Workforce Preparedness & Education Webinar
The Workforce is changing – How will you prepare your kids?
The demands of today’s workforce are ever-changing, and that makes it difficult for parents and students to understand what their options are. This webinar will feature educators and others sharing information about those options.
Recorded: January 20, 2021
Michael Charles, Lancaster Mennonite School
Dr. Linda Fedrizzi-Williams, Central Penn College
Dr. John “Ski” Sygielski, Harrisburg Area Community College
Dr. Tamara Willis, Susquehanna Township School District
Dr. Lina Fedrizzi-Williams, President of Central Penn College
Linda Fedrizzi-Williams, Ed. D., became the President of Central Penn College in 2018 after serving two years as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. Supporting students academically and personally is a top priority for her, as is addressing college affordability for parents and students. Since becoming president, Dr. Fedrizzi-Williams has developed an innovative Strategic Plan; increased student services, including a centralized Advising Center and Learning Center; introduced a free housing initiative for first-year residential students; and created a food pantry for students on campus. She earned a doctorate of education from Benedictine University, an MA in organizational communication from Marist College, a BA in communication from Marist College, and an AA from SUNY Orange. Prior to joining Central Penn, Dr. Fedrizzi-Williams served as Associate Vice President for Liberal Arts at SUNY Orange in Middletown, N.Y. NY where she secured funding for a new, state-of-the-art television studio, developed a New Media Program, created seven new courses, and secured Title III grants for targeted messaging to students at-risk of academic termination. She also served as an Associate Professor of Communication during her time at the college.
Michael Charles, Interim Principal & HS Cirrcuulum Lead, Lancaster Mennonite School
Michael holds a B.A. in History and Social Science Education from Eastern Mennonite University, a M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s School Leadership Program. He taught History and Social Science for seven years at LMH, was the Principal at Kraybill Campus of LM for one year, and served as the Assistant Superintendent of Lancaster Mennonite’s campuses before becoming the Interim Principal for grades 6-12 and the High School Curriculum Lead.
Dr. John J. Sygielski, president and CEO of HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College
Dr. John J. Sygielski, president and CEO of HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College. “Dr. Ski,” as he is affectionately known, became HACC’s seventh president in July 2011. He is on the board of directors of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), where he co-chairs the AACC’s Commission on Institutional Infrastructure and Transformation. Dr. Ski is also chair of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges, which advocates for the state’s 14 community colleges. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he is the only member of his working-class family to receive a college education.
Dr. Tamara Willis, Superintendent, Susquehanna Township School District
Dr. Tamara Willis is the superintendent in the Susquehanna Township School District. For much of her professional career, Dr. Willis has supported students with cognitive disabilities. She has been a building level principal, an assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, and an adjunct professor in the areas of special education and instructional leadership. Dr. Willis is committed to the success of all students and is unwavering in her campaign to leverage academic, social/emotional, and fiscal resources for her students. She is equally passionate about preparing globally competitive, 21st century learners to meet the demands of the workforce.