, Willis Knighton Hospital
  • Regina Robinson, Dean of Allied Health, Southern University at Shreveport
  • Jo Lynn Ross, Tech Prep Coordinator, Caddo Parish School Board
  • Fred Thomas, Management Assistant, City of Shreveport Division of Workforce
  • Patti Trudell, Director, Consortium for Education and Research, Louisiana State University at Shreveport

Twin Falls (Idaho) Team

Industry: Advanced Manufacturing

Team Contact: John Miller, Instructional Dean, Extension Programs, College of Southern Idaho, 208-735-3033, jmiller@csi.edu

Team Members:

  • Wiley Dobbs, Superintendent, Twin Falls School District #41
  • Debi Klimes, Director, Academic Development Center, College of Southern Idaho
  • Scot NcNeley, CEO, Donnelley Sports
  • John Miller, Instructional Dean, Extension Programs, College of Southern Idaho
  • Bob Seastrom, CEO, Seastrom Manufacturing Company, Inc.

Weld County (Colo.) Team

Industry: Construction

Team Contact: Brenda Rask, Career and Technical Education Director, Aims Community College, 970-339-6332, brenda.rask@aims.edu

Team Members:

  • Brad Bassett, Hensel Phelps Construction Company
  • Mickey Hatchell, Construction Technology Teacher, Fort Lupton High School
  • Steven Kahla, Dean, Continuing Education, Aims Community College
  • Mark Payler, Superintendent, Weld County School District Re-8
  • Linda Perez, Director, Weld County Employment Services
  • Brenda Rask, Career and Technical Education Director, Aims Community College

Project Consultant Biographies

Julian L. Alssid, Executive Director, Workforce Strategy Center

Since founding the Workforce Strategy Center in 1998, Alssid has advised 15 states on workforce policy and has been a national leader in promoting effective, practical ways to implement career pathways initiatives and sectoral employment strategies. He is the author of two major studies on workforce strategy: Building a Career Pathways System: Promising Practices in Community College-Centered Workforce Development and Building Bridges to College and Careers: Contextualized Basic Skills Programs at Community Colleges. Before directing the Workforce Strategy Center, Alssid held senior positions in education and workforce development at the New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce, LaGuardia Community College, and the Office of the Mayor of New York City.

Nancy Allen, Education Associate, South Carolina Department of Education

Allen is currently chair of the National Consortium on Health Science and Technology Education (NCHSTE), the advisory committee for the national health science career cluster. Under her leadership, the NCHSTE is involved in developing professional development services and related products aimed at increasing and improving the health care workforce. For partnerships in education and health care, she has directed and consulted on the design and development of standards-based integrated training programs and assessments, using gap analysis based on a set of model program standards specific to health care, community, and education partnerships. Allen also served as chair of the National Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Board of Directors and co-founded the Virtual Surgery Insider Project, a partnership with the S.C. Department of Education, the S.C. Hospital Association, and S.C. Education TV.

Laurie Bouillion Larrea, President, WorkSource for Dallas County, a member of Texas Workforce Solutions

Before joining WorkSource for Dallas County, Larrea served as executive director of the Private Industry Council of Dallas, Inc. She currently serves on city and statewide committees for workforce development, economic development, and youth services. Ms. Larrea also served as director of programs for the Houston Job Training Partnership Council and as a director for the Southwest Texas Employment and Training Program/Private Industry Council in the Beaumont-Port Arthur area. She has been a consultant to the Texas Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Labor and is the current recipient of the Economic Development Award from the J. McDonald Williams Institute.

