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Three New Members Join Centralina Workforce Development Board

Oct 01, 2019

The Centralina Workforce Development Board (WDB) is excited to announce three new members: Kelly Stegall, Rick Money and Richard Witterstaetter who joined our Board in August 2019.

Kelly Stegall, Dean of College and Career Readiness at South Piedmont Community College, represents Adult Education and Literacy and Union County on the Board. She says that she and her team serve the most at-risk members of their community.

Kelly believes the most critical workforce issue for our region is connecting community members with training and development programs that allow them to skill up for employment that provides greater opportunity for financial stability and upward mobility. Furthermore, she proposes changing the narrative to promote short-term technical education programs as viable and respectable pathways for high school students and young adults which is crucial in ensuring a well-prepared and fully developed workforce that is available to support the aging-out of our current industry workforce.

“I also believe there is a significant need for employability skill development to address the soft skill gap that inhibits many community members from moving forward in their occupational and or educational endeavors,” says Kelly.

Now as a member of the Centralina WDB, Kelly hopes to bring a passion for serving these individuals and a drive to work closely with community-based organizations, employers, and educational institutions to develop viable opportunities for all community members.

Rick Money, a Career & Technical Education (CTE) Teacher for Iredell-Statesville Schools and a member of NC Association of Educators and Iredell-Statesville Association of Educators, is a veteran educator.  Rick represents Organized Labor and Iredelll County on the Board. He hopes to bring his experience and knowledge to the Centralina WDB related to connecting students and parents with the opportunities available in today’s workplace  

Rick believes that there are many misconceptions about options available to students that business and industry offer and are having a difficult time filing those positions. He also believes there are many missed opportunities for everyone involved.

“We are in a fast-changing environment for business and industry and effective communication to parents seems to be severely lacking. An example is an outdated perception that everyone needs a four-year college degree to have a successful and meaningful career,” says Money.

Richard Witterstaetter,  Plant Manager at ASSA ABLOY in Monroe and brings 20 years of experience running an organization and an understanding of what manufacturing companies need out of a workforce to the Centralina WDB. Rich represents the Private Sector (Manufacturing) and Union County on the Board.

“I believe that companies need to be more flexible when it comes to helping workers succeed. Companies need to understand the changing workforce that comes with younger generations joining the workforce,” says Richard.

By joining the Centralina WDB, Rich wants to give back to the community, as well as better understand the challenges that jobseekers face so that he might contribute to identifying and implementing solutions.

For more information about all our Centralina Workforce Development Board members, visit www.centralinaworks.com/directory-board.

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