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North Carolina State Representative Nominee Sherri Jones
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Nominee Bio-
I am instrumental in developing strategic workforce initiatives and programs for local government, post-secondary education institutions, and private businesses. I hold a bachelor’s degree from Lincoln University (PA), GCDF Certification, DiSC Trainer Certification, ATD Training Certification and am a CCSP through the NCDA and a CWDP through NAWDP. Active member of the AWWA National Workforce Development Board, and City of CLT Economic and Talent Development Strategy Team.

What is your vision for the workforce development profession?
As a Workforce Development Professional, we must build a bridge that it is secure and trusted. That bridge will connect businesses to economic development. That bridge will connect and prepare the underemployed and unemployed with essential skills that will make them workplace ready and employable. That bridge will connect individuals with entry level positions that are more than a job but a career. This profession will be inclusive and reveal how skills transfer and can remain relevant.


Do you have a particular interest area or passion in workforce development?
I have an interest in succession planning and the impact programs such as registered apprenticeships and internships have on industries that are essential as their workforce is fading out. I am also interested in digitalization. Understanding how technology will impact us tremendously by 2030 and preparing our current workforce for that change. Working on committees around green infrastructure and sustainability, I would like to continue doing that on a more national level than I already am.


Why do you want to serve on the Board?
As a Workforce Development Professional in the largest city in NC that was ranked 50 out of 50 in a Task Force Report that was conducted to evaluate the upper mobility of the top 50 cities in our country, I have worked tirelessly to change that result and future outcome. Being on the Board will provide a network form across the country to truly think tank through issues that effect us all. I'll have a voice in decisions around strategies and solutions that impact our workforce.


What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession today and how can NAWDP address that challenge?
The biggest challenge facing the profession today is the buy-in from employers to understand and trust how workforce development works in partnership with them. Although as professionals we know about workforce development, most industries, especially in local government, have only dealt with their industry regarding training, PD, etc. Now they are finding that in-house is not enough but aren't sure where to start and when they to start, it is hard to let go of how things "used to be".