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Workforce Innovation Division
Tom Pensabene - Executive Director of Workforce Innovation Division

Tom Pensabene

Executive Director of Workforce Innovation Division


Workforce Innovation Division Associates

Welcome to Workforce Innovation Division

As a key part of the programming phase for the Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology (CAET) and the Construction Education Center (CEC), the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC) consulted with MCC. NCATC's primary recommendation was to establish a division for workforce development in advance of design and construction of the buildings. Interviews and workshops with key corporate stakeholders and key MCC staff were conducted. This process yielded the name, Workforce Innovation Division (WID) with the brand "IN: Innovate Now!" The vision of WID is to become the community's first choice in innovative corporate education.

Construction Education Center and the Center for Advance and Emerging Technology




What it's all about

The Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology (CAET) will deploy corporate training spaces. The intent is to provide a space where companies and the community can offer short-term training on new technologies, such as teaching programmers to use Ruby on Rails, or introducing employees to new engines, fuel systems, applications, software, industrial robots, e-commerce tools, records management systems, and more. If you were to design a game-changing training on a new technology for our organization, what would the training be like? What technology would be the focus of the training? How would the training be delivered?

WID's primary functions are to:

  • leverage existing MCC resources through collaborative strategies;
  • bring to scale successful programs while implementing innovative industry partnerships involving credit, non-credit, proof-of-concept, open enrollment, entrepreneurial resources and job profiling for customized training;
  • work closely with Adult Basic Education/GED to make direct connections between specific companies and specific students to clarify the pathway to jobs while enhancing motivation for employability skills, literacy (i.e. reading, writing, math and technology); and
  • embrace both industry and instructional innovations.
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