Join us for the next Professional Development Committee event:
Lunch 'n Learn Webinar
Tuesday, October 3 - 12:00pm-1:00pm
Join NYSDOL, SUNY and CUNY to learn about Registered Apprenticeship and how it can be used to support your students and regional employers. NYSDOL will provide an Apprenticeship 101 and SUNY and CUNY will discuss the programs each offers, including pre-apprenticeship, training and funding opportunities as well as Prior Learning Assessment.
Lauren Andersen, University Associate Provost, Careers & Industry Partnerships, CUNY
Lauren Andersen is the University Associate Provost for Careers and Industry Partnerships at the City University of New York. In this role, she leads the University’s efforts to ensure postgraduate career success of CUNY students and support the recovery and growth of New York’s inclusive economy. Prior to assuming this role in July 2021, Lauren was the executive director of the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline (TTP), Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature initiative to support the growth of the tech ecosystem by delivering quality talent for the city’s businesses and quality jobs for New Yorkers. Lauren received her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, and a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University.
Chris Pinheiro, Director, Apprenticeship and Infrastructure, NYS Department of Labor, Division of Employment and Workforce Solutions
Chris started with the Department of Labor in 2006 and has spent his entire career with DOL, specifically in the Division of Employment and Workforce Solutions. He has held a variety of roles, beginning as a program monitor reviewing local Workforce Investment Act programs before transitioning to a central office role. His focus there was on policy and performance, eventually becoming the manager of the Policy and Planning Unit in DEWS. He became the Director of Apprenticeship in June 2021 and the Director of Apprenticeship and Infrastructure in May 2023. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Providence College, is an avid skier, a lifelong fan of the Red Sox and Patriots, and is a self-proclaimed Star Wars nerd. He currently resides in the Capital District with his wife and two young children.
Denise Zieske, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Workforce Development, Office of Community Colleges and the Education Pipeline, SUNY
Denise Zieske develops and implements workforce programs and related initiatives for SUNY’s colleges and supports SUNY’s workforce efforts at the state and national level. Prior to joining SUNY, Denise served as the Vice President for Workforce Development and Community Education at SUNY Schenectady County Community College. Her career has included work in many aspects of economic and workforce development. Denise holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Drew University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University at Albany.