Tina Zwolinski, CEO of soft skills and middle-skills gaming app company skillsgapp, has been appointed to the Academic Advisory Council of the Skilled Trades Alliance, a national non-profit of public and private organizations dedicated to addressing the skilled trade deficit in the US through providing customized approaches to sectors in the available talent pool including veterans, those pursuing second careers, and the youth audience. Board members of the STA include leaders from 84 Lumber, Clemson University, and the SC Department of Commerce. The Academic Advisory Council’s efforts are focused on connecting with the K-12 market, reaching out to students, school counselors, educators, and their influencers. The council includes leaders with the National Center for Construction Education & Research, Greenville Technical College, and Tallo, a company that offers an online profile tool that matches student talent with potential jobs, scholarships, and apprenticeships.
“Tina’s significant experience in the private sector leading initiatives in economic and workforce development, as well as her work with generational consumer brands, is an asset to our work with the Skilled Trades Alliance,” said Fred Wood of Greenville Technical College and chair of the Academic Advisory Council for the Skilled Trades Alliance. “She is an innovative, entrepreneurial leader and her work in developing customized gaming apps for skills-based career and pathway awareness puts her on the cutting edge of workforce development and recruitment. If we are ever going to grow our middle-skills talent pipeline we will need to learn to reach and develop the skills of the next generation. Tina is already doing that through her work at skillsgapp.”
“I am very honored to serve with people who have the same passion as I have for helping youth gain awareness and access to more varied, alternative career paths,” said Tina Zwolinski, CEO of skillsgapp. “For more than two decades I have watched and listened to the leadership of manufacturing and other skills-based industries share just how greatly the talent gap affects their business and their ability to grow. The search for talent, along with talent retention, is easily the most time-consuming part of an HR department’s job, no matter the industry. I’m hopeful that the Skilled Trades Alliance will be able to gather, develop, and use every tool at our disposal to help address these talent gaps.”
Skillsgapp fields mobile, engaging interactive apps that help middle and high school students develop the technical and soft skills necessary to pursue careers in skills-based industries, including aerospace and automotive manufacturing, life sciences, cybersecurity, construction trades, and other technical industries. Skillsgapp gaming apps are ideal for states, economic development organizations, industries, and public sector agencies dedicated to building a qualified workforce pipeline.
Prior to her founding skillsgapp, Zwolinski served as CEO and founder of ZWO, a branding and marketing firm focused on economic and workforce development and generational consumer brands. She is a winner of Greenville’s Best & Brightest award, a graduate of Leadership Greenville’s Class 37, and has previously served stints on the board of Langston Charter Middle School. Zwolinski also serves on the board of Fostering Great Ideas, a national non-profit devoted to improving the life of youth who are in the foster care system.
To find out more about skillsgapp’s gamified skills development through mobile apps and much more, visit http://www.skillsgapp.com or contact us at 864.469.9340. To connect with Tina reach out at https://www.linkedin.com/in/tinazwolinski.