Education and Workforce Development

Investment in a well trained workforce is essential to the success of any business. That’s why the DPI is committed to making education and workforce development one of its core areas of opportunity. By ensuring there is a well-trained and educated workforce to meet the global demands of an ever changing industrial and professional business landscape, the drive towards the leading edge of innovation can and will be sustained.

Companies that offer comprehensive employee training have a nearly 25% higher profit margin than companies that don’t offer training. These companies also experience far better employee retention rates. Employees who are unable to access quality education and training programs become ineffective and will leave their job after just one year (American Society for Training and Development Study, 2000).

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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

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

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

EBONI ZAMANI-GALLAHER

Professor & Director
Office for Community College Research & Leadership
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

SARAH ZEHR

Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs
University of Illinois System