For Immediate Release - January 05, 2012

Director of Education and Workforce Development

Director of Education and Workforce Development will help align education and training programs with needs of Massachusetts employers

BOSTON – Wednesday, January 4, 2011 – Governor Deval Patrick today announced Marybeth Campbell as the new Director of Education and Workforce Development, a joint position among the Executive Offices of Education, Labor and Workforce Development and Housing and Economic Development.  In her new capacity, Marybeth will work with public and private partners to create a more coherent and flexible education and workforce development system that will connect well-trained, highly-qualified employees to jobs in every corner of the Commonwealth. 

“To compete in the global economy, we must connect our residents to meaningful work in the industries that have helped lead Massachusetts out of the recession faster than any other state in the nation,” said Governor Patrick. “Marybeth’s range of experience in workforce development will help us better serve our students and our employers, and I am delighted to welcome her to the team.”

“As we continue to address the needs of the business community, this new position will increase collaboration across secretariats and enhance education and workforce training resources for students and employees,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. “With Marybeth’s leadership on this joint initiative, our Administration will continue to develop opportunities to better prepare students and employees with skills to compete in the growing, innovative economy.”

At the Governor’s direction, Greg Bialecki, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development; Joanne Goldstein, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development; and Paul Reville, Secretary of Education have jointly developed a strategic plan to achieve the Patrick-Murray Administration’s workforce development goals in four key sectors – health care, life sciences, information technology, and advanced manufacturing.  One of the primary goals is to better align existing educational and workforce training programs across the state with clearly defined industry-specific pathways to employment. 

As Director of Education and Workforce Development, Marybeth will coordinate efforts among the three Secretariats to pool expertise and resources in the development of a workforce pipeline aligned with labor market demands in health care, life sciences, information technology and advanced manufacturing.

Marybeth will work to strengthen partnerships between community colleges and workforce development entities including Workforce Investment Boards, employers and Career Centers across the state; increase the alignment of courses and programs across high schools, vocational technical schools, community colleges, state universities and University of Massachusetts campuses; and develop online tools to provide students with clear descriptions of different pathways to multiple careers and employers with recruitment opportunities, among other initiatives. 

“One of our advantages here in Massachusetts is a strong, educated workforce. A key part of our economic recovery strategy is to ensure that the skills of this workforce continue to meet the evolving needs of our businesses,” said Secretary Bialecki. “We are pleased to have Marybeth on board in this new role, to help ensure that our education and workforce development programs are responsive to the needs of our employers.”

“We are delighted to welcome Marybeth Campbell to this newly created position,” said Secretary Goldstein. “Marybeth will help us with our innovative cross-secretariat endeavor as we work together to build workforce training and development programs that prepare workers for the Commonwealth's diverse industries and employers.”

“Community colleges play a vital role in providing our students with multiple pathways to lifelong success – whether in preparation for continuing education or for entry into the workforce,” said Secretary Reville.  “Our community colleges must provide not only an excellent education, but also a clear trajectory to meaningful employment for students, and Marybeth’s work will be central to ensuring that happens.”

Prior to her selection for this position, Marybeth served as the Director of Workforce Development at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) where she designed and implemented MassCEC’s Workforce Development programs, including the creation of four programs that have trained, educated and placed hundreds of individuals in clean energy sector jobs. While at MassCEC, Marybeth also cultivated strategic partnerships within the community college system to implement MassGREEN, the Commonwealth’s statewide energy-efficiency training initiative.  Marybeth has also worked at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, where, as Public Education Manager, she initiated and implemented a workforce pipeline grant and task force for vocational and technical high schools interested in renewable energy training and education programs.  Marybeth is a graduate of Providence College and currently resides in Worcester. 

“I am very excited to be working with the three Secretariats on this important strategic plan to align our workforce and education systems and respond to the skill needs of industry in the Commonwealth,” said Marybeth Campbell. “I look forward to developing strong partnerships with our stakeholders in workforce development, education and business.