NMDCC Director Selected for Marano Fellowship

The Sector Skills Academy is pleased to announce the selection of 27 workforce development leaders as the ninth class of Marano Fellows. The Academy, operated by the Aspen Institute's Workforce Strategies Initiative, provides emerging leaders in the sectoral workforce development field with a unique professional development opportunity. Major support for the Academy is provided by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

This group of fellows represents state and local public agencies, community-based nonprofits, labor-management partnerships, universities, worker centers, WIBs, and community colleges and is helping prepare un- and under-employed individuals for jobs in a wide range of sectors, including health care, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, construction and hospitality. Fellows selected for the Sector Skills Academy in 2014 include:

Fellow
State
Target Industry
Organization
Adrienne Smith

NM

Health care New Mexico Direct Caregivers Coalition
Alicia Schuller

MD

Health care Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Healthcare
Amy Combs

FL

Information Technology Tallahassee Community College
Anne McMonigle

CA

Construction California Labor Federation
Aranzazu Lattanzio

OH

Health care Cincinnati State Technical & Community College
Beth Kuhn

KY

Transportation, Distribution and Logistics State of Kentucky, Department of Workforce Investment
Bryan Sanchinell

NY

Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation
Danielle Olsen

Ontario

Hospitality and Tourism Hospitality Workers Training Centre
David Gianfrancesco

IL

Manufacturing Safer Foundation
Debbie Grant

TN

Hospitality and Tourism Goodwill Industries of Middle TN, Inc.
Edith Westfall

DC

Hospitality and Tourism University of the District of Columbiat Community College
Geoffrey King

DC

Hospitality and Tourism District of Columbia Workforce Investment Council
John Gardner

OR

Construction Workforce Systems, Inc
Judy Kasey

KY

Environmental (Conservation/Land Management/Forestry) YouthBuild Louisville
Kaylnn Hamilton

PA

Manufacturing Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy at Penn State
Ligia Guallapa

NY

Construction Workers Justice Project
Lisa Varon

PA

Early Childhood Education Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc.
Matthew Poland

CA

Health care United Way of the Bay Area
May Xiong

MN

Health care Project for Pride in Living, Inc.
Polly Bates

NV

Hospitality and Tourism Culinary Academy of Las Vegas
Rachel McDonnel

MA

Information Technology Jobs for the Future
Stephen Tucker

OH

Manufacturing Partners for a Competitive Workforce
Susan Buckey

MA

Biotechnology/Life Sciences Boston Private Industry Council
Todd Nell

OR

Manufacturing State of Oregon, Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development
Tony Calcagno

MI

Manufacturing Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids
William Padnos

PA

Manufacturing New Century Careers
Zachary Boren

DC

Manufacturing Office of Apprenticeship, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

For more information on the 2014 Fellows click here.

Over a 12-month period, this group of 27 fellows will participate in peer and classroom learning, site visits, and workshops, during which they will be encouraged to acquire new skills, engage in experiential learning, connect with peers, and build relationships with mentors and leaders. Academy faculty and mentors are drawn from experienced leaders in the field of sectoral employment development. Participants are expected to apply the lessons of the Academy to enhance their work in their chosen sector.

Marano Fellows are so named in honor of Cindy Marano, a key leader in the field of sectoral workforce development and head of the National Network of Sector Partners until her death in April 2005. Cindy, who played a major role in creating the Academy, believed the Academy would make a significant contribution to the field's growth and development. Today, over 200 leaders have graduated from the Academy representing 36 states, the District of Columbia, and national organizations who operate across the United States.

To learn more about the new fellows and the Academy, please visit:www.sectorskillsacademy.org

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