Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, has promoted Karol Friedman to director of talent development. Friedman will report to Executive Director Ken Rogers and is responsible for overseeing Automation Alley’s workforce development programming and educational initiatives. She will assume her new responsiblities as of Monday, Oct. 27, 2014.
As director of talent development, Friedman is responsible for managing Automation Alley’s Technical Talent Development Program, which provides funding to local employers for high-level information technology training of both potential employees and incumbent workers. The training is administered by local training providers, including corporate training companies, workforce development organizations and educational institutions.
Friedman will also serve as the staff liaison to Automation Alley’s Education and Workforce Committee, which is responsible for creating workforce development workshops and forums that aid employers in search of talent resources. In addition, Friedman will participate in community events to ensure technology firms have access to a highly skilled and diverse workforce.
“Karol has a passion for talent development and a knack for building relationships that will serve her well in this new role,” Rogers said. “She’s also had an extensive track record in leadership roles throughout her career and has proven experience in obtaining and maintaining government and foundation funding for programs.”
Friedman joined Automation Alley in 2010 as IT employment coordinator. In 2012, she was promoted to talent development specialist. Prior to joining Automation Alley, she served as an adjunct counselor at Oakland Community College and is the past director of the Michigan region for ORT America, Inc., which supports a global network of schools and training programs in 62 countries. Friedman was also vice president of career development and employment services at JVS, which is dedicated to instilling pride and dignity through work by helping people finds jobs and manage life and employment transitions.
Friedman has a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial psychology from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in educational counseling from Ohio State University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a certified Business Solutions Professional.
The Automation Alley Technical Talent Development Program is made possible by a $5 million grant funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, and is an equal opportunity program and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
Source: Automation alley