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Annette Parker, president of South Central College, a Minnesota State college, has been appointed to the external Advisory Board for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Task Force on Work of the Future.

In February, MIT launched its institute-wide Task Force on Work of the Future to understand and shape the evolution of jobs during an age of innovation. The Task Force includes experts from throughout MIT examining the relationship between technology, work and society. According to MIT President L. Rafael Reif, “We must proactively and thoughtfully reinvent the future of work.”

The external Advisory Board for the MIT Task Force on Work of the Future includes a select group of leaders from industry, academia, labor, government, foundations and other organizations. In his invitation to Dr. Parker to join the Advisory Board, Dr. Reif pointed to her “deep engagement and informed perspective on this topic.” Dr. Reif became familiar with Dr. Parker’s expertise when they worked together on the national Advanced Manufacturing Partnership 2.0 study.

“It is an honor to be among this tremendous group of leaders who will provide guidance on this important and innovative initiative established by MIT,” said Dr. Parker.

Recognized as an expert in workforce development and career and technical education, Dr. Parker receives requests often to serve on boards for national and international organizations and initiatives. “In addition to playing a role in the advancement of workforce development and career and technical education in the U.S., these opportunities also broaden my perspective, which helps inform my decisions at South Central College and strengthen my contributions to Minnesota State efforts in these areas,” said Dr. Parker.

Dr. Parker currently serves on the Center for Community College Student Engagement National Advisory Board, Council for Adult and Experiencial Learning Advisory Council (Vice Chair), National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on Systemic Change in Undergraduate STEM Education, The Presidents’ Roundtable (Vice Convenor) and Minnesota Campus Compact Board of Directors (Vice Chair).

She has previously served on President Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) Steering Committee 2.0 and co-chaired AMP’s “Demand-Driven Workforce Development” work team. She has also sat on the the Boards of Directors for the American Association of Community Colleges, National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers, Center for Quality People and Organizations, and Corporate Voices for Working Families, as well as the SkillsUSA Corporate Board and National Career Pathways Network Advisory Board.