“Technical skills are important, but without employability skills,
technical skills are merely commodities. Employability skills
turn intellectual commodities into intellectual capital.”
– Peter Saflund

Information Technology Workforce Skills Study,
Broadening Advanced Technological Education Connections

development teams

Working Groups
The collaboration of the Manufacturing and Cyber Security Working Groups was essential to the curriculum development process

Development Teams
Each sector's working group had six development teams. Each team consisted of a faculty member and an employer tasked with joint development of one integrated curriculum project.


Manufacturing Development Teams


Faculty SMEs:

  • Lara Sharp, St. Petersburg College
  • Roxana Melendez, Palm Beach State College
  • Margi Lee, Florida Gateway College
  • Meer Almeer, Eastern Florida State College
  • Cyndi Johnson, Rockingham Community College

Industry SMEs:

  • Mike Brewster, Monin
  • Terry M. Iverson, Iverson & Company
  • Mike Ennis, Harris Corp.
  • Robert E. Schwien, Moraine Valley Community College


Cybersecurity Development Teams


Faculty SMEs:

  • Susan Sands, Lead Instructional Designer, Moraine Valley Community College
  • Dan Manson, Cal Poly Pomona
  • Mike Masino, Madison Area Technical College
  • Michael T. Qaissaunee, Brookdale Community College
  • Paul Burkholder, Rhodes State College
  • Chis Royse, Southcentral Kentucky Community College
  • Kevin Vaccaro, Moraine Valley Community College
  • Susan Grey, Moraine Valley Community College

Industry SMEs:

  • Justin McDermott, Farmers Insurance
  • Greg Pangrazio, Zygna
  • Alan Greenberg, Forsythe Technologies
  • Montana Williams, ISACA
  • William Wolfe, Cisco Systems Limited

Team Member Roles
The employers on the teams provided authentic industry scenarios to set the context for the integrated project. The faculty members on the teams served as the instructional designers. Both in-person and virtual collaboration activities were held to facilitate the development work.