Profile: Heather A. McKay

Director, Innovative Training and Workforce Development Research and Programs


Heather A. McKay is the director of the Education and Employment Research Center at the School of Management and Labor Relations. In this capacity, Heather conducts research and evaluations on community college programs, state and federal workforce development systems and education and workforce policies. She currently directs a Lumina Foundation for Education grant to incorporate education towards degree completion in the workforce development system. She is also evaluating three consortium Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grants across five states. Additionally, Heather runs the Obama-Singh Knowledge Initiative grant at Rutgers, looking at education and training in India. 
Heather's research interests include state and federal workforce development systems, skills development, college completion, workplace literacy, and innovative and technology-based training programs. Heather completed her bachelor's degree at Bryn Mawr College. She has a master's degree in history as well a master's degree in global affairs from Rutgers University. In addition, she is a Ph.D. candidate in global affairs at Rutgers University.
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