Working Smarter: Driving Employment Empowerment with Career Literacy and Networks (Feb. 2023)

Contributed by: Amanda McCammon

March 5, 2023

What does it take to build careers with higher wages, less risk of unemployment, better benefits, more autonomy over work conditions, and the ability to build savings? The DeBruce Foundation report, Working Smarter: Driving Employment Empowerment with Career Literacy and Networks, explores the role of career literacy and networks in building resilient careers. This first-of-its-kind research provides actionable insights for workforce development professionals, educators, and all who are invested in helping individuals build thriving career paths. In this session, participants will also learn about the statewide partnership between Indiana and The DeBruce Foundation, how to access the Agile Work Profiler within the Indiana Career Explorer platform, and ways to tap into additional support opportunities. Join us to hear directly from practitioners in the field about how they are leveraging The DeBruce Foundation’s career resources with their clients. Together, we can develop career literacy and empower Hoosiers of all ages!


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  • An experienced Indiana educator with over a decade serving at all levels within Indiana public education including as a technology education and PLTW teacher, building administrator, CTE Director, Student Services Director, and Assistant Superintendent within rural, suburban, and urban communities. Recently, Amanda spent two years serving the students and educators of Indiana at the State level as the Chief of Workforce & STEM Alliances. While serving at the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), McCammon worked closely with policy makers and other State agencies including the Governor's Office, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. The primary focus of Amanda's state-level work included policy development and program implementation within the areas of PK-12 standards & curriculum, career & technical education, workforce development, college and career readiness, business & industry partnerships, and STEM/CS education. As a former IDOE cabinet level member serving Indiana educators and students across the state, Amanda led the charge from the General Assembly in 2017 to develop a 6 year State-wide STEM strategic plan outlining Indiana's objectives for STEM education. This extensive project focused on providing equitable STEM access for all students, building teacher and leadership STEM capacity, and connecting school districts and communities with business and industry partners in order to collaboratively develop and implement local plans to meet the current and future, highly technical workforce pipeline demands. Also during her tenure at the IDOE, McCammon worked to make Indiana the third state in the nation to adopt all nine computer science policy recommendations. Since leaving the IDOE in 2019, McCammon has served across the nation as an educational consultant working toward equitable, high quality STEM for all. Amanda also serves as the Indiana STEM Ecosystem Lead and STEM Synergy Coordinator for CIESC/Keep Indiana Learning.