Education and Workforce Development

The Discovery Partners Institute recognizes that a strong and vibrant workforce is key to the success of Illinois' economy and has established a working group in the areas of education and workforce development. The group seeks to ensure that there is a continually learning and self-improving workforce that is able to meet the global demands of industrial, professional and business landscapes to drive leading-edge innovation and the economy of Illinois.

To do that, the group aims to

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the current state of education and workforce development in Illinois
  • Identify pilot projects that can utilize the DPI platform to reach large audiences and create greater impact
  • Identify grant projects that could underwrite statewide initiatives in education and workforce development
  • Identify effective partnership models for higher education institutions, business corporations and other agencies, groups and stakeholders
  • Expand opportunities across the state by providing specific and targeted workforce development

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Education and Workforce Development Working Group

Jessica Li

JESSICA LI

Chair
Associate Professor
Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

VICKIE COOK

Institutional Lead
Executive Director
Center for Online Learning, Research & Service
University of Illinois at Springfield

SUSAN GOLDMAN

Institutional Lead
Professor
Department of Psychology
University of Illinois at Chicago

JENNIFER AMOS

Teaching Associate Professor
Department of Bioengineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

TRAVIS BLAND

Associate Professor
Department of Public Administration
University of Illinois at Springfield

TAMMY CRAIG

Career & Online Learning Specialist
Center for Online Learning, Research & Service
University of Illinois at Springfield

PAUL GRIPPO

Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
University of Illinois at Chicago

MARISHA HUMPHRIES

Associate Professor
Department of Educational Psychology
University of Illinois at Chicago

NEETU SINGH

Assistant Professor
Department of Management Information Systems
University of Illinois at Springfield

KAREN SWAN

Professor
Department of Educational Leadership
University of Illinois at Springfield

KIMANI TOUSSAINT

Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Science & Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

STEVE TOZER

Professor & Director
Center for Urban Education Leadership
Department of Educational Policy Studies
University of Illinois at Chicago

KANDACE TURNER

Project Manager
Discovery Partners Institute
University of Illinois System

MIKE TWIDALE

Professor
School of Information Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

SANDY WAYNE

Professor & Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Department of Management
University of Illinois at Chicago

SARAH ZEHR

Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs
University of Illinois System