Brian Jackson, Ph.D., has joined the staff of the SVHEC as the new Director of Workforce Training Programs. Dr. Jackson will oversee the SVHEC’s hands-on, credential based training programs, and brings more than two decades of experience in workforce development, industry training, and employer engagement to the position.
“We are excited to have Dr. Jackson join the SVHEC and especially the Workforce Development division. He will be responsible for helping the SVHEC continue to sustain and grow our short-term workforce training programs that address immediate and projected employer needs,” said Dr. Nettie Simon-Owens, SVHEC Chief Workforce Development Officer.
Dr. Jackson was raised in Buffalo, New York, but has been a Virginian for 25 years, most recently residing in Prince George, Virginia. After completing high school, he honorably served in the United States Air Force for six years. Dr. Jackson went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Averett University, and a Master’s degree in Education from Capella University.
While pursuing his graduate studies, Dr. Jackson went to work with General Colin Powell’s Promise program, becoming one of the first American Promise Fellows. This prestigious fellowship provided him with an opportunity to work with the Newport News School System’s Aviation Academy, where he worked with high school juniors and seniors to train and transition them into the workplace as Aircraft Mechanics with Delta Airlines. This experience provided Dr. Jackson with his first taste of technical training, and sparked a lifelong love of workforce development. Dr. Jackson went on to work as an industry trainer for companies in several sectors including healthcare, telecommunication, and business systems.
After a number of years in industry, Dr. Jackson, accepted an instructor’s position with Fortis College (Richmond, VA campus) teaching Psychology, Sociology, and Medical Ethics. He quickly rose through the academic ranks as he was promoted to the positions of program lead, department head, and finally Dean of Education. It was during this time that he also completed his doctoral studies, earning a Ph.D. in Human Behavior from Capella University.
After serving as dean for two years, Dr. Jackson returned to his technical training roots, joining the Naval Education Training Command in Virginia Beach, VA, where he was part of an elite team tasked with evaluating and restructuring naval training for a group of enlisted sailors. He went on to join the Community College Workforce Alliance as a part-time instructor and later as Program Coordinator for the John Tyler region. As Program Coordinator, he worked closely with employers and two school systems to develop programs to meet the workforce training needs of the community.
As SVHEC Director of Workforce Training Programs, Dr. Jackson will oversee operations of the SVHEC’s successful workforce training programs which include the IT Academy, HVAC@SVHEC, Mechatronics, and Welding@SVHEC. He will also direct the agency’s customized training efforts and engagement with regional employers.
For more information about SVHEC Workforce Training Programs visit www.svhec.org/workforce.