UMass-Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and Holyoke Community College president Christina Royal will join PeoplesBank First Vice President of Human Resources Christine Phillips on a panel, “Employers and Higher Education: Working Together to Develop a Stronger Workforce” on December 3, 2019 from 8:30-10 a.m. at the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute, 164 Race Street, Holyoke.
Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m. and the panel begins at 9 a.m.
Dawn Creighton, chief workforce development officer for Greenfield Community College, will moderate the panel.
As Chancellor of the UMass-Amherst campus, Subasswamy is regarded as a popular and well-regarded chancellor for his pursuit of academic excellence, promotion of research and outreach, and initiatives aimed at addressing campus climate, diversity,and culture. He has overseen the opening of new cutting-edge academic and athletic facilities, including Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community, the Integrative Learning Center, the Life Science Laboratories, and the Football Performance Center. In addition, he has made sustainability a campus priority and he is focused on strengthening community relationships, supporting area communities, and increasing access to the university’s rich academic and research resources.
Royal became Holyoke Community College’s first female president in January 2017. Since then, the college has embarked in bold plans, new initiatives, and innovative policies to continue its legacy of affordable, quality education. She is active and visible on campus and within the community and is passionate about projects that impact the local workforce, such as the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute, the college’s Center for Health Education, the Picknelly Adult & Family Education Center, and the Ludlow Area Adult Learning Center.
Panelists will discuss how colleges and universities are collaborating with the business community to build programs that meet the needs of employers. From Holyoke Community College’s unique engineering program in Ware, to PeoplesBank’s award-winning apprenticeship/training program, participants will hear how employers and institutions of higher education are working together to build a stronger workforce.
Reservations are $25 and include continental breakfast.