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.