Community College Workforce Alliance Names New Vice President
Released on May 04, 2017
A Joint News Release from: Community College Workforce Alliance, John Tyler Community College and Reynolds Community College
RICHMOND, Va. – The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) announced this week that Mary Elizabeth Creamer has been named as Vice President of Workforce Development and Credential Attainment. The announcement concludes a six-month national search with 231 candidates.
Creamer brings an extensive background in workforce development in the Commonwealth. She comes to CCWA after serving as Senior Advisor for Workforce Development in the Office of the Secretary of Commerce and Trade for Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. In that position she oversaw a 25% statewide increase in STEM-H workforce credential attainment in just under two years. She previously served as Director of Education and Workforce Development with the Office of the Secretary of Education for Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Career Pathways and Workforce Development with the Virginia Community College System (VCCS).
Creamer earned the VCCS Expanding Workforce Opportunities Award in 2013 and is a two-time winner of the VCCS Technology in Education Award. Creamer currently serves on the board of the Virginia Early Childhood Education Foundation. She holds a master’s degree from Old Dominion University and a bachelor’s degree from Christopher Newport University.
“Elizabeth’s unique blend of workforce development and higher education experience is second to none in the Commonwealth,” said Reynolds Community College President Dr. Gary Rhodes. “I know that she will leverage workforce development and credential attainment in our region to create economic vitality.”
John Tyler Community College President Dr. Edward “Ted” Raspiller added, “Elizabeth is a world-class leader joining a world-class organization. With her extensive background and professional relationships, Elizabeth will further focus and expand our programs to ensure the in-demand workforce training needs of today, as well as tomorrow, are met.”
Creamer is expected to join the Community College Workforce Alliance in mid-June.
The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) is the workforce development partnership between Reynolds Community College and John Tyler Community College serving the economic development and workforce needs in four cities and 12 counties of Central Virginia. The organization provides non-credit training, custom-designed instruction, consulting, skills assessments and educational programs. CCWA offers on-line registration, customer support and courses delivered by expert faculty in three convenient locations, at employer sites and on-line.
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