CCBC NAMES ELIZABETH MCINTYRE DIRECTOR OF TRISTATE ENERGY AND ADVANCED MANUFACTURING (TEAM) CONSORTIUM

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Monaca, PA – Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) has named Elizabeth “Betsy” McIntyre director of the Tristate Energy and Advanced Manufacturing (TEAM) Consortium.

With philanthropic funding support of the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, the TEAM Consortium joins higher education providers, economic development organizations, businesses, public non-profits, philanthropic organizations, and workforce development boards from western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and northern West Virginia, to align educational resources with workforce training needs in the energy, petrochemicals and advanced manufacturing industries.

“This partnership is about creating pathways to the jobs that are coming,” said McIntyre. “We are in a new economy that does not recognize state borders. Public officials, private industry, and education and training providers know they need to work together like never before to ensure companies have workers and workers have good jobs.”

As director, McIntyre will facilitate the day-to-day operations of the Consortium, garner industry demand data and technical assistance for consortium members, and cover all communication and convening expenses of the consortium over the upcoming year.

“Both the challenge and the goal is to design clear pathways from high school or from other jobs to family-sustaining occupations in the energy and advanced manufacturing industries,” McIntyre explained. “Shell Chemicals’ cracker plant that is under construction in Beaver County is expected to be the first of several in the tristate area, and with that will come manufacturers utilizing the product that the cracker plant produces, as well as ancillary business opportunities resulting from a reinvented and thriving local economy.”

“It may be hard for people who have lived in this area for a long time to believe that a boom is coming, but there is no question that there will be jobs, and they will be vastly different from the steel mill jobs of old. Manufacturing careers are now cleaner, safer, and require advanced technical skills that were not even thought of 30 years ago. It’s an exciting time and full of opportunity for local workers.”

McIntyre’s background is in workforce and economic development. She served for many years as a public official for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, most recently as vice president of Commonwealth Corporation overseeing their ‘sector strategies’. There she was trained to be an expert facilitator for public-private partnerships, and collaborated with some of the most visionary and innovative thinkers in the country.

“With her proven leadership ability and extensive technical and strategic planning expertise, Betsy McIntyre is poised to excel in this vital leadership role within the Consortium,” said CCBC President Dr. Chris Reber. “I am confident that she will be instrumental in working with our Consortium partners to align educational resources and workforce needs in order to facilitate the transformational change needed across the region and beyond.”

Last fall, CCBC welcomed 55 industry leaders, higher education providers, and workforce development board members to campus for the TEAM Consortium’s inaugural meeting.

Members from all three states came together to address burgeoning workforce needs. Six areas of focus and action were outlined at that time, including:

  • Gathering industry input on workforce needs;
  • Helping workforce development boards work across state lines;
  • Standardizing and sharing educational and training curricula;
  • Implementing marketing strategies that will raise awareness of, and interest in, targeted industries and occupations;
  • Sustaining the work of the Consortium long-term by identifying needs and pursuing resources strategically and collaboratively, and,
  • Organizing and identifying TEAM Consortium administrative supports and activities.

McIntyre previously served as the executive director of the Midland Development Corporation (MDC), a nonprofit economic development entity, and was tapped to fill in as borough Secretary/Treasurer when Midland’s municipal manager retired. She worked closely with borough officials to implement Midland’s 2013-18 Economic Development Plan, which was created to position Midland as an arts and culture destination.

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About Community College of Beaver County

CCBC transforms lives through personalized education, dynamic partnerships, and high impact practices. The college has an annual enrollment of 6,000 credit and non-credit students. CCBC is an Achieving the Dream Leader College and offers 75 degree, certificate and diploma programs, hundreds of Continuing Education and Workforce Development programs, seamless transfer to a wide variety of baccalaureate and graduate institutions, and a nationally distinctive high school academy dual enrollment program. The Aspen Institute named CCBC one of America’s Top 150 community colleges in 2017.

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Betsy McIntyre collaborates with colleagues to align the partnerships and pathways that will join higher education providers, economic development organizations, businesses, public non-profits, philanthropic organizations, and workforce development boards from western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and northern West Virginia as part of the new Tristate Energy and Advanced Manufacturing (TEAM) Consortium.

Pictured from left to right: CCBC’s Dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education John Goberish, Career Coach Hugh Gallagher, Program Manager for Continuing Education Diane Loverich, and Director of TEAM Consortium Elizabeth McIntyre.