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Unlocking Talent: Workforce Solutions & Apprenticeship Opportunities

April 9: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

We know that the need for skilled talent is a top concern for manufacturers in the Capital Region. Starting with assessments, CEG can help you identify and implement key strategies for improving your talent attraction and retention effort.

Hear from Senior Vice President of Business Growth Solutions and?MEP Center?Director, Don Wiesenforth and Director of Workforce Development, Christine McLear about the workforce services offered by CEG, including an overview of what Registered Apprenticeship is and how companies across the Capital Region have been utilizing this time-tested model.

Join us on Tuesday, April 9 for Knowledge @ Noon to learn about more about local workforce solutions.

Meet Our Presenters:

Christine McLear is the Workforce Development Director at the Center for Economic Growth where she provides oversight and direction for regional workforce initiatives. She oversees CEG’s group sponsor program for NYS Registered Apprenticeship. With a particular focus on Advanced Manufacturing, this program brings a person-centered approach to attraction and retention efforts for Capital Region companies. Formerly at SUNY Schenectady County Community College, she managed programs in Craft Brewing and Distilling, Information Technology, and Healthcare. Christine graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and is a graduate of the New Leaders Council and Leadership Capital Region (formerly Leadership Tech Valley).??  

Don Wiesenforth is the Senior Vice President, Business Growth Solutions and Center Director for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) at the Center for Economic Growth. Don is a seasoned leader with 26+ years’ diverse experience, owning a manufacturing company, co-founding an exhibition management firm, and leading lean transformations. As a strategic advisor, he excels in servant leadership, fostering staff engagement, operational excellence, and change management. Don is certified in TWI, a blackbelt in Innovation Engineering, and a proficient lean leader. He holds an MBA from SUNY Albany and a BS in Marketing Management from Bentley College. 


Following the presentation there will be an opportunity for Q&A.



Thank you to our sponsors: 


April 9
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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