Personnel Changes at CPWDC

Lewisburg, PA – As Chairperson of the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation (CPWDC), Jamie Aurand, Regional Director for Premier Healthcare Resources, announced that CPWDC Executive Director Shannon (Miller) Munro has accepted a position at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Effective January 7, 2012, Rachel Smith, CPWDC Assistant Director, will assume the duties of Acting Executive Director.

Munro’s resignation was accepted with regret at the CPWDC December 16, 2011 public Executive Committee meeting. Munro then spoke of CPWDC’s many opportunities and successes during the 12 years she worked in the business, including the receipt of millions of dollars in competitive grants for workforce projects and the introduction of the Career Readiness Certificate powered by WorkKeys® that is available in the PA CareerLink® offices across Central Pennsylvania. She also said that she has been fortunate to work with a talented group of individuals from across the region and many of whom have served on the CPWDC board and various committees.

According to Teri MacBride, PPL’s Susquehanna Region Community Relations Director who presently serves as Board Vice-Chair and will assume the position of Chair of the Board in 2012, a search committee for the Executive Director has been formed and will meet in early January. MacBride said, “our customers are our priority and they will notice no impact during what I expect to be a short leadership transition. I’m pleased that Rachel has accepted the responsibility to lead us during the next few months. Shannon and Rachel have worked together to create and manage the organization for more than ten years. I am certain that CPWDC will continue to successfully operate with a high level of productivity.”

MacBride continued, “a major benefit to our region has been the diversification of funding that has been secured during Shannon’s tenure. We have been positioned to be one of the Workforce Development Boards (WDB) from across the country that is not entirely dependent on federal resources from the Workforce Investment Act. Having an extensive portfolio allows CPWDC to be more flexible and adjust to current needs. While Workforce Investment Act funding to support PA CareerLink® operations represents a portion of funding, the Board will continue to seek opportunities to enhance workforce initiatives particularly in this challenged economy.”

Outgoing chairperson Jamie Aurand said “Shannon will really be missed. She was a founding member of the non-profit company. Over the years, and under Shannon’s leadership, CPWDC has been successful at obtaining competitive grants aligned with its mission to develop and retain a quality labor force in Central Pennsylvania. While Workforce Investment Act funding has continued to decline as a result of federal funding cuts, Shannon has been instrumental in securing those additional funds. When difficult decisions had to be made because of federal funding cuts to PA CareerLink® programs, Shannon provided solid, research-based and consistent information so that the Board could make the decisions necessary to remain within budget.”

CPWDC serves as the local WIB for Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties. CPWDC has been in business since 1999 and is responsible for coordinating and developing a workforce system in this nine-county region of Central Pennsylvania. CPWDC is one of 22 local WIBs across the Commonwealth.