U.S. Workforce Development: Building Capacity at Home

U.S. Workforce Development: Building Capacity at Home

August 9, 2014

After years of American companies sending jobs to other countries, recent trends suggest a surge in training workers at home and keeping production in the United States. Some manufacturers are bringing jobs back from overseas, a trend that many find hopeful for our economy. New hires topped 3 million in less than 2 years, with almost 2 million new workers coming on board in 2011. This policy academy addressed education and training to support American workers so they are the best-trained workforce in the world; ensuring efficiency and productivity by workers in domestic businesses; business incentives to invest in hiring and expanding; and technical support so companies can grow and expand.



Jaclyn P. Dowd, Special Assistant to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for Career Innovation 

Jim Henderson, Chancellor, Bossier Parish Community College

Jason N. Klipa, Director Public Affairs & Government Relations, Walmart

Monica Martinez, Appointee, White House Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics 

Jenci Spradlin, Government and Community Relations Liaison, University of Memphis

Sen. Katie Stine, Kentucky

Andrea Timan, Manager for Community Relations, Citizenship, Contributions and Volunteerism, GE Lighting

Danine Alderete-Tomlin, Executive Director and Principal Investigator, National Center of Excellence in Advanced Automotive Manufacturing 

  Download the presentation "Creating a New Kind of Technical Worker" in PDF (without audio) or as Video (with audio) 


Speaker Biographies: 

Jaclyn P. Dowd 

Dowd implements the governor’s vision for coordination of career education and training initiatives. She oversees the Indiana Career Council and the Indiana Works Council and co-leads the Center for Education and Career Innovation. She previously served as executive director of Indiana’s Workforce Investment Board.

Jim Henderson

Henderson has worked in workforce development and education in a variety of roles, including as senior vice president for workforce development and education for the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. He previously served as administrator of Perkins funds in the state, integrating community colleges and workforce development.

Jason N. Klipa

Klipa is responsible for overseeing Walmart’s legislative program in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia and serving as the primary contact with each state legislature, the governor’s office and administration. He also works closely with state chambers, grocers and retail associations to help shape Walmart’s agenda

Monica Martinez 

Martinez is an education strategist and consultant, author and presenter. She has experience working with state systems, nonprofits and foundations to implement education initiatives. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, she served as CEO and president of the New Tech Network and vice president for education strategy at KnowledgeWorks. 

Jenci Spradlin

Spradlin advocates on behalf of the university at all levels of government and works on key strategic initiatives in partnership with communities and organizations. She also directs the Papasan Public Policy Institute, whose mission is to foster information flow on issues facing the Tennessee General Assembly. 

Sen. Katie Stine 

The first woman to serve as Kentucky’s Senate President Pro Tempore, Stine co-sponsored the 2009 Senate Bill 1, which focused on increasing the rigor of educational standards to produce more college-ready students, It is highly regarded as the country’s most transformational education bill. 

Andrea Timan

As liaison to Cleveland’s MC2STEM high school, Timan manages the relationships between GE Lighting, company employees and the high school’s students and staff. The school was created through a public-private partnership among a number of organizations, designed to provide students with an integrated curriculum informed by real-world experiences.

Danine Alderete-Tomlin

Alderete-Tomlin oversees the Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative, a national collaboration of community colleges, automotive manufacturers and supply chain companies working to strengthen the competency and global competitiveness of the automotive manufacturing industry through the development of industry validated standards and a competency-based curriculum.