Rodney Bradshaw, Director, Gulf Coast Workforce Board (serving the 13-county Houston-Galveston region of Texas)

Bradshaw has worked in local workforce development efforts since the Manpower Development and Training Act. In recent years, Bradshaw has provided assistance to boards seeking to create industry-based, employer-led workforce development systems in Indiana, Maryland, Utah, Minnesota, and New Mexico. He has made presentations on the Gulf Coast employer services model to state associations in Washington, Oregon, California, and Michigan, describing a model on how to use the best available labor market information to target industries likely to yield the best return on workforce investment, especially those with chronic labor shortages in high-skill occupations. At present, under Bradshaw’s leadership, the Gulf Coast Board is assisting some 425,000 residents with finding work, education, or training and 28,500 employers with finding qualified employees. In recent years, he has been instrumental in guiding the board’s Health Services Steering Committee, the region’s first industry cluster, which has worked to increase the number of nurse graduates by more than 50 percent.

Beverly Campbell, President, BECGroup Consulting

Campbell assists health care, education, and other community partnerships in designing and developing standards-based integrated programs and conducting gap analyses. She also initiates and manages special projects for the National Consortium on Health Science and Technology Education (NCHSTE). Before retiring as manager of the California Department of Education Academic and Career Integration Office, she served as manager of the Health Careers Education Program and consultant in the Industrial Education Unit. Campbell has founded numerous programs and organizations, including the California Association of Health Careers Educators, the California Health Careers Teacher Preparation program, and the National Consortium on Health Science and Technology Education. Currently she is the NCHSTE project lead for the National Biomedical and Health Science Program Sequence and a consultant on curriculum and partnership development for the new Gates Foundation Sacramento Unified School District Health Professions High School.

Scott Hess, Education Program Specialist, Chief, College and Career Transitions Branch, Division of Academic and Technical Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education

Hess is currently project manager for the College and Career Transitions Initiative and previously managed the Career Cluster projects. Before working at the Department, he was an education coordinator at the Utah State Office of Education and held other state-level positions, including state school-to-careers coordinator, adult education director, and state specialist for health sciences, health education, physical education, and HIV education. At the national level, he was director of the National Health Science Career Pathway Project. He has taught at the high school and university levels and has been a consultant in both public and private sectors for a variety of workforce development, education, and health care-related projects.

Brad Hunt, Senior Associate, WHY Group LLC

In 2001, Hunt helped create eMavericks, a corporation established with the goal of sharing the best practices gleaned from both small businesses and Fortune 500 companies. As general manager, Hunt and his team provided training and consulting services to a variety of service, manufacturing, and not-for-profit companies, as well to governmental entities. In 2004, eMavericks merged with WHY Group, LLC, a national management consulting practice headquartered in San Antonio. Hunt previously held a managerial role at Motorola for a year. He also served as vice president of business development and technology at Columbia Industries and its S-Corp affiliates. Hunt has given lectures, workshops, and seminars through Motorola, the Association for Manufacturing Excellence, the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Council, other professional associations, and several universities.

Beth Jefferson, Director of the Office of Grants and Special Contracts, Elizabethtown (Ky.) Community and Technical College

Jefferson holds a master’s degree in public administration from Western Kentucky University and has more than a decade of experience in building sustainable community partnerships from multiple perspectives.

Davis Jenkins, Senior Research Associate, Teachers College Community College Research Center, Columbia University

Jenkins conducts research on increasing economic opportunity for disadvantaged youths and adults, with a focus on strengthening the capacity of public postsecondary institutions, particularly community colleges, to educate economically and educationally disadvantaged people for gainful employment in a knowledge economy. Among his recent publications is Career Pathways: Aligning Public Resources to Support Individual and Regional Economic Advancement in The Knowledge Economy (Workforce Strategy Center, 2006).

Wes Jurey, President and CEO, Arlington (Texas) Chamber of Commerce

At the Chamber, Mr. Jurey helped establish the Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development in collaboration with the University of Texas at Arlington, the City of Arlington, and the Tarrant County Workforce Development Board. The center houses virtually every major stakeholder in Tarrant County and was chosen as a Workforce Innovation Network (WIN) site by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Labor. Before joining the Arlington Chamber, Jurey served as president and CEO of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, where he launched the Center for Workforce Preparedness in concert with the Rio Grande Workforce Development Board and El Paso Community College. In 2002, Jurey was appointed to the U.S. Department of Labor panel charged with developing the department’s five-year strategic research plan. For the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, he serves as board chairman of the Institute for Workforce Preparation, chair of Workforce Development for the Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100, and member of the Education, Employment, and Training Committee and the National Chamber Foundation Board of Directors.

