Mr. Mike Barbieri is a Workforce Development Liaison for Workforce Solutions. As with the entire team, his role is to help strengthen our community through the education, training, and development of every organizations most important asset; its people. He is a retired U.S. Army veteran with 26 years of active military service encompassing the domains of law enforcement, training and development, succession planning, and human resources management. Additionally, Mike was the General Manager for Doe Valley community for four years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Excelsior College and a master’s degree in human resources and organizational development from the University of Louisville (Go Cards!). Mike is the President of the Meade County Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Meade County Planning and Zoning Board of Adjustments, and he is the Lincoln Trail District Eagle Scout Coordinator for Boy Scouts of America. His favorite quote is “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right” – Henry Ford. Mike enjoys spending his time off with his family, golfing, motorcycle riding, and sipping on a good bourbon.
Steve Bratcher is ECTC’s Director of External Technical Training, and brings a diverse background of knowledge and experience to the organization. With more than 25 years of business and manufacturing leadership experience in both small and fortune 500 companies, Steve has transitioned companies to the next level of business performance. He has vast experience in numerous areas including Lean, Maintenance, Continuous Improvement, Quality, Safety, Environmental, Security, Risk, Human Resources, Production, Innovation and Engagement. Steve is a member of the Kentucky Air Force National Guard and has gained valuable leadership experience and capabilities resulting in numerous accomplishments and awards including one with valor. He is a seasoned veteran and has been directly involved in supporting numerous global conflicts. Steve holds a Bachelor’s degree as well as two technical associate degrees. In addition, he has earned several advanced degrees including an Executive Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science. As a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SCP) Steve has experience in Human Resources with an emphasis in leading teams and guiding others to the next level. He is involved in the community with several civic and veteran organizations as well as Feeding America. Coaching soccer allows him to exercise his passion for developing others. As a private pilot, flying airplanes is a “stress reliever.” Steve also holds his Kentucky Real Estate Brokers License and is an elected Hardin County Constable.
Ms. Beth Cassity is the Director of External Essential Skills for Workforce Solutions of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. She has developed curriculum, created leadership certificate programs, and taught team leader, supervisory and management workshops. Partnering with state agencies, non-profit organizations, chambers of commerce, and local economic development entities, Beth collaborates to develop the workforce in the college service area. Her innovative approach to curriculum design, program development and customized training implementation is creating a pipeline of skilled workers for the following industry sectors: Advanced Manufacturing, Automotive, Bourbon, Financial, and Plastics. Beth is a Master Trainer with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Office of Professional Development. Before joining the college, she worked as a President/Executive Director for Chambers’ of Commerce where she was the recipient of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Executive of the Year Award. A realistic optimist, she maintains a passion for leading and creating positive change. Beth earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Louisville and has begun graduate work in leadership through Western Kentucky University.
Ms. Pam Cook joined ECTC as a Workforce Development Liaison. She comes to our team with a background in industry working in both Safety and Information Systems. Prior to joining our team, she was overseeing all aspects of the environmental and safety program for an organization with thirteen manufacturing plants across North America. Pam understands the day-to-day challenges of the manufacturing world and enjoys the challenge of finding the balance between production demands and continuous improvement efforts to include training and talent development. She is one who is willing to go over and beyond to help others meet their goals. A favorite quote is “Believe you can and you’re halfway there” (Theodore Roosevelt). When not at work, Pam enjoys spending time with family, farming, camping, kayaking and scrapbooking. She is also active with her church youth and missions.
The Chief Community and Economic Development Officer (Workforce Solutions), Mr. Michael W. Hazzard has over 27 years of experience in both the business and educational sectors. Mr. Hazzard, a native of Leitchfield, served in the US Army, has a 12,000-hour electrical apprenticeship under his belt. He has worked with Workforce Solutions since 2018. He has been a professor at ECTC since 2002, chair of the Technical division, and coordinator of the Perkins program since 2017. After enrolling at Elizabethtown Community College, Mr. Hazzard moved on to Morehead State University to get his M.S. in Engineering and Technology Management. To better support employers in the area, he has led the expansion of the Workforce Solutions team, worked to establish the Greater Knox Coding Academy, and collaborated with the Fort Knox Career Skills Program, which has focused on advanced manufacturing. He supported the institution in becoming one of the first 15 colleges in the country to take part in the Metallica Scholars Initiative program managed by the All Within My Hands Foundation and the AACC, as well as in bringing our Commercial Driver's License and Production Technician programs to ECTC. His favorite quote is from Anton Chekov, “ Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.”
Mr. Craig Johnson joins the Workforce Solutions department as our Career Skills Program coordinator. He will be working at our Ft. Knox campus helping our soldiers, their families, and veterans. Craig is a retired veteran with over 30 years of military service, management and teamwork roles. He was the volunteer Center manager at Feeding America, Field operation supervisor for the US Census, and assistant project manager for the Valbin Corporation.
Ms. Angela McLean is the Senior Administrative Assistant for Workforce Solutions. Angela is, often, the first person someone will speak to when they call our office. Her role is to ensure that all Workforce Solutions classes are documented, that course material is available; she maintains records of all Workforce Solutions classes, and ensures credit is applied to each student’s account; she touches almost every aspect of Workforce Solutions and is invaluable to our operation. Angela served in the Learn on Demand program at ECTC for six years. She has been with Workforce Solutions since 2017. She is driven by the satisfaction of a job well done. Her favorite quote is “Do you really want to look back on your life and see how wonderful it could have been had you not been afraid to live it?” (Caroline Myss) When not at work, Angela enjoys reading, working cross word puzzles, watching television and movies, bowling, and road trips.
Ms. Christine Shelton serves ECTC as a Workforce Solutions Liaison. Christine brings a variety of work experience to Workforce Solutions, including human resources, banking, call center, manufacturing, sales, and now training. Christine’s role is to assess training needs of businesses and industries in ECTC’s service region. She is driven by family, faith, and her compassion for others. She has volunteered with United Way, Relay for Life, KAPOW (Kids And the Power Of Work), and KLUE (Kids Learning and Understanding Employment). She had an article published in Today’s Woman magazine about the similarities of mothers and daughters. Her favorite quote is “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” (C.S. Lewis) Christine is a recent graduate from Western Kentucky University. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with family, reading, swimming, and hunting for vintage treasures.