Industry Expert to Expert Teaching: SkillsCommons professional development services

Brief Abstract

Tackling one of the significant sustainability challenges in career and technical training and workforce development programs, the Industry Expert to Expert Teaching (IE2ET) community in SkillsCommons created solutions for helping industry experts who are new workforce development instructors become more effective in the classroom.  Learn about the online resources and mini-course that are free for institutions, organizations, industry, and individuals to use to become more effective and efficient teachers of their workforce expertise.




Maria Fieth, M.A.2, RTC Maria currently serves as program manager responsible for communications and community building for CSU-MERLOT SkillsCommons. During the last 26 years, Maria has worked with businesses and PK-20 educators providing guidance for refining and sustaining healthy learning and working environments and building partnerships and community among stakeholders. Maria's background in federally funded project management provides a strong backdrop for national level accountability and performance. Her work has received honors for building exemplary educational settings and community partnerships from Kevin Jennings of the U.S. Department of Education and Auburn University among others. Maria holds a dual Master's degree in English and in Education, a Master's degree in Psychodynamics and certifications in Reality Therapy and from the National Institute for School Leadership. She has numerous certifications as national trainer for organizations such as Ruby Payne's Poverty Framework, Olweus Bullying Prevention, Discovery Communication Model, and Crucial Conversations. She and her husband, Andy, have three grown sons, a lovely daughter in-law, and one beautiful grandbaby.
Rick Lumadue, Ph.D., Senior Program Manager of, California State University Office of the Chancellor. is a project of the U.S. Department of Labor's Technical Assistance Adjustments for Community Colleges and Career Training (TAACCCT) and is the world's largest repository of Open Educational Resources for workforce training. Rick is responsible for managing and supporting the 256 TAACCCT Grant Projects, representing 700 Institutions nationally, in their implementation of the U.S. Department of Labor policies, strategies, and requirements for contributing their Open Educational Resources into the Skills Commons repository and achieving the grant requirements of the TAACCCT program.
Brenda M. Perea, Director of Educational and Workforce Solutions brings nearly fifteen years of experience in the secondary-postsecondary educational field along with ten years in the corporate world identifying and targeting workforce skills not apparent in transcripts, degrees, certificates and courses. She successfully led the Colorado Community College System to implement a system-wide workforce driven digital badge initiative, building collaboration between 13 colleges, 39 campuses and Colorado’s leading businesses and industries. She is nationally recognized to mentor digital badge initiatives into developing deeper collaboration with business and industry around workforce skills. Brenda speaks nationally on digital badges and participates in the international Open Recognition Alliance weekly calls and IMS Global workgroups to shape the national conversation on higher education badging, industry and business interest and workforce participant credentialing. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico, a Master’s of Science degree from Shenandoah University.