Dr. James F. McKenney provides higher educational consulting services in the area of economic/workforce development and international system engagement. Previously, as the Vice President of Economic Development and International Programs, he served as the primary point of interface between AACC and other public/private organizations, agencies and trade associations that focus on economic and workforce development.
In that capacity, he created the AACC Center for Economic and Workforce Development; a platform from which operated a number of foundation and federally funded contracts and grants, including the AACC/DOL Virtual Career Network. Additionally, in 1994, Dr. McKenney initiated the creation of an on-going national community college workforce-focused conference, the AACC Workforce Development Institute., Dr. McKenney also oversaw the development of partnerships and collaborative projects with international organizations/agencies as well as U.S.-based organizations.
Dr. McKenney serves on the boards of the National Commission on Cooperative Education, Higher Education Development, and he has served on the board of Skills USA and CompTIA Workforce Commission.
Dr. McKenney began his involvement with AACC (1983) in the Office of College Employer Relations, and soon after served as the Assistant Vice President for Federal Relations with responsibilities covering the reauthorization of the Carl Perkins Vocational Education Act and the Job Training Partnership Act. During this timeframe, both the Advanced Technological Education program of the National Science Foundation and the Tech-Prep Education Act were authorized and funded. Dr. McKenney received his Ph. D from the University of Maryland.