Workforce Planning

A high-quality workforce is critical to achieving North Carolina’s broadband deployment goals, and a workforce plan is a required component of the state’s Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program initial proposal. The advisory committee will provide input and guidance on:

  • Needs and gaps in workers, skills and certifications
  • Education & training assets to leverage and develop
  • Effective strategies and investments to address broadband workforce needs, including a focus on equity and building a diverse workforce

N.C. Broadband Workforce Advisory Committee

Alan Fitzpatrick, Open Broadband 
Amelia DeJesus, Wireless Infrastructure Association 
Andrea DeSantis, Policy Advisor, Office of Governor Roy Cooper 
Andrew Gardner, N.C. Community Colleges 
Annie Izod, NC Works Commission, N.C. Department of Commerce 
Debbie Kish, Fiber Broadband Association 
Gary Beasley, Central Carolina Community College 
Jennifer Tracy, Spectrum/Charter 
John Chamberlain, Commscope 
Keith Busby, Communication Workers of America 
Kim Shepherd, SkyLine 
Kristie Van Auken, N.C. Department of Public Instruction 
Mauricio Solano, El Centro Hispano
Maya Norvel, Corning 
Michelle Slaton, Piedmont Triad Workforce Development Board 
Robert Doreauk, AT&T 
Robyn Lake Hamilton, Urban League of Central Carolinas
Shinica Thomas, Wake County Commissioner 
Wade Boteler, National OnDemand
Wes Hill, Wilson Community College