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The (Present and) Future of Workforce Education Policy

Wednesday October 9, 12:15pm


Kermit Kaleba
Managing Director, Policy
National Skills Coalition, DC

Kermit Kaleba is the managing director, policy at National Skills Coalition, where he directs the organization's efforts to advance a national skills strategy through federal and state legislation, agency regulation and national funding initiatives. Kermit assists state and local leaders in policy advocacy both within Washington and in their home districts and works with National Skills Coalition field staff and partner organizations to help improve state and local implementation of federal programs.

Prior to this position, Kermit served NSC’s Senior Policy Analyst from 2008-12 before he left to develop his on-the-ground knowledge of workforce development and administration at the Washington DC Workforce Investment Council, where he rose to the position of Executive Director.

He holds a J.D. and a bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary.

Dr. Darlene G. Miller
Executive Director
The National Council for Workforce Education

Since 2010, Dr. Miller has served as the Executive Director of the National Council for Workforce Education. Dr. Miller has over 25 years' experience working in community colleges with expertise in workforce and economic development. Prior to joining NCWE, she served as President of Manchester Community College (MCC) in New Hampshire. Dr. Miller chose to focus her professional career on community colleges because of her commitment to opportunity, access, and life-long learning. She is firmly committed to ensuring that higher education and life-long learning are readily and widely accessible to persons across a broad range of abilities, backgrounds, interests, circumstances, and ages.

Dr. Miller started in higher education as a faculty member at Vermont Technical College teaching mathematics, computer science, and engineering. As a tenured associate professor, one of her proudest professional accomplishments occurred when she started the first Rehabilitation Engineering Technology associate degree program in the nation. She moved into academic administration in 1994 as Dean of Business, Math, and Technology at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, OH. Additionally, she served four years as Executive Dean of Workforce Education at Green River Community College in Auburn, WA.

Dr. Miller has a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and a Doctorate in Higher Education, Policy, Research and Administration from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA.

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