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North Carolina State Representative Nominee Susan Oney
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Nominee Bio-
I am the Vice President of Workforce and Career Services for Telamon with over ten years of experience within the workforce and economic development system where I worked to implement new programs and improve performance in existing programs throughout a multi-state footprint. I am well-versed in WIOA, have a Bachelors's in Sociology, carry a CWDP, is scheduled to test for SHRM-Certified Professional in July, and is completing a Masters in Education Training and Project Management this December. I use a coaching and collaborative approach to organizational development and have applied for my  Ph.D. to the Workforce and Adult Education at NC State for the spring 2021 semester.  

What is your vision for the workforce development profession?
I strongly believe in the Integrated Service Delivery model because I think it is best for the job seeker and the employer. I would like to see stronger strategic partnerships as we enter into the renewal phase of WIOA. As much work as we have done, I believe there is room for including non-obvious partners such as CTE, College Promise programs and more customized training programs.

 

Do you have a particular interest area or passion in workforce development?
I am passionate about continuing education. I think it makes the biggest difference for anyone interested in upward mobility in their career as well as improve the quality of the staff we hire. I believe in providing professional development opportunities whenever possible to both staff and job seekers. I strongly believe in working with business and industry in helping them develop their incumbent staff with various training opportunities. I think this helps significantly with retention.

 

Why do you want to serve on the Board?
Having served a term several years ago, I understand the important work the board does and I feel that North Carolina membership is dwindling down. I would like to increase membership statewide and discover opportunities for the board to continue to expand its reach.

 

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession today and how can NAWDP address that challenge?
I think the biggest challenge has always been exposure. I long for the day when someone asks what I do and I tell them workforce development and they know what I am talking about. I love the field and feel like we have made such a difference in the lives of so many. I also believe there are many ways we can continue to expand the field.