Associate Vice President for Strategic Academic & Workforce Initiatives
Quinsigamond Community College
670 W. Boylston Street
Worcester, MA 01605
Kathy Rentsch was recently promoted to Associate Vice President for Strategic Academic & Workforce Initiatives at Quinsigamond Community College, assuming a leadership role for workforce development & continuing education; college and career pathways; adult and community learning services; Perkins activities; career services & credit for prior learning. She is currently co-chairing QCC's strategic planning process as well.
Previously, she served as Dean for the QCC School for Business, Engineering & Technology, providing both academic and administrative leadership, establishing collaborative partnerships with industry, educational constituents and community agencies and developing grants and other funding proposals to enhance programming. She spearheaded an industry, education and community partner planning effort to secure a $750,000 National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education grant to design, launch and evaluate a public communication campaign on advanced manufacturing careers (NSF ATE DUE # 0703040). Successful strategies piloted in this project, called Mass-TEC, were scaled up statewide through the MassDevelopment AMP It Up! Campaign.
Ms. Rentsch serves on the Board of Directors for the MA Manufacturing Extension Partnership. In 2014, MassMEP recognized her leadership in building a non-credit to credit pathway in advanced manufacturing, naming her the MassMEP 2014 Manufacturing Champion. She is currently completing doctoral work at Northeastern University.
Senior Vice President of Workforce Development & ATC Operations
BRIDGEVALLEY COMMUNITY & TECHNICAL COLLEGE
2001 Union Carbide Dr.
South Charleston, WV 25303
Jeff Wyco is the Senior Vice President of Workforce Development & Advanced Technology Center Operations at BridgeValley Community & Technical College in Charleston, WV. Jeff worked in industry as an electronic instrumentation technician and electronics engineer, before moving into a teaching position in the Electrical Engineering Technology program at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) in Charlotte, NC. At Central Piedmont Community College, he served as the Program Chair position over the Computer, Electrical & Electronics Engineering Technology programs, and later served as the Division Director over the Engineering & Engineering Technology programs in the CPCC Advanced Technology Center.
While at CPCC, Jeff taught academic and workforce courses that include Programmable Logic Controllers, LabVIEW and Programmable Systems. He was also part of the team that worked closely developing partnerships with industry to provide training; and help coordinate apprenticeship programs in Mechatronics Engineering Technology for eleven industry partners, including Blum and Siemens Energy. He completed the Level 1 and Level 2, Siemens Mechatronics Systems Certification Program, as well as many other vendor and industrial certifications; and strongly believes in the apprenticeship model of education.
Jeff began working in his current role at BridgeValley Community & Technical College during the Fall 2014 semester. Since this time he has been working to develop partnerships for training and apprenticeship for the new Advanced Technology Center (ATC) that he directs in South Charleston, WV. This 55,000 square foot facility is a Regional Workforce Training Center that serves the southern half of West Virginia. The ATC is also home to academic programs such as the Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Process Technology Operations, Networking and Security programs. BridgeValley currently has apprenticeship programs in Advanced Manufacturing Technology with partners like Toyota, Gestamp, NGK Sparkplugs, and Kureha. Additionally, a new apprenticeship program for Gestamp in Machine Tool Technology has been developed. BridgeValley also partners with companies in the Learn & Earn intern program to provide Chemical Operators to several companies, including Dupont and Dow.
His mission is to provide the best workforce training possible to serve the local and regional needs in the Manufacturing, Chemical Process, Energy and IT sectors. He is dedicated to building business and industry partnerships, and providing technical workforce and education programs to provide a pathway for people to improve their lives.
