Dr. Steve Klein, a nationally recognized leader in career and technical education (CTE) and workforce development will join Education Northwest on September 24. Klein has more than 25 years of experience leading large-scale research, evaluation, policy analysis and technical assistance projects designed to support federal and state policymakers, foundations and education and community leaders in strengthening career and workforce development programs. Most recently, he served as director of RTI International’s Center on Career/Adult Education and Workforce Development.
“We are more than thrilled to welcome Steve to Education Northwest,” commented Danette Parsley, the organization’s Chief Program Officer. “Steve brings a demonstrated passion for using evidence to strengthen formal and informal systems to meet the career aspirations of students and the workforce needs of society. He will lead work that is a perfect complement to our current research and evaluation, education system improvement, professional development and youth development services,” she said.
“Career preparation and workforce development are attracting national attention,” said Klein. “Our country’s economic future depends on an educated, well-prepared labor force. Providing youth and adults with the knowledge and skills they need to find work and advance in a career—one that they are passionate about—is a significant challenge. I’m thrilled to join the leadership team of an organization that has the capacity and commitment to help solve these pressing problems.”
Klein will apply his senior management experience to lead a center that is focused on supporting career education and lifelong learning. For more than two decades, staff in this center have provided large-scale, in-person and online learning opportunities to volunteers, educators, nonprofits and government agencies to increase their capacity to better serve children and youth and to strengthen communities. Klein will amplify these services with his background in CTE and commitment to career preparation and workforce learning.