Yariela Kerr-Donovan, Grant Manager, Project REACH, Johns Hopkins Health System

At Project REACH, Kerr-Donovan focuses on advancing the careers of incumbent workers within the Johns Hopkins Health System, conducting internal gap analyses and creating bridges to college and careers. Her work involves identifying critical skills shortage areas; arranging training programs; and developing a network of education support services that enable training participants to improve their basic skills. Before joining Project REACH, Kerr-Donovan worked with Baltimore City Community College on a hospitality management Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) grant and represented Cornell University in collaborations with community and institutional offices providing support (academic, financial, and other) to students enrolled at the university. She also developed a summer program to help prepare low-income minority high school students for competitive college admission.

Shauna King-Simms, Director, Adult Education Partnerships and Transitions, Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS)

At KCTCS, King-Simms develops policy and programs targeting economically disadvantaged and educationally underprepared students, including a statewide education initiative funded by Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, aimed at recruiting, transitioning, and supporting Kentucky’s public assistance recipients in the community and technical college system. King-Simms has helped design and implement innovative transition collaborations among KCTCS colleges and local adult education providers statewide. Recently she has facilitated the statewide Career Pathways initiative, in which each KCTCS college has developed and implemented at least one career pathway in an employment sector identified in collaboration with local stakeholders. As part of this process, King-Simms facilitated the statewide Developmental Education Pathways faculty workgroup. Before joining KCTCS, she administered postsecondary contracts for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and served as staff for the cabinet’s taskforce on postsecondary education. She also was a state administrator for Kentucky’s adult basic education and literacy initiatives, a student services administrator at a two-year college, and a regional administrator for the Job Training Partnership Act program.

Matthew Kinkley, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rhodes State College

Kinkley’s responsibilities include providing administrative oversight to the West Central Ohio Tech Prep Consortium, the Learning Center, the Center for Distance Education, the Testing Center, and the Multimedia Program. He also oversees academic scheduling, the preparation of the college catalog, the design of off-campus coursework, and the postsecondary education options available to students. He currently serves as principal investigator for an Advanced Manufacturing Pathways program funded in part by KnowledgeWorks. He has been the principal investigator for a National Science Foundation grant targeting women and minorities in computer science and engineering and has collaborated on a wide range of tech prep grant initiatives. Kinkley has served on the steering committee for the Ohio Bridges to Opportunity Initiative and has given many conference presentations on advanced manufacturing pathways, community engagement, and college access initiatives.

Mimi Maduro, Statewide Director, Oregon’s Pathways Initiative

Maduro has worked in the field of training and workforce development for 20 years. She currently serves as Oregon’s Pathways Initiative Statewide Director. Prior to this appointment, she served as workforce development director at Portland Community College, overseeing the development of the English as a Second Language (ESL) Vocational and Professional/Technical Career Pathways Training, operated jointly by Portland Community College and Mt. Hood Community College. Maduro also has served as chair of Oregon’s Community College Workforce Strategies Advisory Committee and is a member of the National Council for Workforce Education.

