Amanda McNamee has been named director of career services and workforce development at Stark State College.
The College hired McNamee as director of career services last September, and recently added workforce development to her leadership responsibilities. McNamee is ideal for this new role, thanks to her background, experience and passion for connecting graduates and students with careers and internships and helping businesses with their talent and workforce needs, said Dr. Para M. Jones, Stark State president.
“Stark State has a strong track record of effective business and community partnerships,” Jones said. “Aligning career services with workforce development achieves our goals of ensuring that graduates and students are prepared for meaningful and rewarding careers with local employers, and it ensures that employers have the new talent and incumbent worker education and training they need to be successful.”
McNamee’s responsibilities include connecting graduates and students with career and internship opportunities and helping employers with their new talent and incumbent worker education and training needs. She will continue expanding and improving the College’s career services, while aligning and improving business and industry outreach efforts.
A key to McNamee’s success in serving students and employers is to work effectively with Ohio Means Jobs staff and the vast network of public and private workforce and economic development organizations and professionals in our region, which she has already been doing very effectively.
Her extensive background and experience in helping employers with their talent and workforce needs gives McNamee the ability to incorporate into her work the duties of Daryl Revoldt, who recently retired as Stark State’s executive director of workforce and economic development.
A Stow resident, McNamee earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and a master’s degree in higher education administration, both from Kent State University.
She has more than a decade of experience in higher education, most recently serving as assistant director of career services in the College of Business at Kent State. Prior to that position, she represented KSU as an internship coordinator, an academic advisor coordinator and a recruitment coordinator.