CCAC presents labor & management discussion focusing on Pittsburgh’s growing skills gap. Discussion will explore employment trends, career opportunities and possible solutions

Article by: CCAC Public Relations

Press Release

PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County will present “Exploring Solutions to Pittsburgh’s Growing Skills Gap—A Community Facilitated Forum,” a labor and management discussion taking place from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4. Featured panelists will include Theresa Bryant, vice president for Workforce Development, CCAC; Jason Fincke, executive director, Builders Guild of Western Pennsylvania; Dr. Linda B. Hippert, executive director, Allegheny Intermediate Unit; James T. Kunz Jr., business manager, International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 66; Dr. Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki, campus president, North Campus & West Hills Center, CCAC; Stefani Pashman, chief executive officer, Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board; Tim Stevens, chairman & chief executive officer, The Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP); and Dennis Yablonsky, chief executive officer, Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

“Exploring Solutions to Pittsburgh’s Growing Skills Gap—A Community Facilitated Forum” focuses on the increasing need for skilled workers in the industrial, manufacturing, construction and utilities sectors and where the region will find its next generation of workers. This facilitated discussion among representatives of labor, management and the community will explore employment trends, career opportunities, education and training requirements as well as possible solutions to this growing concern.

The event is the latest in the college’s Robert M. Mill Lecture Series, Pittsburgh Labor & Management Past & Future: A Labor-Management Discussion. This event provides a forum in which individuals with diverse viewpoints can gather to discuss the impact that labor-management relations have on the region and the economy. The event will take place at the CCAC Allegheny Campus Foerster Student Services Center Auditorium, 808 Ridge Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15212.

The discussion is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested by Friday, Monday, May 2. For more information or to register, contact 412.237.4412 or

Pittsburgh Labor & Management Past & Future: A Labor-Management Discussion embodies a series of interactive sessions designed to foster a sustained dialogue on economic development issues facing the region by bringing together members of labor and management to share their perspectives and expertise.

Recognizing CCAC Alumnus Robert M. Mill, a champion of the benefits of accessible education and an ardent supporter of aligning that education with business and labor, the Robert M. Mill Lecture Series, part of the CCAC Labor & Management Institute, offers a platform for open communication among all who will benefit from a future of positive labor-management relations and economic development in Western Pennsylvania.


About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates nearly 30,000 credit students through more than 150 degree, certificate, diploma and transfer programs and offers thousands of students access to noncredit and workforce development courses. The learning-centered institution’s mission is to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society. CCAC’s quality programs enable students to transfer credits to approximately 500 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond. Visit to learn more.

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