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Roy Vanderford

Roy Vanderford

Center of Workforce Innovations

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Roy's work combines: Government, Education, and Problem Solving

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Day In The Life

Director of Strategic Solutions

I assist communities and states in designing initiatives to advance the workforce to meet the needs of employers.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Bulter High School, Augusta, GA

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Industrial Engineering

    Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus

  • Graduate Degree

    Public Administration

    Indiana University-Bloomington

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Training & Development Managers:

Bachelor's Degree: Industrial Engineering

Graduate Degree: Public Administration

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Going to engineering schools without proper career advice that would probably have led me somewhere else.

  • 2.

    Discovering a passion for public sector work during the turbulent 1970s - wanting to make a difference in how government works.

  • 3.

    Applying (and not getting) for job at time of grad schools graduation, but stumbled on to another job in the process which led to my life work.

  • 4.

    Getting fired - led to another and better phase of my professional life as consultant, project manager, and technical advisor nationally.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Peers:

    You didn't use your engineering degree to become an engineer.

  • How I responded:

    The discipline of engineering and systems thinking can be used in multiple pursuits, including government where I chose to use it.