Bruce Mack

Date of Award

Summer 2020

Document Type

Consultancy Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Committee Chair

Dr. Dale Lamb


Workforce Development is a critical component of economic development in Cleveland County. During the time of this project, Cleveland County was experiencing job growth in manufacturing-related jobs requiring post-secondary experience. My project is a collaboration between Cleveland County Schools, Cleveland Community College and local industries in the county. This project is two-fold: (1) prepare graduating high school students with the skills needed for employment after graduating high school, and (2) help them identify a career in manufacturing.The project is the development of the Advanced Manufacturing Academy. This Academy selects rising high school juniors to dually enroll in high school and college during their junior and senior years. The program goal is three-fold: (1) graduate from high school, (2) receive a post-secondary and industry-recognized credential, and (3) participate in a work-based learning experience (on-the-job training).This study of 18 participants revealed following results: (1) 100% of the participants received their high school diploma, (2) 72% of the participants received a post-secondary credential from CCC, (3) 100% of the participants received an industry-recognized credential, (4) 67% of the participants participated in a work-based learning experience, and(5) 27% of the participants were employed in their field of study within 6 months after completion of the program.

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