MAGNET Welcomes Terrence Robinson as ECEC Executive Director

terrence_thumbnailMAGNET is pleased to announce the addition of Terrence S. Robinson to the organization as Executive Director of the new Early College Early Career apprenticeship program.

Modeled after European-style apprenticeships, Early College Early Career (ECEC) equips high school students in Northeast Ohio with a skill set highly sought after by the region’s manufacturers. Participating students receive college credit as well as industry certifications that open doors for them upon graduation. The program will also provide ample opportunities for other forms of learning, such as workplace visits, job shadowing, and on-site training.

For employers, ECEC builds a continuous pipeline of students and engages local high schools to maintain a strong and steady interest in manufacturing.

“Terrence is a key player in helping Early College Early Career launch the creation of a new and skilled manufacturing workforce,” said MAGNET President and CEO Ethan Karp. “With his unrivaled experience in leadership and academia, he will provide ECEC with the direction and vision that it needs to flourish, and MAGNET is proud to have such an invaluable asset on our team.”

“I believe that my experiences in education and academia allows me to bring a voice and perspective to the leadership team at MAGNET and ECEC that may have been absent in the past,” Robinson said. “The single biggest challenge facing manufacturers is workforce and talent development, and as we take a systems level approach to resolving the workforce skills gap, my role will be to insure that we build a collaborative and inclusive model.”

Robinson holds a Master’s in Business Administration as well as a Master’s of Science degree from the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management. In addition to his work with Cuyahoga Community College, he has previously worked as a top-tier consultant with TESSER Consulting and served as Strategic Implementation Officer for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. In addition, Robinson is certified in Lean Six Sigma and plays an active role on the boards of Friendly Inn Settlement Inc. and Breakthrough Charter Schools.

“MAGNET’s ECEC program has the potential to be a very real solution to both the challenge of college affordability and our workforce skills gap,” Robinson said. “But it will take a collective effort from all of our partners and a focus on doing what is right for students. … Manufacturers have to be committed to providing career pathway opportunities for properly trained and skilled young people. ”

Want to know how Early College Early Career can create a better career path for students in Northeast Ohio? Call Terrence Robinson at 216.432.4022 or email terrence.robinson@magnetwork.org to learn more!

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