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Leading the Discussion on Workforce Development

Leading the Discussion of Workforce Development

The Clemson University Center for Workforce Development offered a workforce development pathway at the Next Steps for STEM Schools Conference in Charleston, SC  September 30 – October 2. This pathway explored a new national model in workforce development that engages universities, technical colleges, P-12 institutions, statewide industry and federal agencies to deliver workforce development, economic development, entrepreneurship and innovation tools that have the power to “skill up and scale up” a highly-qualified workforce in STEM fields, specifically Advanced Manufacturing.

Participants in the pathway learned how to support local communities in four key areas:

  1. By improving access to state-of-the art digital learning tools focused on the greatest needs of employers
  2. By establishing new pathways to higher education through stackable certificates
  3. By supporting P-20 STEM classroom education
  4. By industry networking and outreach initiatives designed to bring greater awareness to workforce education and training programs.

The content of the pathway was designed inspire participants to continue scholarly dialogue and push practice forward in support of new workforce development educational programs.


Speakers During This Pathway Included:

  • Dr. George Askew, Associate Vice President of Public Service & Agriculture, Clemson University
  • David Clayton, Director of Research, SC Department of Commerce
  • Elaine Craft, SC ATE Center of Excellence Principal Investigator & Director of SC ATE Center of Excellence
  • Galen DeHay, Assistant Vice President of Instruction and Institutional Effectiveness, TriCounty Technical College
  • Charlie Farrell, Director of SC Aerospace Task Force under the SC Department of Commerce
  • Bob Feldmaier, Director of the Center for Advanced Automotive Technology, Macomb Community College
  • Dr. Anand Gramopadhye, Dean of the College of Engineering & Science, Clemson University
  • Robert “Butch” Grove, Associate Vice President for Creativity, Sustainability and College Improvement, Wake Technical Community College
  • Warren Helm, Training and Workforce Development, The Boeing Company
  • Dr. M. (Mac) Horton, LTC (ret.) SCARNG, Director of Sandhill Research & Education Center & Director of the Clemson Institute for Economic & Community Development
  • Dr. George Hynd, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, College of Charleston
  • Beth Jackson, President, Fluor University
  • Dr. John Kelly, Vice President of the Office of Economic Development, Clemson University
  • Karl Kelly, Director of Commercialization & Technology Incubation (Technology Villages©)
  • Dr. Forest Mahan, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Northeastern Technical College
  • Dr. Benita Moore, Curriculum Program Specialist, Georgia Technical College System
  • Dr. Nick Rigas, Senior Scientist & Associate Director of the Clemson University Restoration Institute
  • Dr. Hope Rivers, Vice President for Student & Academic Affairs, SC Technical College System
  • Dr. Paul Winston, Senior Principal Materials Research Engineer, Michelin Americas Research Company



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