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Broadening the Blue Economy: A Workforce Development Panel

Occupations in science, technology, engineering, and technology (STEM), including those that make up the blue economy sector, are growing rapidly. Numerous STEM education initiatives across the United States have been created to help support the growing number of jobs in these fields. Despite these initiatives, STEM occupations are still plagued with hiring challenges such as attracting local talent and recruiting and/or retaining diverse employees. Representatives from workforce development programs across the country will describe the tactics they use to support a pipeline for local diverse talent to feed regional blue economy industry needs.


Chelsey Reid, MPH
Assistant Director of Outreach | Center for STEM Education


Tara Skelton
Program Manager | GenSea

Morgan Bogolin
Senior Director of Operations | Boys & Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast

Billy Carroll
Career & Technical Education Center Director | Moss Point School District (MS)

Tracy Crews
Marine Education Manager, Oregon Sea Grant Marine Education Program | Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon State University

Dr. Maria Cartolano
Lecturer, Marine Biology & Ecology | Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science, University of Miami

Dr. Jill Griffin
Executive Director | Hobe Sound Nature Center, Nathaniel P. Reed Hobe Sound Wildlife Refuge