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ARSP April 2017

The Competitive Workforce Alliance Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership along with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College held a conjoined Health Science Career Pathways Symposium on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Kannapolis City Hall (NCRC).  The purpose of the Career Pathway Symposium was geared towards high school educators, higher education, health care providers, and local workforce development boards. Close to 100 individuals were in attendance.  The Centralina Workforce Development Board played a very vital role in this event.  Narissa Knight, Centralina WDB Services SpecialistSherika Rich, Centralina WDB Services LeaderMark Seifel, Centralina WDB Business Services Leader, and Asia Wilson, Centralina WDB Communications Specialist all had a hand in planning or working the event.  

The event started at 10:00am with a presentation led by Dr. Cyndi Osterhus in which she talked about problem-based learning in the classroom.  Right after, Emily Ward, MSN, RN talked about teaching through hi-fidelity simulations.  During lunch, the Allied Heath Regional Skills Partnership held its regular partnership meeting which featured a college panel discussion.  The panelists for this portion of the meeting included: 


Dr. Ruth Hedgpeth, Dean of Nursing, Allied Health & Human Services, Early Childhood Education, Lateral Entry Education, and Cosmetology at Central Piedmont Community College.  

Dr. Tammy Crump, Executive VP of Health Sciences and Public Services at Stanly Community College 

Dr. Wendy Barnhardt, Dean of Health and Education Programs at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Dr. Scott Gordon, PhD. and Chair of the Department of Kinesiology at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte 

The Centralina Workforce Development Board, Charlotte Works, Western Piedmont WDB, and Gaston Works all participated in this event. The event was sponsored by the Competitive Workforce Alliance (supported by the Centralina WDB, Gaston WDB, Charlotte Works and others) and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.  The event was a great success.  


More information about the Competitive Workforce Alliance Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership: 
The alliance was formed by a consortium comprised of employers, economic development professionals, and training providers to create strategies and programs that will continually assess, prioritize, and respond to the workforce training needs of employers in the allied health industry.  Its sole mission is "to assure that the region has the allied health resources necessary to meet the healthcare needs of its citizens." 

For more information regarding the Competitive Workforce Alliance Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership visit,  For detailed information regarding the Health Sciences Career Pathway Symposium contact Narissa Knight, Centralina WDB Services Specialist at  



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