Vice President of Workforce Development
Rock Valley College
Rockford, IL 61114
Chris Lewis currently serves as Vice President of Workforce Development for Rock Valley College (RVC) in Rockford, IL. Chris joined RVC in January of 2019 as the Vice President of Community Outreach & Strategic Partnerships for Rock Valley College (RVC) in Rockford, IL. Lewis has been actively involved in the surrounding Rockford community working to create a greater focus and awareness of the College and its offerings to the community, and increase community relationships, partnerships and outcomes. As VP of Workforce Development, he is responsible for developing and managing the College’s Workforce and High Priority Occupation development initiatives, including the administration of the Advanced Technology Center, Center for Business and Industry, the Business and Professional Institute, Continuing Education and apprenticeship development. Chris came to RVC from the Alabama Community College System where his roles since 2015 included Interim President of J.F. Drake State Community & Technical College, Special Assistant for Workforce for the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) where he worked as a liaison with Trenholm State Community College where he led the coordination of both the Adult Education and Workforce Develop programs, and lastly, Montgomery/Selma Center Director for the Alabama Technology Network (ATN) where he coordinated ATN activities with Workforce Development partners with an emphasis on assisting business organizations and manufacturers with opportunities in the areas of engineering, quality systems, environmental safety and health, industrial maintenance and other needs of industry while managing ATN center employees. In all of his roles he developed relationships with external organizations to raise the awareness of the Alabama Community College System’s mission and services. Chris has also served as a Financial Services Representative with Principal Financial Group where he helped individuals, families, and businesses with their financial goals.
Prior to joining RVC, ACCS and Principal Financial, Lewis served as President & CEO of the South Region Minority Supplier Development Council (SRMSDC). The SRMSDC is a non-profit corporation chartered to enhance business opportunities for minority-owned companies by providing support through developing mutually beneficial networking opportunities with corporate members and promoting minority- business development.
Chris is a former business owner serving as Managing Partner for L&S Enterprises and also has extensive experience in small business development from serving as Director of Supplier Diversity for Motion Industries until leaving in 2005 to start L&S Enterprises.
Chris has been active in the community and his past board affiliations include: Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority, 100 Black Men of Birmingham and Huntsville, Business Council of Alabama, Alabama Transit Association and Green Resource Center for Alabama and has served on several State Commissions. Currently, Chris serves on the Board of Directors for the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers as President-Elect, Rockford United Way, he is a graduate of the University of Alabama Community College Fellows Program and the co-founder of the Huntsville Aerospace/Automotive Supplier Diversity Conference.
Dean, Corporate & Community Development
St. Charles Community College
4601Mid Rivers Mall Drive
Cottleville, MO 63376-2865
Amanda is the Dean of Corporate & Community Development at St. Charles Community College (SCC). She has managed and implemented workforce and community development programming and consulting projects for over 25 years, prior to her time with she spent 13 years with St. Louis Community College’s Center for Business, Industry & Labor. Amanda strives to serve the community by supporting initiatives, which promote workforce and community development opportunities in the region. She has advanced those projects by procuring in excess of $40,000,000 in funding through federal, state and private sources. Her clients represent a broad range of business and industry including: manufacturing, aerospace, technology, publishing, healthcare, service, financial, distribution, government and education. She is currently working on SCC’s initiative to strategically expand programming to support its Healthy and Sustainable Living initiative – Healthcare & Emergency Preparedness, Agriculture & Food Science, Science & Natural Resources, and Technology & Engineering.
She serves as a liaison with the Missouri Department of Economic Development/Division of Workforce Development, the current Chair of the Missouri Community College Association Workforce Liaison Group and as SCC’s lead representative for the United States Department of Labor - TAACCT statewide MoWins Grants. Amanda is a board member of the St. Charles County Workforce Investment Board and of the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce. In addition to these roles, she serves as a member of the Missouri Economic Development Council, Missouri Association of Customized Training and the Missouri Community College Association. She is the past president and current Committee Chair of the Missouri Association of Customized Training.
She was the recipient of the Beyond the Best Top 50 in Business Awards 2013, O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce 2015 Community Servant Award – Co Recipient, Partners for Progress 2015 Education Progress Award for Initiatives with Midwest Machine Tool Training Center – Co Recipient, International Society for Performance Improvement 2001 Award of Excellence – Co Recipient and United Way 2001 All-Star Award Winner Marketing & Communication – Co Recipient Awards. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia and holds a degree in Business Administration.
