The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) has hired two new workforce recruiters.
Based at the RCBI Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center in Huntington, Erica La'Shee Gilkerson will focus her recruitment efforts not just on Huntington but also on Charleston and southern West Virginia.
Operating from the RCBI Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center in Bridgeport, Laurie Jean McCormick will focus on the state's north-central and northern regions.
Both recruiters will provide region-based student recruitment for RCBI's career-skills programs, as well as outreach to industry for more customized training assistance.
"Skills training is integral to what we do at RCBI," said Charlotte Weber, RCBI director and CEO. "And we are fortunate to have talented individuals such as Erica and Laurie reaching out to students and industry to enlist them for training. They can help us reach our goal of creating an ever-larger pool of technically skilled individuals to meet the needs of industry."
An Alabama native, Gilkerson comes to RCBI from Mountwest Community and Technical College. Prior to working at Mountwest, she was with the Marshall University Admissions Office. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in criminal justice/psychology from Judson College, a Bachelor's in sociology from Marshall and a Master's Degree in legal studies from West Virginia University. She and her husband Seth live in Kenova.
Born in Buckhannon, McCormick previously worked at WBOY-TV in Clarksburg, where she directed the station's early morning newscasts. From 1999 to 2010 she was a United Methodist pastor in Buckhannon, Richwood, Reader/Pine Grove and Morgantown.
She has a Bachelor's in Advertising from Purdue University, a Master's in Public Relations from Regent University and a Master of Divinity Degree from United Theological Seminary. She lives in Clarksburg.