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Jen Worth serves as senior vice president for workforce and economic development for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). In this role, Worth oversees projects that partner community colleges with workforce boards, economic development entities, labor market intermediaries, and other community organizations to drive workforce and economic opportunity. Striving to make promising practices into common practices, she interfaces with federal agencies and fosters relationships with foundations and industry partners looking to align talent pipelines from colleges into growing employment sectors. In addition to the various projects in the department, Worth also directs the annual Workforce Development Institute (WDI) an annual event for approximately 700 workforce development professionals at community colleges. She also staffs the Commission on Economic and Workforce Development and is the liaison for the following six AACC Affiliated Councils: Community Colleges of Appalachia, National Council for Continuing Education and Training, National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers, National Council for Workforce Education, National Partnership for Environmental Technology Education, and Rural Community College Alliance.
Worth has held positions at the National Center on Education and the Economy, the Academy for Educational Development, the Center for Post-Compulsory Education and Lifelong Learning, and the National Association of Workforce Boards. She serves on the board of SkillsUSA and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship. She holds a Master of Public Policy and Management degree from the University of Melbourne in Australia.