Dean, School for Business, Engineering & Technology
St. Louis Community College
Workforce Solutions Group
3221 McKelvey Road
Bridgeton, MO 63044
St. Louis Community College_Workforce Solutions Group Manager, Center for Workforce Innovation
Focus on Advanced Manufacturing, Technical Training & Aerospace Manager of Boeing Pre-employment Training Program (2017 – Present)
Manager of Aviation Programs for Mississippi River Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Grant (2012 – 2016)
Grant Lead, MoManufacturingWINS (2011 – 2015) Manager, CBIL Technical Training (2009 – 2018)
Manager, Customized Training and Direct Pay Contracts (2004 – 2009) Project Coordinator, Advanced Manufacturing (1999 – 2006)
Bachelor of Arts, December 1998 Human Service Agencies - Management
St. Charles County Community College
Associates Degree, Accounting May 1996
Dean, Engineering, Manufacturing & Industrial Technologies
Macomb Community College
DEAN, ENGINEERING, MANUFACTURING AND INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES
Oakland Community College (2017-current)
Auburn Hills, MI
ASSOCIATE DEAN, ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY
Macomb Community College (2012-2017)
MANAGER, MACHINIST TRAINING INSTITUTE
Focus: HOPE (2009-2012)
BDI (2006 - 2009)
STAFF MANUFACTURING ENGINEER
General Motors Corporation (1997-2006)
SENIOR PROJECT ENGINEER
Adam Opel AG (2000- 2002)
LAWRENCE TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY
FOCUS: HOPE, MACHINIST TRAINING INSTITUTE
COMMITTEES AND MEMBERSHIP
Chief of Staff & VP of Workforce
1200 W. Algonquin Road
Palatine, IL 60067
Dr. Maria Coons is the Chief of Staff and Vice President of Workforce, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness at Harper College. In this capacity, Maria leads workforce and economic development initiatives, as well as adult learning strategies. This includes developing and delivering programming with strategic partners in high growth areas, supporting small business development, growing apprenticeship programs, working with the unemployed, and credentialing adult learners. Maria also leads Harper’s research, strategic planning and institutional effectiveness efforts. She has successfully procured over $23 million in workforce grants for the College.
During her 29-year tenure at Harper, Maria has served as a full-time faculty member and department chair where she taught a full complement of management, marketing and finance courses, developed curricula, and managed adjunct faculty. She also developed and managed the Fast Track program which provides cohort-based learning opportunities for adults.
Before pursuing a career in education, Maria was Assistant Vice President of Check Operations at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. She holds a doctorate in Higher Education from National Louis University, a master’s degree in Business Administration from Loyola University’s Quinlan School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.
Maria is an active Rotarian. She has been member of the Barrington Breakfast Rotary for six years, and serves on its Board.
President and CEO
601 Lake Air Drive
Waco, TX 76710
Hope Cotner is President and CEO CORD. She manages faculty development projects such as the Texas Collaborative for Teaching Excellence and the North Carolina Network for Excellence in Teaching as well as the AT&T Professional Development Academy for Community College Faculty. She also directs curriculum and professional development efforts for college systems in several states.
Hope joined CORD in 1991 and has led a wide variety of initiatives at both the secondary and postsecondary levels. She managed CORD’s communications department for eight years, including directing marketing efforts for NCATC until 1998, and continues to lend her marketing and public relations expertise to the projects she serves in the community college arena.
Hope is past chairman of the Women’s Resource Center Advisory Council at Texas State Technical College in Waco, Texas and has served on the advisory committee for the Texas State Leadership Consortium for Professional Development. She is a member of the American Association for Community Colleges and Texas Association of College Technical Educators. In her community, Hope is actively involved in the Junior League of Waco, Public Relations Society of America-Central Texas chapter, and the Waco Symphony Orchestra.
Faculty Driven Regional Group Chair
College of the Canyons
Santa Clarita, NC
2016 - Present: Faculty Driven Regional Group Chair; Development of Core Industry Descriptors (CID's) for welding that are developed by the committee made up of other community college faculty to create a state-wide model curriculum that will align with industry and third-party credentials.
2013- 2017: Principle Investigator; for NSF ATE Project; Advanced Manufacturing & Processing Technician (AMPT) providing training to meet current future industry demand by aligning, expanding, and upgrading three advanced automated manufacturing technology programs; Manufacturing Technology, Electromechanical Technology, and Welding (automated robotic and laser)
2012 - Present: Weld-Ed Regional Partner; Promote Weld-ED Membership to Schools (regional affiliates) and Industry (industrial affiliates). Implementation and articulation of the National Weld-ED Curriculum to southern California area. Establish specialty tracks for Welding Technology base upon expertise/regional industry needs. Attend annual Weld-ED National Advisory Council.
