At their July 17, 2018, regular meeting, the Camden County Board of Commissioners appointed the first members of the newly created Spaceport Camden Education and Workforce Subcommittee. The Education and Workforce Subcommittee will be chaired by Laura Forczyk, a NASA Subject Matter Expert for planetary science missions and space career coach for students, recent graduates, and mid-career professionals.
Education and Workforce Committee members were appointed to reflect the wide range of skills and expertise that will be required by Spaceport Camden. They include:
Laura Forczyk, Scientist, Founder and Executive Director—Georgia Space Alliance (Chairperson)
Adon Clark, Dean of the School of Aviation – Middle Georgia State University
Paige Coker, Ed.S, Director of Public Relations and Special Projects—Ware County School District
Shawn T. Cruzen, Ph.D., Executive Director—Coca-Cola Space Science Center, Columbus State University
Glenn Deibert, Ed.D., President—Coastal Pines Technical College
Bill Garlen, Interim Director of Camden Center and Director of Administrative Operations—College of Coastal Georgia
Lisa Gleason, Director of Technical/Career Education—Camden County High School
Leo C. Melody, M.Ed., Director, Valdosta State University, Camden Center
Millie Price, Ed.S, STEM K-12 Instructional Coach—Ware County School District Lonnie Roberts, Provost—Coastal Pines Technical College
Pete Snell, Vice President for Economic Development—Coastal Pines Technical College
Jessica Warren, UGA County Extension Coordinator, Agricultural and Natural Resources Agent
James R. Wilburn, Ed.D., Academic Program Director, Military, Professional Education—Georgia Institute of Technology
“The broad and extensive experience of the Spaceport Camden Education and Workforce Subcommittee is a testament to the aerospace expertise already available in Georgia. This subcommittee’s work is critical to ensuring Georgia continues to be the leader in the aerospace industry and Spaceport Camden offers launch customers the most talented workforce available anywhere in the world,” said Steve Howard Camden County Administrator and Spaceport Camden Project Lead.
The Spaceport Camden Education and Workforce Subcommittee has been tasked with identifying the needs of future spaceport users education and recommending K-12, technical college, and post-secondary curricula to prepare Georgia students for careers at Spaceport Camden. The subcommittee will develop a list of recommendations that Camden County will share with elected and appointed officials at local school boards, the Georgia General Assembly, and the University System of Georgia.