Karen DeJarnette and Andrea German-Willis
University College (UC) of Syracuse University announces the newly named Talent and Education Development Center (TEDCenter), formerly called the WorkKeys Center. Under its new mission the TEDCenter will expand its programming to support the workforce needs of businesses and to provide career development opportunities for individuals in Central New York and across the state.
The TEDCenter will use a variety of delivery methods to provide non-credit programs and certifications. Working closely with employers and regional organizations to understand their critical business requirements, the Center will create customized and onsite programs and certificate offerings in order to bring skilled workers into closer alignment with the needs of the public and private sectors. Karen DeJarnette is the Center’s new director. “With the strength and resources of the university we can quickly respond to the needs of businesses,” said DeJarnette, describing how the Center will achieve its mission.
DeJarnette brings a breadth of business experience to the TEDCenter. Prior to joining University College, DeJarnette was the director of Workforce Development for Empire State Development Corporation. Previously, she worked at the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY), serving as the vice president of Training and Corporate Development, and before that, at Carrier Corporation delivering services to both domestic and international customers. She served as an adjunct professor at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University following completion of her master’s degree in business administration and information management.
The CNY Regional Economic Development Council Strategic Plan reports that talent shortages in areas such as engineering, information technologies, and medical care compel businesses to expand outside of the region. “This trend has negatively impacted economic growth and employment in Upstate New York,” explained DeJarnette, “and it is a trend the TEDCenter hopes to have a role in reversing.” DeJarnette said the Center will work to provide focused training and educational opportunities to build the skill sets needed locally. “We have long heard employers say they are unable to find employees with the skills their business needs to be competitive,” said DeJarnette. “University College’s investment in the TEDCenter will help us close that gap.”