2011 - 2013: Project Director; Laser Welding Industry Driven Regional Collaborative grant Responsible for finalization and implementation of all project components, including industry advisory board, curriculum development, program certification, and acquisition and installation of project equipment.
2010-2013: Project Director; Welding Automation Industry Driven Regional Collaborative Grant Responsible for finalization and implementation of all project components, including industry advisory board, curriculum development, program certification, and acquisition and installation of project equipment.
2006 - 2008: Project Director; Metal Fabrication Welding Industry Driven Regional Collaborative grant. Responsible for finalization and implementation of all project components, including industry advisory board, curriculum development, program certification, and acquisition and installation of project equipment.
2004-2006: Project Director; Pipe Welding Industry Driven Regional Collaborative grant. Responsible for finalization and implementation of all project components, including industry advisory board, curriculum development, program certification, and acquisition and installation of project equipment.
2002 - Present: College of the Canyons; Department Chair; Welding Technology. Perform duties such as program & class scheduling, program planning & review, budgets & expenditures, curriculum development & modifications, outreach & recruitment, and maintenance for welding technology laboratories
2000 - Present: College of the Canyons; Full-time faculty member. Maintain a full teaching load that ranges from introductory-to-advanced level courses in welding, metal fabrication and robotic welding automation offered under the Welding Technology curriculum.
1996-2000: The Boeing Company; Precision GTAW Welder; Assemble and weld class-A flight hardware to both commercial and military standard specifications.
1993 - 1996: Walt Disney Imagineering- Technical Support Specialist; Assisted in the design, fabrication and installation of conceptual show ride attractions using welding, machining, and fabrication skills
1985 - 1993: McDonnel Douglas Aircraft - Production GTAW Welder; Welding of commercial flight hardware to company production standards.
Director of Talent & Business Innovation
Lorain County Community College
1005 N. Abbe Road
Elyria, OH 44035
Terri Burgess Sandu is Director of Talent and Business Innovation for Lorain County Community College. In this role, Sandu leads a team of professionals whose work advances the College’s commitment to student success and talent development that accelerates business growth. Named to the position in January 2012, Sandu leverages 30 years of experience in workforce, community and economic development to facilitate a number of collaborative initiatives with public and private partners.
Currently, Sandu directs the Ohio Technical Skills Innovation Network (Ohio TechNet), a statewide consortium of community colleges and universities focused on meeting the talent needs of Ohio’s advanced manufacturing sector, working closely with leaders from The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, Ohio Department of Higher Education and other industry, education and workforce leaders.
Sandu’s work on Ohio TechNet has helped to foster innovative partnerships between Ohio community colleges and the Manufacturing USA Network, focused on accelerating U.S. advanced manufacturing. Sandu serves on the Ohio Acceleration team for Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) as well as the LIFT National Executive Advisory Council for Education and Workforce. Sandu has been named a 2018 NextFlex Fellow for her work to help advance the mission and purpose of NextFlex, which is focused on ushering in a new age of electronics. With America Makes, which accelerates the adoption of additive manufacturing technology, Sandu co-chairs an work team on internships, apprenticeship and career pathways.
Sandu is a recipient of the Excellence in Workforce Development Innovation Award from the Ohio Economic Development Association, and a proud alumna of Oberlin College, Leadership Lorain County and the YWCA of Cleveland Executive Leadership program.
UAS Technology Instructor
Northland Community & Technical College
Jonathan Beck has worked in the Aerospace industry for over 18 years. He began his career as an air traffic controller and has been working with Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) technology since 2004. His career has involved fielding first of their kind small, medium and large scale UAS programs and operations across state and federal organizations and most recently in higher education. In 2011, Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls, MN launched the nation’s first UAS maintenance program. Jon is currently an Instructor and Program Manager of UAS technology at Northland. Today, he spends much of his time working across the Minnesota State College and University System integrating drone technology into a broad range of programs.
