Alicia Booker, Vice President of Operations, Workforce, Community and Economic Development at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) in Cleveland, will be the guest speaker at Tribute's annual user group meeting, TribNet, to be held June 2017.
Ms. Booker has an extensive history in work force development and connecting employers with employees. Prior to joining Tri-C, she was the president and CEO for the Genesee/Shiawassee County Michigan Works! Career Alliance, Inc., an organization that fosters systemic reform in workforce development to ensure continuous economic growth for employers and residents.
She also served as the Assistant Vice President for The Community College Workforce Alliance, a partnership between community colleges serving the economic development and workforce needs in 12 counties of Central Virginia.
Tri-C's focus on training for the manufacturing industry
Over the past year, Cuyahoga Community College has provided training to more than 10,000 individuals through its workforce training programs.
Ms. Booker has expanded training options for Tri-C students and created “stackable” programs that offer, for example, a welding boot camp helping employers fill gaps right away, plus the option of a one-year welding credit certificate for more comprehensive education.
Working with the Alcoa Foundation, Ms. Booker helped to obtain a grant last year to upgrade Tri-C’s revamped manufacturing center’s lab with computer controlled machines, robotic arms and other technological tools vital to training tomorrow’s workforce. The new equipment will make Tri-C students more proficient with smart manufacturing methods, better preparing them for in-demand industrial jobs requiring increased technical skills.
Tri-C's Workforce Training provides both non-credit and credit training for individuals and businesses. Through employee training programs, professional development, lifelong learning opportunities, and community service programs, Workforce Solutions is dedicated to enhancing economic growth and the quality of life in Northeast Ohio.
Classes offer flexible schedules, traditional and online opportunities, including day, evening and weekend classes. The program is taking applications now for spring programs, including their Right Skills Now CNC Operations and Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering programs. Financial assistance is available for individuals who qualify.
Alicia Booker's talk at TribNet 2017
Ms. Booker knows the challenges companies in our industry face in finding the right employees. She also knows how community colleges are working to develop a skilled workforce. Ms. Booker will discuss strategies for working with local agencies and educators to develop the partnerships that will benefit employers.
Tribute, Inc. is a provider of business management software for hydraulic, pneumatic, process control and automation distributors who provide design and fabrication services. Click for more information about TrulinX, our Windows-based software designed specifically for complex fabrication projects. Tribute, Inc. holds an annual meeting, TribNet, of software users to conduct training, receive input into the direction of our software, and facilitate networking between customers and with Tribute staff.