Community college system hires ‘game-changer’ Jeff Lynn to lead workforce development

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The Alabama Community College System (ACCS) announced Wednesday the hiring of Jeff Lynn to lead its workforce development program.

Formerly executive director of Louisiana’s LED FastStart, a customized workforce development program, Lynn joined the ACCS on Oct. 3.

“Jeff Lynn is the Warren Buffett of workforce development,” said Jimmy Baker, acting chancellor of the Alabama Community College System in a press release. “He is great at what he does, and he is known for getting results. We are thrilled to welcome him to Alabama and eager for him to hit the ground running.”

In his new role with the ACCS, Lynn will work with the members of the system as well as private and public employers and regional workforce development councils to ensure the programs offered by Alabama’s community colleges are aligning with what is needed in the workplace. Additionally, he is expected to build “advanced manufacturing training centers” to prepare workers for high-tech jobs across the state.

“Workforce development is a multi-tiered collaborative effort,” Lynn explained. “Our success depends on our ability to work together to meet the collective needs of our state — residents who need good jobs, employers who need skilled workers, and communities that need business and industry in order to thrive. We must listen to the needs of our industries and provide world-class workforce solutions.”

Though he has spent the last several years in Louisiana, Lynn is a graduate of Auburn University and has earned acclaim for his workforce development programs in Georgia’s Quick Start, part of the Technical College System of Georgia.

Having previously worked with companies like Kia Motors, GM, Ford, Honda, Siemens, Toyo Tires North America, Sasol, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, IBM, GE Capital, and CenturyLink, Lynn is uniquely equipped to assist ACCS in training workers for the types of automotive and aerospace jobs that are becoming more and more plentiful in the Yellowhammer State. 

 

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