Thao Nelson, Principal, Credo Management Consulting

Nelson has broad experience in project management, recruitment, and organizational and workforce development. Recently she has worked with clients on employee selection systems, workforce and economic strategy planning, performance management, and federal grant administration. For the Hospital Corporation of America, she was the primary representative in the collaboration of innovative workforce partnerships among national organizations. She has worked in both the public and private sectors leading domestic and international recruitment efforts. She has been a presenter at several national conferences and has consulted with The Advisory Council, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Kenneth E. Poole, CEO, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC), and Executive Director, Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER)

In January 2000, Poole formed CREC, an independent nonprofit focusing on developing a stronger understanding of how regional economies can compete effectively in a knowledge-based economy. At CREC, Poole is undertaking organizational development, strategic planning, network building, and technical assistance efforts to foster knowledge-based economic development. Recent projects have involved conducting a labor market demand and supply study for North Carolina and the greater Nashville (Tenn.) area; managing regional analyses and strategic planning for multicounty initiatives in five states; and developing countywide strategic plans in three states. At C2ER, a national nonprofit membership organization for economic and community development researchers in communities, states, academia, and the private sector, Poole oversees an ongoing national data collection effort, the ACCRA Cost of Living Index, and training programs for economic development practitioners, including a national training institute at George Mason University. Poole also works with the State Science and Technology Institute (SSTI) to develop a stronger relationship between federal and state partners in the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership program. Poole previously served as director of domestic economic development for the National Association of State Development Agencies and director of technical assistance and research for the National Council for Urban Economic Development (now the International Economic Development Council).

Nan Poppe, Campus President, Portland Community College Extended Learning Campus

Poppe has 25 years of experience in community college administration. She has served as director of workforce development, dean for adult and continuing education, dean of instruction, vice president for academic and student affairs, and campus president. In all of these positions, she has focused on providing postsecondary education access and success for under-represented groups. Poppe currently serves as president of the National Council for Workforce Education and vice president of the Business Education Compact and is on the Steering Committee for the National College Transition Network and the board for Open Meadow (an alternative middle and high school).

Nancy Straw, President and CEO of West Central Initiative

Straw serves as president and CEO of West Central Initiative (WCI), a community and economic development organization serving a nine-county area in west central Minnesota. Straw’s career has included business ownership, nonprofit administration, and work with entrepreneurs and business owners. She is also a certified Finance Professional in Economic Development and a Housing Credit Certified Professional.

Brett Visger, formerly Vice President with College and Career Access, KnowledgeWorks Foundation

Visger’s work focuses on promoting postsecondary educational access and success. He played a key role in developing the Ohio Early College High School Network, the Ohio College Access Network, and the Ohio Bridges to Opportunity Initiative, which focuses on building career pathways. For the Bridges initiative, Mr. Visger developed a successful process enabling regional teams of business, postsecondary education, and workforce development partners to plan and re-engineer workforce education to respond more effectively to workforce needs. He also worked with programs at Ohio Wesleyan University, the University of Connecticut, and the Greater Washington (D.C.) College Information Center, as well as at the National Council for Education Opportunity Association. At Wesleyan, he developed new programs to expand education opportunities in the public schools for low-income K-12 students and formed partnerships with public schools, universities, and communities.

Laurance J. Warford, National Project Director, College and Career Transitions Initiative (CCTI)

Warford oversees a major CCTI project focused on improving student transitions between secondary and postsecondary education and between education and careers, through a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, and the League for Innovation in the Community College. Warford previously served as a community college liaison for the U.S. Department of Labor and as a community college administrator for more than 40 years in Oregon and Iowa. He has numerous publications to his credit and frequently makes presentations at national conferences. 

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This represents a major section of Pathways to Careers: A Guide to Building Partnerships for Workforce Education and Training, a document that reports on activities connected with an initiative jointly sponsored by the U.S. departments of Education and Labor (the Strategic Partnerships for a Competitive Workforce initiative). It was produced under U.S. Department of Education Contract No. ED-04-CO-0121/0001 with MPR Associates. Jessica Reed served as the contracting officer's representative. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the positions or policies of the departments of Education or Labor. No official endorsement by the departments of Education or Labor of any product, commodity, service or enterprise mentioned in this publication is intended or should be inferred. Further, the inclusion of URLs is a convenience to the reader; it does not imply endorsement by the departments of Education and Labor of either the information presented on these Web sites or of the organizations that sponsor them. All URLs were last accessed on June 16, 2008.


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