March 26, 2020
The RPC has welcomed Cassandra Brown as its new Workforce Development program manager. She will be responsible for development, implementation, operation, and evaluation of all education, vocational training, and work-readiness activities through the Illinois workNet Center (1307 N. Mattis Avenue in Champaign) and its satellite offices. Cassandra brings more than 15 years of career experience in workforce development, specialized training, career development, and business relations to Champaign County.
Prior to joining the RPC, Cassandra worked for St. Louis Community College as a program manager, project coordinator, career pathway coach, and business services representative. She earned a Master of Public Policy and Administration in management from the University of Missouri-St. Louis; a Bachelor of Science in marketing and management from Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri; and is working on her doctorate in Public Policy and Administration in local government management for sustainable communities from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
“I have high hopes for the RPC’s Workforce Development program,” Cassandra says. “I am committed to staying ahead of regional workforce and labor market trends and finding innovative ways to fill gaps in the labor market.”
The RPC’s Workforce Development program assists clients with job search resources while providing specific education and training opportunities for low-income, underemployed, and dislocated workers in Champaign, Douglas, Ford, Iroquois, and Piatt Counties. Cassandra believes East Central Illinois has great economic potential. “With the right tools, training, and support, individuals have an opportunity to achieve a meaningful and successful career pathway,” she explains.
Cassandra spent her earlier years working in marketing, public relations, and advertising. She is a member of Missouri Community Colleges Association, Missouri Association for Workforce Development Professionals (MAWD), National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP), and the Society of Multicultural Professionals in Human Resources (SMPHR).
“I’m very passionate about working with underserved populations and believe my professional experience and personal values make me perfectly suited for my new role as Workforce Development program manager,” Cassandra says.
The RPC’s Workforce Development program, based at the Illinois workNet Center, is focused on helping meet the needs of businesses, job seekers, and those who want to further their careers. The RPC maintains additional Workforce Development offices in Tuscola, Paxton, Watseka, and Monticello.