Over the past 7 years Jonathan has been on the leadership team of an organization that has raised over $30 million in advancing UAS and Geospatial Technician education. He has served as a Principal Investigator for 3 National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education projects building professional development workshops and pathways between programs impacted by UAS technology. He is a faculty at Northland Community and Technical College positioned in the hub of the Red River Valley Region, known for the National Test Site, the Nation’s first UAS Business Development Park “Grand Sky”, the Grand Forks Air Force Base where the Air Force and Customs and Border Protection operate large scale UAS (Global Hawks and Predators), the University of North Dakota Professional Pilot and UAS Certificate Programs and a large number of start-up companies.
Workforce Education Strategist
3615 Superior Avenue, Bldg. 44
Cleveland, OH 44114
As Workforce Education Strategist at Tooling U-SME, Greg is responsible for bringing together community stakeholders from education, workforce development, economic development and industry to create strategies that develop a pipeline of skilled workers in the advanced manufacturing sector. In this role he is able to leverage his experience in workforce development and education to create engaging learning models that bridge the talent gap between job seekers and manufacturers across the country and help guide America’s youth toward career pathways that provide livable wages and meaningful careers.
With over 23 years of workforce development experience, Greg has been able to develop relationships with community & technical colleges across the country to help them develop and implement learning solutions for the industries they serve.
Greg serves on the school board at Olmsted Falls City Schools & Polaris Career Center where he is focused on creating career exploration opportunities and programs to help kids make decisions about their learning journey after graduation . He is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, DiSC facilitator, and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Toledo.
Director of Education
Haas Tower - Morris Group, Inc.
Toni leads educational initiatives for Morris Group Inc. in their Haas Division navigating outreach and communications for their 14 states throughout the US. Passionate about career & technical education she has spent 15 years engaging, developing and helping to grow advanced manufacturing programs through various roles in the industry. In her current role Toni is working directly with schools, districts and states to justify, grow, fill and sustain viable manufacturing programs at the secondary and post-secondary level. You will find Toni speaking at state and national events to help grow awareness and change perceptions of careers and pathways to manufacturing as well as making the vital link of industry and educators to develop a strong, consistent skilled workforce pipeline.
Toni also sits on boards for The American Precision Museum and NTMA-Workforce Development.
CEO & Executive Director
33607 Seneca Drive
Cleveland, Ohio 44139
Craig McAtee was formerly the Executive Director for the Workforce and Economic Development Division of Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. He spent over twenty-five years in engineering, technology, and senior leadership positions for the Swagelok Company, an international manufacturing organization, based in Solon, Ohio.
At the College, he provided Dean level management of all new and existing applied technologies related credit and non-credit curriculum development, articulation, and deployment with over $3.8 million dollar annual budgets. McAtee also provided leadership for special projects directed by the College President and Executive Vice Presidents, as needed.
Currently, he is the Executive Director of the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC), Chair of the NVC for the NSF funded Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative (AMTEC), the Director of the DOL funded 3D Digital Design for Additive Manufacturing program at Tri-C and provides direction and external evaluation for several other national grants including – Weld-Ed, RAMP, AMPLiFI, Smart Grid, RapidTech, and others. He also is an active member of the Workforce & Economic Development Commission for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).
McAtee received an Associate of Arts degree from Cuyahoga Community College, an Industrial Engineering degree from Kent State University, a Bachelor’s degree in International Management from Malone College, and an Executive MBA from Cleveland State University. He is actively involved Aerospace Industries Association, the American Production Control and Inventory Society, the Cleveland Engineering Society, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, FIRST Robotics, and many 3D/Additive Manufacturing initiatives like America Makes/NAMII, etc.. McAtee is also an adjunct professor at Cleveland State University, as time permits.
33607 Seneca Drive
Cleveland, Ohio 44139
Holly Rolf is currently the Operations Manager for NCATC. She maintains NCATC's web site, handles registration for the yearly Fall Conference and Summer Workshop as well as all accounting and membership functions.
Holly began working with NCATC at the end of 2007, primarily to do invoicing of membership dues and accounting; she continues to manage more of the daily operations.
In 2005, Holly started her own accounting business and today has over 10 clients. NCATC is her largest, national client to date.