My name is Solomon McAuley and I have served as the NextGen Specialist for the Centralina Workforce Development Board, Charlotte, NC since October 2014. My journey began with JTPA at the age of 14. The program gave me my first summer job and since that time I have worked to impact the lives of those that I have come in contact with especially the youth population. In my current role being able to provide local assistance in my region with WIOA youth services brings me joy and a sense of pride.
What is your vision for the workforce development profession?
My vision for the workforce development profession is to provide real opportunities for those that are interested in this field along with introducing new people to this field. My vision is to also be able to effectively communicate and learn about some of the challenges that the workforce development profession encounter.
Do you have a particular interest area or passion in workforce development?
As stated in my bio at 14 the JTPA program changed my life and it cultivated a passion to not work in this field but to truly inspire and expose others especially the youth population. With that being said my particular interest area or passion in workforce development is the youth population along with those that have been tasked to serve them.
Why do you want to serve on the Board?
My desire to serve on the board is to connect with those that have a passion for the workforce on a national level while sharing my passion as well. Along with that just learning more about the workforce and how we can continue to impact the world.
|What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession today and how can NAWDP address that challenge?|
The biggest challenge that I see facing the profession today is having so many that are not truly passionate about this work but do it daily just because it's their job but not their calling. I think NAWDP can address this challenge slowly but effectively by challenging leaders around the globe to hire those that are person-centered, motivated to help others, and those that understand we have the ability to change someone's life by providing resources that can really change someone's life.