Elms College hosted an executive breakfast event April 1 to improve understanding of regional workforce needs through the voices of legislators, elected officials, business owners and CEOs.

Elms College Hosts Executive Meeting to Improve Understanding of Workforce Needs

(L-R) Elms College President Mary Reap, IHM, Ph.D.; Edward Nuñez, Freedom Credit Union; State Rep. Aaron Vega, D-Holyoke; Judith Danek, director of the office of the president and community relations at Health New England; Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos; State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, D-Pittsfield; State Rep. Jose Tosado, D-Springfield.

Elms Hosts Executive Meeting to Improve Understanding of Workforce Needs

The College of Our Lady of the Elms hosted an executive breakfast event this morning to improve understanding of regional workforce needs through the voices of legislators, elected officials, business owners and CEOs.

At the event, presentations from the college president and faculty members preceded smaller group discussions in which facilitators guided attendees through workforce feedback questions.

The faculty presentations covered expanding offerings and new opportunities at Elms College:

  • College President Mary Reap, IHM, Ph.D., introduced the new Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (CEL), which will include undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as community education opportunities centered around startups. The CEL is an important part of the college’s strategic plan for the next several years, Reap said.

  • Amanda Garcia, director of the CEL and assistant professor of accounting, elaborated on what the CEL will mean for Elms and for the community. The center will use Lean Launchpad, a hands-on model in which startups receive immediate feedback from customers in the marketplace while launching a business.

  • Dr. Kathleen Scoble, dean of the School of Nursing, explained that an interdisciplinary collaboration between nursing and the CEL will add opportunities for nursing students to advance their education in the business of healthcare.

  • In honor of Autism Awareness Day, Dr. Elizabeth Hukowicz, dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, detailed the college’s programs in the growing fields of autism-spectrum disorders, Asperger’s, and communication sciences and disorders.