Nominee Bio- Dr. Braswell, originally from Clayton, North Carolina. She obtained her doctorate in Leadership in Higher Education and Organizational Leadership. She worked at Fayetteville Technical Community College for thirteen years in various positions. Her first role at Pitt Community College was Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. Currently, she serves as the Dean of Off-Campus Programs and Evening/Weekend College. She currently has 19 years of experience in training the workforce.
What is your vision for the workforce development profession? My vision for the workforce development profession is to equip the community and our state with the skills needed to enhance both professional and personal growth. I believe this can be achieved through comprehensive training and providing resources to meet unique needs. By collaborating we can use best practices to ensure our state has the #1 Workforce Development in the country.
Do you have a particular interest area or passion in workforce development? My passion in workforce development is providing training to individuals who have a desire to work and grow professionally. In dealing with this current pandemic and having so many people unemployed and small businesses are struggling to stay afloat. It is going to take the support of every organization, community partner, local and national associations to skill workers to return to the world of employment in our new normal.
Why do you want to serve on the Board? I have served as your state director for the past three years. I have recently been slated to serve on the executive committee and I also serve on the events committee for the board. I feel like I have not accomplished everything that I wanted to accomplish during my tenure as your state director. I would love the opportunity to represent our state again for another term to complete the job I set out to do. I want to double our membership enrollment.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession today and how can NAWDP address that challenge? The North Carolina Community College System is faced with the impending retirement of several experienced employees. I feel that the association must address this issue by providing ongoing professional development opportunities, leadership
institutes, and various certification programs to train our future leaders.